The colossal appetite of Phelps
Wednesday, August 20, 2008 | 01:16 PM ET
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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Amber Hildebrandt writes for CBCNews.ca in Toronto. Growing up on a farm in Manitoba, she acquired an insatiable appetite, but it was during a stint in Japan that she developed her discerning tastebuds and "foodie" ways.
Andrea Chiu is an associate producer at CBC Radio Digital. Though she loves to eat, cook and discuss food, don't ask her to bake. It never turns out well. She tweets as @TOfoodie on Twitter and organizes food and wine events in Toronto called FoodieMeet.
Tara Kimura is the consumer life reporter for CBCNews.ca, covering a wide range of issues that range from rising food costs and the growing organic movement, to new trends in the marketplace.
Andree Lau is a CBC web reporter in Calgary. Her journalism career includes seven years as a CBC-TV reporter. Her own blog called "are you gonna eat that?" chronicles her eating adventures (including sampling snake and camel hoof tendon).
Jessica Wong is a CBCNews.ca writer who loves to eat and cook, as well as discuss, read and watch programming about food, sometimes all at once.
Kevin Yarr, CBCNews.ca's writer in Prince Edward Island, wrote about food and beer for national and regional magazines before joining the CBC. He acquired a desire for new tastes on his first trip to Europe, and an appreciation of eating locally and in season when he finally settled down on P.E.I.
Elizabeth Bridge is a writer with the CBC Digital Archives in Toronto. She first ventured into the kitchen as a child to indulge a sweet tooth by baking cookies and making fudge. A student budget compelled her to be a vegetarian (for a while) and instilled in her an ongoing curiosity about food and cooking.
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