400 meter individual medley


The horrible way broadcasters are talking about female Olympians is a great example of everyday sexism

So far this Olympics, Katinka Hosszu broke the world record in the 400-meter individual medley. Shooter Corey Cogdell won her second bronze medal. Katie Ledecky broke her own world record in the 400-meter freestyle. The headlines write themselves, right? Well, not if you’re concerned with the real stars of these stories — men!

Images: Twitter/Chicago Tribune/Washington Post


NBC’s Dan Hicks said that swimmer Katinka Hosszu’s husband is the “man responsible” for her win

Behind every good woman, there’s a man responsible. Right?! Wrong.So said the internet after NBC commentator Dan Hicks swung the spotlight off Katinka Hosszu, a Hungarian swimmer who’d just broken the world record in the 400-meter individual medley, and onto her husband/coach, Shane Tusup. And even more disturbingly, Hicks refuses to reevaluate his comment.

Picture taken after Michael won his 8th gold medal on the 17th of August 2008 (4x100 meter medley relay)

Name: Michael Fred Phelps

Nicknames: MP, The Baltimore Bullet and the Flying Fish

Date of Birth: 30th of June, 1985

Place of birth: Townson, MD - USA

Nationality: American

Height: 6 ft 4 - 193 cm

Strokes: Backstroke, Freestyle, Butterfly and Individual Medley

Club: North Baltimore Aquatic Club (NBAC)

Coach: Bob Bowman

FIrst International Race: 2000 Sydney Olympics

First Olympics: 2000 Sydney Olympics

Number of Olympics competed at: 4 (2000-2012)

First Olympic Medal: Gold - 400-meter individual medley (Athens 2004)

Number of Olympic medals: 22 (18G - 2S - 2B)

Overal total of medals: 71 medals 

Number of world records (up until 2013): 39 world records (29 individual, 10 relay - All but two of the records were set in a long-course (50-meter) pool),

Years active in racing: 12 years

Status: Retired in 2012  Active (2000-2012 and 2014)

Foundation(s): Michael Phelps Foundation (IM), the Michael Phelps Swim School and KidsHealth.org