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Posted on Fri, Oct 21, 2011 : 6:50 p.m.

Michael Phelps dives into world of creating a swimming video game

By Staff

Fourteen-time Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps, who spent years training in Ann Arbor, now is trying something new: Creating a video game.



Melanie Maxwell |

According to a report on, Phelps created the swim-themed game for the Xbox-360.

The report says: "'Michael Phelps: Push the Limit' is played without any controllers, allowing players to move their bodies to replicate swimming styles like backstroke, butterfly and breaststroke and virtually swim in competitions around the world."

Phelps trained at the Canham Natatorium on the University of Michigan campus in Ann Arbor from 2004-2008 when his coach, Bob Bowman, led Club Wolverine and U-M's team.

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See photos from Phelps' practice in Ann Arbor in spring 2011.



Mon, Oct 24, 2011 : 12:45 p.m.

I dunno but a swimming game sounds kinda boring. Maybe not but I just can't see how this could be any kind of fun to play


Sat, Oct 22, 2011 : 12:46 p.m.

@Mimisays - Anything that stimulates activity with children is a good thing. Why would you discourage this simply because it IS a video game? It isn't violent and it isn't sitting on a couch with a controller in hand. It's a wonderful idea! Kudo's to Michael Phelps - and - of course GO BLUE!


Sat, Oct 22, 2011 : 2:40 a.m.

Is there any tube pulling involved in the game?


Fri, Oct 21, 2011 : 11:36 p.m.

NOOOOOOO! Just what the overweight children of Michigan need: another video game highlighting a physical activity/sport while the participant is entranced in the lights and actions of a video monitor. OMG! Just go to the Y!


Sat, Oct 22, 2011 : 12:47 p.m.

No see the comments from ru kidding below. You are wrong AND negative.