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SI Olympics Swimming Cover Comparison

I am certain by now everyone has the seen the comparison of SI covers featuring Mark Spitz (1972) and Michael Phelps (2008):

Sports Illustrated - Mark Spitz Cover

Sports Illustrated - Mark Spitz Cover

Sports Illustrated - Michael Phelps Cover

Sports Illustrated - Michael Phelps Cover

A recent Fox News story details that Mr Spitz in his prime could have given Mr Phelps a run for his money.  That’s probably true, but would it be interesting to see them both race each other for charity?  Or another recent comment from Chad Johnson, Cincinnati Bengal WR, challenging Mr Phelps to a swimming race.  Mr Johnson thinks he could beat Phelps in a race. Again, could this be another charity event race possibility?

Seeing the comparison of the SI cover was great, but I have to say the recent announcement of Mr Phelps being on Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes got a lot of doctors upset.  As documented on August 20th Fox News Grapevine:

Breakfast of Champions?

The endorsements are rolling in for Olympic hero Michael Phelps. But one deal is already drawing some criticism. The swimmer, who won a record eight gold medals in Beijing, will not make the traditional appearance on boxes of Wheaties cereal. Instead, he will show up on boxes of Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes and Corn Flakes.

Some health experts are disappointed. Nutritionist Rebecca Solomon from Mount Sinai Medical Center says, “I would not consider Frosted Flakes the food of an Olympian. I would rather see him promoting Fiber One. I would rather see him promoting oatmeal. I would even rather see him promoting Cheerios.”

Frosted Flakes has three times the sugar as Wheaties and one-third the fiber. But that should not matter to Phelps, who consumes 12,000 calories a day, when training.

Instead of worrying about children eating the Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes, maybe we should be focusing on getting children to exercise more instead of sitting in front of the TV playing video games on the XBox or Wii.  Why did not the doctor foucs on this as well?

Eating a good breakfast at the beginning of  the day is important regardless if one plans to eat cereal like Frosted Flakes or something else.  The key thing our children need to do is exercise.   Mr Phelps is a fine example of eating properly regardless if it a sugar coated cereal and excerising.  If anything, Mr Phelps endorsement should get kids focused on exercising more.

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