The colossal appetite of Phelps
- August 20, 2008 1:16 PM |
- By Amber Hildebrandt
by Amber Hildebrandt, CBCNews.ca
Michael Phelps surprised the world with his gargantuan win of eight gold medals at the Beijing Olympics, but it's his caloric intake that's now stunning everyone.
At 23 years old, he consumes a gut-busting 12,000 calories a day. About 2,000 a day would be typical.
Just for breakfast, Phelps is said to eat his way through a five-egg omelet, a bowl of grits, three fried-egg sandwiches, three chocolate chip pancakes, three pieces of French toast and two cups of coffee.
Attempts by reporters around the world to mirror the mind-boggling consumption of the six-foot-four American had many of them begging for a bucket.
Across the pond, Jon Henley of the UK Guardian ate one-fifth of the calories and appears woeful in an online video as he eyes up a lunch of two mayo-slathered ham sandwiches.
But as Mintz concludes, "There's no hope of coming close to Phelps's intake. The dude is Captain America, Aquaman and Friar Tuck rolled into one, with the drag resistance of an eel."
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