It started with a NetsDaily tweet. The tweet noted that back in the mid-90's, when he was 10 years old, Michael Phelps main rival was Kris Humphries. In fact, If you look up U.S. swimming records for 10 year olds, two names stand out: the record holder in both 100 and 50 meter free-style is still, 17 years later, Humphries. Phelps, holds the record for the 100 meter butterfly.
The tweet got retweeted so often that E! Online, which only knows Humphries as a Klan Kardashian refugee, took notice. Leslie Gornstein investigated and found that indeed, when they were in elementary school, Hump was just as good, if not better, than the 19-medal winning Phelps. A classmate described him as "absolutely insane in the water."
Why'd he drop out? He explained it this way to People last year: "I was so good at a young age that I got a little burnt out. I also grew up in the Michael Jordan era ... for me, I watched [basketball] and saw it as a challenge. It's hard to stay focused on something when you have a ton of success at a young age, so I picked up basketball a little later and rolled with that."
Kris Humphries A Faster Swimmer Than Michael Phelps Heres The Truth - Leslie Gornstein - E! Online