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22 reasons to miss Michael Phelps

Friends, competitors, peers and admirers weigh in on what made him great

Updated: August 4, 2012, 8:47 PM ET
By Wayne Drehs | ESPN.com

LONDON -- When it all was officially over, when the 22nd medal had been won and there wasn't an early-morning training session staring him in the face for the first time in his life, Michael Phelps broke down in tears.

He was in the warm-down pool at the time and all he was trying to do was say thanks to his longtime coach, Bob Bowman. With goggles covering his eyes, Phelps told Bowman how he had idolized Michael Jordan his entire life because Jordan was able to do things that no ...

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