The 2016 Summer Olympics are heating up faster than a dab nail at a party. With the loosening of cannabis testing levels and the return of American superstar Michael Phelps to the sport after his brief retirement after the 2012 Games. Widely hailed as one of cannabis’ poster children of performance, we watch his every achievement with pride. And he’s set a new Olympic Record.
Worth his weight in gold
The Unites States designated Phelps as their flag-bearer for the opening ceremonies this year, and he continues to carry them to victory. Phelps continued his domination of the Olympic pools by earning 4 medals so far this year.
The first gold came the moment he hit the water for the 4 X 100m freestyle relay, bringing his total to 19. Number 20 came right on its heels in the 200m butterfly, and number 21 came from the 4 X 200m freestyle relay.
Now, he has secured number 22 on August 11th in the 200m individual medley. With this win, he added some new Olympic records to his book of accomplishments. He is now the first swimmer to win the same individual event four times, and is only the third Olympian, in any event, to win four times, besides Al Oerter and Carl Lewis.
He also holds the record for most gold medals in a single Olympic Games, with 8 from Beijing in 2008.
With 80 medals in major international competitions (65 gold, 13 silver, and 3 bronze), Phelps (like cannabis) might just be worth his weight in gold.
Beating a 2,000-year-old Olympic Record
With his 22nd gold, giving him 13 gold medals in individual events, Michael Phelps has rewritten history. The previous all-time record of 12 individual medals was set 2,168 years ago by Leonidas of Rhodes, a runner in ancient Greece.
Secrets to Olympic Record success
Lots of factors play into Phelps’ champion level performance. His disproportionately large arm span, long, thin torso, short legs, and size 14 feet that can bend beyond the pointe of a ballet dancer quickly come to mind. But none of that would matter without his elite drive and constant training to be a champion.
Another factor that many believe helps him stand out from the crowd are his lungs. Rumored to hold up to twice the capacity of an average human, that gives him a keep edge in oxygenating his muscles. But what we really love is his use of cannabis in those lungs.
Cannabis and champions
Michael Phelps came under fire in 2008 after rumors of performance-enhancing drugs. In response, he noted that he voluntarily takes part in the United States Anti-Doping Agency testing regimen. However, that doesn’t restrict him from enjoying cannabis.
In 2009, the infamous bong picture of Phelps came to light. He lost Kellogg as a sponsor when he admitted to using cannabis, but that hasn’t slowed him down.
But rules have changed regarding cannabis use for Olympic athletes. The World Anti-Doping Agency raised the acceptable level allowed in the bloodstream. This means athletes can use cannabis during training as long as they don’t use during competition.
Many athletes this year also sport the suction marks on their skin of “cupping”, an ancient Chinese therapy for ridding the body of toxins. Cupping, acupuncture, and cannabis have a long history together.
With such massive lungs, does Phelps train them for endurance with massive bong rips? We can only speculate. But having “the world’s greatest athlete” on the side of cannabis just makes us feel good.
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