I am, like so many, celebrating Michael Phelps and his extraordinary accomplishments at the Olympics. Even Google is in on the act!
Michael is being rightfully celebrated for his stunning personal and athletic accomplishments. He is also being celebrated by our ADD/ADHD community as an outstanding ambassador for what life with ADHD can be like when we are supported and encouraged to develop what we are good at (rather than fix what we’re not). He stands now at the pinnacle of the sporting world. He is also a world class champion when he and his mom stand up and let the world know he is ADHD and proud of it!
In 2007 ADDitude magazine published this article on How to Raise an ADHD Superstar. Michael’s mother, Debbie Phelps was interviewed for this article, along with Dr. Yvonne Pennington (mother of Ty Pennington, star of the hit TV series Extreme Makeover: Home Edition), and Karen Fisher (mother of Danielle Fisher, the youngest person to scale all seven of the worldâ€™s tallest mountains).
You can also watch the wonderful interview with Bob Costas. The first half of the interview is with Michael and his coaches. The interview with his mother starts at the 14:58 mark. Their mutual love, respect, admiration, and support are a joy to watch. They also talk about his ADHD and how swimming plus ADHD became such a winning combination.