Olympian and fighter Ronda Rousey calls out Michael Phelps
Before becoming an MMA fighter and the Strikeforce bantamweight champion, Ronda Rousey made her name by winning a bronze medal in judo at the Beijing Olympics. In a recent interview with Elie Seckbach, she talked about how great it was for all Olympians, no matter the stature, to get together and have fun. |
Well, almost all Olympians. There was one Olympian who didn't want to mingle: Michael Phelps.
Rousey said while at a party for all American Olympians, the athletes happily mingled together. NBA players hung with the rest of the group, but Phelps had his own area that was just for his group.
"These NBA players are a bigger deal than this guy, and they're hanging out with us. We're teammates. We're not a bunch of groupies. Come hang out with us," Rousey said.
She said it was a similar set-up when Team USA visited "The Oprah Winfrey Show," which rubbed her the wrong way.
"I don't like being somebody's teammate and being treated like I'm a groupie. I didn't even want to go out of my way to say hello to that guy. Get over yourself. All you do is swim. If someone slapped you every time you jumped in the pool, I might have a little respect, but I was a swimmer before I did this stuff, and you can't tell me that swimming is OH MY GOD, because it's not."
Rousey isn't the first athlete to criticize Phelps, who can break Larissa Latynina's all-time medal record with three medals in London. Fellow swimmer Tyler Clary questioned Phelps' work ethic after the Olympic Trials.
I actually kinda agree. Phelps is obviously brilliant, but it is annoying how people say that he is a God and he is THE reason to watch the olympics.
His 22 medals is a big accomplishment, but there is a detail that no many people seems aware of. Swimmers compete for many medals, like 10. Most of the athletes compete for only 1 or 2. Obviously he has much more chances of winning tons of medals, so saying that he is the best athlete in the history because he won 22 medals is BS. He is maybe the best swimmer of all times, but to say that he is a God, a fucking icon. I even have a friend that says "Athletes are getting better thanks to Michael Phelps"....please!!
I have more respect for people that everyday get their ass kicked in the gym and maybe they will never win one single medal at all. Also, I think that MMA training is far more tough than the training a swimmer does.
BTW this is not the first time I hear someone say that he is pretty arrogant.