Michael Phelps and Ian Crocker, Unfiltered Documentary Film

Published back in 2005, this behind-the-scene swimming documentary was the first of its kind.

Michael Phelps was the Baltimore swimming prodigy who never missed a day of practice for nearly five  years. Coming off of his eight Olympic medals from the 2004 Athens Olympics, he was a swim star, but not the icon we know today.

Ian Crocker was the quiet-type, a soft-spoken artist who struggled with competition from the standpoint of beating other people. Ian loved to win, but his drive was different, almost gentle compared to Phelp’s  fierce mindset. Interestingly, Ian has, to this day, the fastest textile-suit 100 meter butterfly.

If you have not seen this documentary film, it is definitely worth a look.

From the editor of Unfiltered:

My role on this project was documentary editor. Worked with a great team and storytellers. A fun project for me. When working the opening sequence, I wanted to portray a sense of loneliness and pressure to perform – the same feeling you have getting up day after day to train. Something I understood as a younger competitive swimmer.

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bobo gigi
8 years ago

Incredible rivalry between MP and Ian Crocker in the 100 fly. Fantastic races, close races with different tactics and race styles. Ian Crocker the sprinter vs MP the finisher. 2003 for Ian Crocker ahead of MP, 2004 for MP ahead of Ian Crocker, 2005 for Ian Crocker with an awesome world record ahead of MP, 2007 for MP ahead of Ian Crocker and 2008 for MP with Ian Crocker 4th. In this race Ian Crocker has 2 world gold medals (2003, 2005), 2 world silver medals (2001, 2007) and 1 olympic silver medal (2004). In this race MP has 3 world gold medals (2007, 2009, 2011), 2 world silver gold medals (2003, 2005) and 3 olympic gold medals (2004, 2008,… Read more »

bobo gigi
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8 years ago

2 world silver medals (2003, 2005) for MP.

8 years ago

where can we see the whole documentary for free?

8 years ago

where can i see the movie for free?

8 years ago

I have this dvd since i think 2006 and love it! Great to see a little more of where they came from, their dedication & of course the fun they have.
If you have the change to pick it up somewhere, this dutch girl says do it!

8 years ago

I’ve been looking for this video for quite some time. When it was available on Swimroom.com or wherever it was, they weren’t selling it outside USA. You can’t download it from anywhere and it’s not on YouTube. So I’m not sure where to look for it.

bobo gigi
8 years ago

World championships final 2003
Olympic games final 2004
World championships final 2005
World championships final 2007
Olympic games final 2008

Reply to  bobo gigi
8 years ago

I think that early dive in 2007 medley relay really broke Crocker’s spirit.

8 years ago

yea, I’ve watched this on youtube a few times through the years. there are some great clips from a ton fo documentaries about phelps….too bad we can’t find the entire documentary. The producers/editors should re-release them. guaranteed it would receive just as much hype as touch the wall (which I’m SOOOOO excited about…been excited since before the olympics when I first saw the trailer!!)

8 years ago

Well, everyone can’t be extraordinary. He was a good athlete that made a team. Phelps’ favorite athlete is the one and only His Airness. They took a recent photo together because they’re both extraordinary! They had that killer mindset the others lacked. If you need a suit to be fast that explains why he’s forgotten.

About Gold Medal Mel Stewart

Gold Medal Mel Stewart

MEL STEWART Jr., aka Gold Medal Mel, won three Olympic medals at the 1992 Olympic Games. Mel's best event was the 200 butterfly. He is a former World, American, and NCAA Record holder in the 200 butterfly. As a writer/producer and sports columnist, Mel has contributed to Yahoo Sports, Universal Sports, …

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