September 22nd, 2008 by Lauren McKay

Michael Phelps won eight gold medals in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Last week, he hosted the premiere of Saturday Night Live.

Today, he added a new line item to his resume: Drawing the raffle during Monday’s Oracle OpenWorld keynote.

What does Phelps have to do with software? Perhaps I’ll list some overlaps:

  • Phelps spends a lot of time in the pool training for races. Software developers spend hours tweaking, upgrading, and innovating new products and enhancements to software.
  • Both Phelps and developers have vigorous training/developing regiments.
  • Both Phelps and software require lots of support in order to keep the endurance going. In Phelps’s case, that sustainment comes from pancakes and eggs. In the instance Oracle users, the support comes in “My Oracle Support.” Same thing, right?
Phelps briefly took the stage as an effort to get attendees jazzed about this week’s OpenWorld lineup. He shared a bit about his daily regiment:

At 10 am, I am going back into bed. The hardest part is getting into the water at about 7 – 7:30 in the morning. I’ll eat a little something then [train for a few hours]. After swimming, I just chow down until I am absolutely full on eggs pancakes….I’m sure you’ve all heard about the “diet.” I hop back into bed, take 3-4 hour nap, wake up, have lunch, jump back to the pool, spend 2-3 hours in the water, lift weights. I eat and sleep and do it all again. It’s pretty easy– eat, sleep, and swim.

Aside from the brief celebrity athlete appearance, this mornings OOW keynote was chuck-full of product and strategy announcements. Check out one-on-one interviews with the keynote speakers here. And stay tuned for a news story on with more details on news out of Oracle OpenWorld ’08. And if you’re wondering if I have had a chance to rub elbows with the Olympic champ? Let’s just say, that with 43,000 people in attendance here at OpenWorld, anything’s possible…

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