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Believe it or not, he was really cool to hang out with.
here’s the New York Times story:
To become the top swimmer in the world Michael Phelps had to make sacrifices. An undeveloped social life left the Olympian somewhat one-dimensional. After Beijing, Phelps was encouraged to decompress and explore the life of a normal twenty-something. After photos emerged of Phelps smoking marijuana at a private party in South Carolina, he endured the kind of public scorn felt by very few 23-year-olds. A newfound interest in golf and business investments are adding to Phelps’s life experiences, but the most important thing for him right now is to train for London in 2012.
get it? reflection? adding deminsions? I’m so clever.
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Michael Phelps checks his pulse at the end of a light Thursday practice at the Loyola College Aquatic Center in Baltimore, Thursday, May 7, 2009. Bob Bowman, coach of the elite North Baltimore Aquatic Club, watches over Phelps and the rest of the team.
I don’t think these images of him working out are as impressive, visually as the portraits, but I think they give the viewers a better idea of how he is as a person.
I think this picture of Katie Hoff making a face at Michael is indicative of their seemingly competitive friendship.
Michael Phelps’s friendly teasing elicits a look from fellow Olympic swimmer Katie Hoff, during the elite North Baltimore Aquatic Club’s practice at the weight room of Loyola College Aquatic Center, in Baltimore, Thursday, May 7, 2009. Todd Patrick, back right, listens in.
Pull ups are more difficult for Olympian Michael Phelps with a 45 lbs. weight vest. After a low energy Thursday practice in the water, members of the North Baltimore Aquatic Club lift weights at the Loyola College Aquatic Center’s weight room in Baltimore, May 7, 2009.
Michael Phelps pounds fists with North Baltimore Aquatic Club teammate Brennan Morris after a set of push-ups during practice at the weight room in the Loyola College Aquatic Center in Baltimore, Thursday, May 7, 2009. The team’s strength and conditioning coach Dawn-Marie Cain, is seen on the bottom right.