Young Michael Phelps, 18, who set eight individual world records in four events during 2003, was Swimming World’s unanimous selection as its Male World Swimmer of the Year. Here is an article he wrote some years ago for Swimming Technique.
One-Arm Butterfly Drill
World record holder Michael Phelps, who does at least 400 yards or meters of drills at every workout, explains and demonstrates his favorite drill, the One-Arm Butterfly Drill.
At the ripe old age of 17, Michael Phelps has established himself as America’s greatest all-around male swimmer, Uncle Sam’s answer to Ian Thorpe.
In 2000, just barely past his 15th birthday, he became the youngest man to make a U.S. Olympic swim team in almost 70 years. In Sydney, he improved his time in prelims, semis and finals, and finished fifth in the 200 meter butterfly.
By 2001, he was ready to take command of his event, lowering the world record at the U.S. Nationals in April while he was still 15, then taking it down to a stunning 1:54.58 while winning gold at age 16 at the World Championships. At year’s end, he was named Swimming World’s male American Swimmer of the Year.