Yes, it’s already been 10 years since American swimmer Michael Phelps captured the world’s amazement by winning an unprecedented eight gold medals at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China.
Get your news fix on happenings outside the pool with the latest ‘Beyond the Lane Lines.’ With each edition, we collect personal stories, little known facts and general items of interest from athletes around the world in their non-aquatic habitats, helping us get to know them for more than just an event ranking or time on a board. Read on and learn something new this week.
No. 1: Royal Mail Uniquely Honors Ross Edgley
The man who successfully competed his attempt to become the first person to swim around mainland Great Britain, Ross Edgley, had his accomplishment recognized with a special stamp by the nation’s Royal Mail service. In recognition of completing the ‘Great British Swim’, Edgley’s name was included in a congratulatory message stamped on every British letter mailed on Nov. 19.