Friday, August 15, 2008

More with Debbie Phelps

I'm posting a snippet of my interview with Debbie Phelps. She's an impressive lady. Her son, as we're discovering, is the greatest swimmer of all time. Our chat took place some months ago in her office at Windsor Mill Middle School.

In this part of the interview, Debbie describes her own childhood in Western Maryland("I was a tomboy"), explains why her children joined their first swim team (It was the pediatrician's idea) and why she never hesitated to shuttle them to practices and meets.

At the beginning, I refer to "Paul." That's former Baltimore Sun sportswriter Paul McMullen, author of "Amazing Pace," a book about Michael and his remarkable swimming life.

Debbie refers to her two daughters - Michael's older sisters - Hilary and Whitney.

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