criticism from 2008...
There are simply too many swimming events at the Olympics. This is quantified because one single person is able to win almost 10 medals at one event ... and he is only good at one sport... "swimming". Why the multiple styles and lengths if one person is able to win so many? Doesnt that indicate that they are too similar?
I do not by any means blame Phelps, he is merely responding to the opportunities presented to him, I am blaming Olympic organisers for creating 17 mens swimming events. No wonder he is "the great", if he was a basketballer, he would only have one single chance.
I would start saying the same if in athletics one person was winning so many, but currently its not so bad, so it means that the variations are enough to create different winners.
There's 38 events this year with 305 Golds. Swimming has 34 Gold medals on offer! Basketball, Baseball, Soccer, Hockey and Tennis all added together have 12 Golds on offer.