Memories from the Beijing Olympics

August 26, 2008

Water-Cube Now that the 29th Olympic Games have come to a close, I've been thinking back to all the memorable moments over the past few weeks.  There were a lot of surprise victories, many upsets and many world records.

To me, and I'm sure to many of you, these Olympics will be remembered because of Michael Phelps and his eight gold medals in swimming, making his total career gold medal count 14 - more than any other Olympian.

I find Michael Phelps' journey very inspiring.  Not only does he have a body built for swimming with large hands and size 14 feet - he has his own personal flippers - but he has an amazing ability to be disciplined and tremendous stamina.  The discipline says that he swims every day of the year - 365 days - even on Christmas, Thanksgiving and his birthday.  He completes at least two full workouts a day, when getting ready for a competition will workout up to four times a day and swims 40 - 50 miles a week.

But, boy, does he eat.  He eats 12,000 calories a day to maintain his ideal body weight.  A website says for breakfast he has "three fried-egg sandwiches loaded with cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, fried onions and mayonnaise.  Two cups of coffee.  One five-egg omelet.  One bowl of grits.  Three slices of French toast topped with powdered sugar.  And three chocolate-chip pancakes."  I wish there were a lot of Michael Phelpses eating in our hotel restaurants!

What a great example he is of discipline, hard work, total commitment and the importance of training.  I want to congratulate Michael on his amazing accomplishment, as well as all the other Olympians who made these Games so exciting to watch.

I'm Bill Marriott and thanks for helping me keep Marriott on the move.

Memories from the Beijing Olympics

The comments to this entry are closed.


Feed You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post.

Dear Bill Marriott

May I ask you to look at my website please:

I am 16 years old and I have been selected for the GB Programme.

I would like to discuss the possibility of forming a partnership with Marriott Hotels - and share and promote each others success stories.

This is a serious request.

Kind Regards
Rhys Walker

The Olympics were great and I'm still watching them via the nbcolympics web page. Re: Steve's comment, there is no chance of Mr. Phelps going broke eating at the Marriott. He's been a millionaire for many years prior to these Olympics from his endorsements.

On another sidenote, right before the start of the Olympics I was listening to a local sports talk radio show here in D.C. and two of the reporters were talking about how the Olympics have sort of lost their luster over the years (I disagree, but that's not the point). Then one of the reporters said that the only thing that matters now to journalists covering an Olympics is whether or not there is a Marriott in the host city. The other reporter immediately chimed in and said that staying at a Marriott is the only thing he enjoys about his job when he needs to travel. Just thought I would share this story.

i loved the olympics. What a wonderful show for the past month.
jay a href= Monday/a

Had a great stay in Beijing Courtyard North East and hope you'll understand that highlight for me was watching my daughter swim in the Great Britain 100m freestyle relay!

Michael Phelps would not be able to eat that much food in a Marriott restaurant without going broke. Marriott chain restaurant prices are ridiculous especially in bigger city markets. Make the prices more reasonable and more people would eat there. I for one object to paying $15.00 for a Marriott burger and outrageous prices for so-so steaks and I eat on company expenses! I always choose to visit local restaurants instead.

Instead of going out for Breakfast, Michael should just pay for a room at the Fairfield Inn and eat the WONDERFUL free breakfast - I think he would save money! I'm in the lobby of the Savannah GA Fairfield and am stuffed from eating 1/10th of that list!
Have a great Holiday Weekend!

I found it absolutely incredible in one expose' it said MPhelps eats 4 pizzas and 20 bowls of pasta to keep his carb level up. I know where he goes for pizza at home & its good but....that good? He also eats lots of Chinese takeout. I wonder where that is.
Michael seems to be so well adjusted. He laughs, has the same friends and loves his dog. What a great role model for youth. He deserves a medal! :)
My husband and I stay at Marriott's exclusively even on our 3 recent cross country trips moving from NM to MD.
Just one thing, I wish your Marriott specialist program was extended to include CLIA agency's. I have just moved to a CLIA agency and will lose my yearly Marriott benefits.

Holy Cow!!!! I just gained three pounds and developed a case of indigestion just reading about it!

Dear Mr. Marriott,
We you able to attend the Olympics in Beijing? Hopefully you had 100% occupancy during the games! On a sidebar, if you have seen, Hard Knocks, the story about the Dallas Cowboys Training Camp on HBO, they stay in Marriott Hotels.