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Q: How have Michael Phelps' achievements influenced you?

Aug. 5, 2012 at 3:05 a.m.

FILE - This combination of photos shows United States' Michael Phelps holding each of his eight gold medals after (top, left to right) the 400m individual medley, 4 x 100m freestyle relay, 200m freestyle, 200m butterfly, (bottom, left to right) 4 x 200m freestyle relay, 200m individual medley, 100m butterfly and the 4x100-meter medley relay at the Beijing 2008 Olympics in Beijing.  Phelps retires with twice as many golds as any other Olympian, and his total of 22 medals is easily the best mark.

We asked four people at Victoria's Aquatics Center: How have Michael Phelps' achievements influenced you?

Robert Peterson, 25, Transports:

"It's great to watch him go out as a competitor and this being his four year at the Olympics, going out and still having the drive to go out and win gold medals. It really tells you that he's been putting in his work in the past four years and it's been great to see an athlete with that much dedication to their sport."

Simon Hung, 31, Mechanical Engineer:

"He's an idol for most of swimmers. It's really exciting watching him and see his race with Lochte."

Aryanna Bernal, 10:

"He makes me want to swim more."

Gabby Hernandez, 11:

"Yeah, because it's fun and exercises."



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