Posted tagged ‘Swimming Posters’

Michael Phelps Swimming Posters

February 10, 2009

There has been a lot written and said about Michael Phelps in the past week. Yes he was caught in a compromising photograph, however we must not forget what this young man has done for the world of sport. No Phelps is not excused from his wrong doings. Yet we must do our best to still recognize and remember his accomplishments. Thus, the staff at Sports Poster Warehouse would once again like to showcase Michael Phelps to the world!

Michael Phelps DETERMINATION Swimming Poster

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Phelps currently holds 32 world records in the sport of swimming. He has accumulated 14 gold and 2 bronze medals over the past 3 summer Olympics. It’s clear that Michael Phelps is already at ‘legendary’ status and is brodering on the debate of ‘greatest athletes of all time’.

Michael Phelps 8 GOLD! Poster

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For these and other great Olympic posters, visit http://www.sportsposterwarehouse.com.

Michael Phelps Swimming Posters – “Ready…” and “Athens Haul” Now Available

August 20, 2008
Michael Phelps Ready Poster - Speedo 2008

Michael Phelps "Ready" Poster - Speedo 2008

It took an amazing eight gold medals in a single Olympic games – but finally, our customers are desperately seeking Michael Phelps posters! It will likely be a couple of months before anything specifically commemorating his Beijing 2008 performance will be released, but in the meantime, we’ve added two spectacular posters to our selection. First, there’s “Ready…” (see pic above), an intense, patriotic beauty released in June 2008. Published for distribution to Sports Authority stores by Speedo in anticipation of the Olympics, very few of these ended up in customers’ hands. We were lucky enough to obtain a small quantity from a Boston-area memorabilia dealer, and are making them available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Also available is this step back in time, “Athens Haul”, to his last eight-medal performance (6 gold, 2 bronze). A classic collector’s item, officially licensed by the USOC:

Michael Phelps Athens Haul 2004 Olympics Poster

Michael Phelps "Athens Haul" 2004 Olympics Poster

We’re working on bringing in a couple more options from a source in Phelps’ agent’s office. Stay tuned!
UPDATE: Now also in stock: “8 Gold!” and “Determination” (Butterfly), both from the 2008 Summer Games in Beijing:
Michael Phelps "8 Gold!" Sports Illustrated Cover Poster

Michael Phelps "8 Gold!" Sports Illustrated Cover Poster

 

Michael Phelps "Determination" (Butterfly) Poster

Michael Phelps "Determination" (Butterfly) Poster

From Hippie Hearthrobs to Relentless Runners: Motivational Posters and Me

April 3, 2008

By Islay Julen, Operations Manager, Sports Poster Warehouse

 

I never bought a poster - sports or otherwise - when the craze hit in the 60’s. Yes, unfortunately, I do remember that far back, when it seemed you could find a poster shop on every block, alongside a record store or head shop!

Nevertheless, the psychedelic, Day-Glo poster art of that era (some of it now worth thousands) did appeal to me. How could it not? The likenesses of Davy Jones, the Beatles and countless other heartthrobs of the moment were immortalized in life-size images that stared out from the walls of rec rooms and bedrooms in the homes of virtually all my friends. But because money was in short supply during my growing-up years, whatever I earned went for other objects of my affection – make-up, love beads, and the like.

Back then, as well, I didn’t exactly see myself becoming an employee of the world’s largest online retailer of sports posters early in the new millennium. This is not to say that I didn’t fall in love with the job, because I did. Part of the reason for that, I suppose, was the way the job and its link to sports dove-tailed so nicely with other changes then going on in my life.  I had surprised everyone, especially myself, by becoming an avid distance runner, after years of refusing to do anything that made for perspiration! In the process, I emerged as the cliché convert, proselytizing anyone who’d listen on the joys of running and physical fitness. 

The first poster I ever purchased was for my partner, Stephen.  That piece of wall art, titled Winter Running, features a sentiment that we whole-heartedly share – “The air may chill, the snow may fall, but the runner’s passion never cools.”  Winter running, you’ve gotta do it to love it!

Winter Runner RUNNER’S PASSION Poster

My second poster was for my special “Running Room” (otherwise known as the den) at home. Long ago I became addicted to those shiny participation medals handed out at races and wanted to show them off to family and friends. So my partner and I mounted them (with other race paraphernalia) in shadow boxes on the four walls of our one-room running retreat.  To pull the display together, we needed a “statement piece.” So up on one wall went a poster called, Sharing the Passion, depicting a couple running together at sunset. 

Running Wall including Sharing the Passion Poster

Then, last year, I gave a poster to a young man whom I had the pleasure of spending some time with during the previous summer. He had run with his father, grandfather, and me in his first race ever – a 5Kand came in second in his age group. This, I thought, was clearly poster-worthy.  So back at work I found the perfect running poster, duly delivered it to him and enjoyed the smile it brought to his face.  Challenge Running was a great hit.  So for Christmas, Steve Prefontaine, one of America’s legendary short-distance runners, featured on one of our posters found it was into the Christmas packages  under their tree.  Not wanting his sister, an avid swimmer on her varsity team, to be left out, I picked out Destiny Lies Ahead.  She beamed (I thought) and it now graces her bedroom wall.

Womens Swimming Poster Destiny Lies Ahead

Now I’m in full poster giveaway mode. I found the perfect poster for the next run those three great guys (the young man, his father, and grandfather) will be running together.  The poster – “Winners”, featuring three people running together, away from the camera into the sunrise – will tickle me when they all sign it, and I have it mounted for preservation.

Winners Running Poster Running Trio

Do some of my family and friends think I go too far?  Do they consider my running walls cheesy? Probably. My joy in finding a passion knows no bounds, and for this I am willing to put up with huge amounts of ribbing. Motivational posters are my new best friend, so be careful. If I know you, I’ll probably find a perfect one for you sooner or later, pop it into a tube and send it your way.


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