As I read your article about Michael Phelps (Mind Boggling, April 9), the only thing I could think was, Why is he not included with Tiger Woods and Roger Federer in the conversation about who most dominates his respective sport? Phelps's winning seven gold medals at the world championship is the equivalent of Woods's winning the Masters by 20 strokes or Federer's winning the French Open without losing a set. What Phelps did is more remarkable than Mark Spitz's 1972 Olympic performance because Phelps was breaking world records—which he had previously set—by up to two seconds.
D.J. Kadamus, Garden City, N.Y.
Let's not dethrone Mark Spitz, who won seven gold medals and set seven world records at the 1972 Munich games. His performance is still unsurpassed.
Carolyn Finneran, Gig Harbor, Wash.
Mr. Nice Guy
To be the best at your sport and still keep a level head seems to be next to impossible for today's athletes. But it appears that young Roger Federer (LIFE OF REILLY, April 9) has somehow succeeded in being nice, supportive and generous in a sporting world where "me, me and me" are typically a superstar athlete's top three priorities. Sign me up for my first-ever fan club.
Bob Puthoff, Cincinnati
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