Michael Phelps is the most decorated Olympian of all-time. He’s won 23 gold medals and 28 overall.
But back in 1995, Kris Humphries beat the swimming legend — and more than once. Before he gave up swimming — and embarked on a career with the Minnesota Golden Gophers and in the NBA, a 10-year-old Humphries had the fastest time in six different events, Hawks.com KL Chouinard reports.
In results that can be found on usaswimming.com, Humphries had the country’s best times for the 10 and under boys in the 50m freestyle, 100m freestyle, 50m backstroke, 50m breaststroke, 50m butterfly and 200m individual medley.
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Humphries ultimately gave up competitive swimming to pursue basketball. In a story on People.com, Humphries said he was so good at swimming he got “a little burnt out.” His swimming passion gone, Humphries decided to focus on basketball.
He played one college season with Minnesota before going pro. In the 2003-04 season, though the Gophers struggled to a losing season, Humphries averaged 21.7 points and 10.1 rebounds. He was the 14th overall pick in the NBA.
He’s played 12 seasons in the NBA, averaging a double-double twice with the New Jersey Nets in 2010-11 and 2011-12. He’s currently with the Atlanta Hawks.
There’s no telling how good Humphries could have been had he stuck with swimming. Phelps could end up being a once-in-a-lifetime athlete, so it wouldn’t be fair to expect Humphries to progress in the same way.
Besides, there’s no shame in having a long NBA career.