The grandest of Olympic champions, Michael Phelps, churned his way to immortality on Sunday, nailing an unprecedented eight consecutive gold after powering the United States to victory in the 4x100-meter medley relay.
I knew training as a competitive swimmer took a lot of work but what I didn't know is that it takes a whole lot of food too.
Here's what Phelps said about his eating habits: "I was told I was supposed to eat between 8,000 and 10,000 calories a day. I just sort of try to cram whatever I can into my body."
Following is a typical breakfast for Michael Phelps:
* 3 fried egg sandwiches
* 3 slices of french toast
* a bowl of grits
* a five egg omelet
* 3 chocolate chip pancakes
The diet sounds deadly but trainers say consuming that many calories isn't all that unusual for a competitive swimmer.
Listen to Sports dietician Caroline Mandel explain why it's necessary for an athlete to eat so much food.