Kris Humphries Beat Michael Phelps at Swimming a Bunch of Times as a Youngling

Bradley Whitaker
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Atlanta Hawks power forward Kris Humphries has some extreme bragging rights, and it has nothing to do with basketball or his 72-day marriage to Kim Kardashian.

There was once a time Humphries was a better swimmer than 23-time gold medalist Michael Phelps.

And there’s proof!

According to Dahvi Shira of People, Humphries was such a dominant swimmer at 10 years old, he decided to switch to basketball because it presented more of a challenge to him.

Still holding records to this day, [Humphries] was considered the top swimmer in the nation when he was 10, even beating out Michael Phelps. “I was so good at a young age that I got a little burnt out,” Humphries says. “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.”

Just to put things in perspective, Humphries wasn’t winning because he was a lot older. In fact, Phelps is four months older than Kris. He was just that good.

Here are the results, which were probably dug out of an attic somewhere in Minnetonka, Minnesota:

So remember, the next time you watch a swimming medal ceremony, just know Kris Humphries could have been standing atop the podium, had he not chosen a sport he’s way worse at.

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