Michael Phelps turns from swim star to movie star in a new short film released as the 14th FINA World Championships gets underway in Shanghai.
Made in Phelps’ home city of Baltimore, Maryland, USA, the Speedo sponsored film recounts Michael’s journey from a 7-year-old afraid to put his face in the water to a 15-year-old world record breaker, and beyond into the swimming phenomenon he is today.
In the film Michael is shown returning to Meadowbrook Pool where he learned to swim and where, through the Michael Phelps Foundation and Michael Phelps Swim Schools, he now introduces children to swimming and promotes water safety.
The film sees Michael share his story as Speedo looks for swimmers to sign up to its Unforgettable Swims campaign, a new online community which allows swimmers to upload their stories of memorable moments in the water. You can read Goggleblog’s Unforgettable Swim story here.
Says Vice President of Product and Marketing at Speedo International, Sean Hastings:
“Michael Phelps has provided fans of swimming with many unforgettable swims over the course of his career. We believe that sharing the story of his journey from a seven-year-old taking to the pool for the first time, to the champion he is now will inspire others to swim.”
A 30 second version of the film will be shown on big screens within Shanghai’s Oriental Sports Centre for the duration of the championships, and can also be seen on Michael Phelps’ official Facebook page at www.facebook.com/michaelphelps.
Meanwhile a full-length two minute version can be watched exclusively by fans of Speedo International at www.facebook.com/speedo.
You can see a clip from the video below: