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www.olympic.orgOLYMPIC REVIEW27PHELPS TARGETINGRECORD HAULMichael Phelps is aiming tobreak one of the landmarkperformances in the history ofthe Olympic Games when he bids foreight gold medals in Beijing - and hehas the backing of the man he hopes to overtake.Mark Spitz remains a sporting legendafter he won seven swimming golds inMunich in 1972, a success his fellowAmerican matched at the WorldChampionships in Melbourne in March,a thrilling foundation for what mighthappen in China next August.Phelps, who broke five world recordsin Melbourne, said: "This is the best-case scenario for what we had in mindleading into the trials and OlympicGames. I'm hitting my peak. I want to be one of the greatest swimmers of all time." Spitz watched his races in Melbourneand said: "Records are made to bebroken. Michael Phelps does have achance. But just as the same happenedfor me, a lot of things have to go right."Below Michael Phelps of the US isaiming to win eight gold medals inBeijing next yearBEIJINGCOUNTDOWN

When Frenchman Pierre de Coubertin setout to revive the Olympic Games in1894, his goal was to do more thanestablish a modern sporting competition. His ambitionwas to create an international movement that wouldpromote an integrated culture of athleticism andeducation, position sport as a model for peace andharmony, and safeguard a set of values that extend wellbeyond the playing field. He saw these Olympic valuesas critical to distinguishing the Olympic Games from allother sporting events and, more importantly, tounderpinning all of the Olympic Movement's activities. Coubertin's foresight has paid off. Today, theOlympic values of excellence, friendship and respectare the heart and soul of the Olympic Movement. Theypermeate every action and decision. The sustainabilityof these values over time has not only elevated thediscipline of sport on a world stage, but has alsoplayed a major role in the Olympic Movement's long-term success. Above all, the values Coubertinespoused 113 years ago continue to shape a globaldialogue on the role of sport in society today. ?RightThat sportshould play animportant part inchildren'seducation was afundamentalbelief of Pierre deCoubertin, thefounder of themodern OlympicMovementOLYMPIC VALUESTHEOLYMPICVALUESSTEVEN MAASSEXAMINES HOW THEOLYMPIC MOVEMENT DEFINES ITS COREVALUES OF EXCELLENCE, FRIENDSHIP ANDRESPECT AND HOW THESE VALUES UNDERPIN ALL OF ITS ACTIVITIES TODAY