In the Wake of a Superstar

Keeping up with Michael Phelps at Oracle OpenWorld

MichaelPhelps.jpgBy Stephen Fox.

Did you catch Michael Phelps yesterday? The U.S. Olympic gold medalist made quite a splash at the Monday morning keynote. Phelps joined Oracle President Charles Phillips for a brief Q&A. Sitting side-by-side, Phillips and Phelps joked about the similarities between being a developer and training for the Olympics.

Recounting his daily regimen, Phelps highlighted his early morning swims, huge meals, and restorative naps. "It's pretty easy," he said. "Eat, sleep, and swim."

That single-minded focus led Phelps to unprecedented success in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, breaking four individual world records and earning eight gold medals—the most in any single Olympic Games.

Phillips continued the keynote without assistance from the swimmer, pointing out highlights of Oracle's "Year of Innovation." But Phelps wasn't done yet. He returned at the end of remarks from NetApp President and Chief Operating Officer Tom Georgens to award tickets to the Oracle OpenWorld Appreciation Event to two audience members.

Following the keynotes, Phelps went to the Oracle DEMOgrounds to sign posters for a long line of admirers. This sounds like a busy agenda, but it's nothing compared to swimming 17 times in nine days at the Olympics.

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