Michael Phelps Wouldn't Have Competed In The 2012 Olympics If Not For Ray Lewis

OK, before we go any further, we have to address Michael Phelps's new look. Apparently, Phelps has been hanging out in a lot of coffee shops and going to a lot of Japandroids concerts since the summer Olympics. Or perhaps he's just a really big fan of that crazy guy who used to edit Gawker. » 1/21/13 1:40pm 1/21/13 1:40pm

Here's Michael Phelps Sinking A 150-Foot Putt At A Scottish Pro-Am

Olympic legend Michael Phelps has picked up golf, taking on Hank Haney as an instructor and managing to register as a 24 handicap. He's playing with Paul Casey at the Dunhill Links Championship pro-am today in Scotland, and he managed to land a putt measured by the Daily Mail as a 50-yarder. The putt took nearly as… » 10/05/12 2:10pm 10/05/12 2:10pm

Michael Phelps Swims His Last Olympic Race. This Does Not Mean We Need To Start Debating His Legacy.

Team USA just put the finishing touches on a gold-medal race in the 4x100 medley relay, earning Michael Phelps his 18th Olympic gold medal. All signs point to this being the last race of Phelps's career, and he represented himself well, swimming a strong leg to help his team to a comfortable victory. » 8/04/12 4:10pm 8/04/12 4:10pm

In What He Called His "Last Individual Swim Ever," Michael Phelps Just Earned Another Gold Medal

Michael Phelps just added to his Olympic-record medal total by winning the 100-meter butterfly in 51.21 seconds, touching the wall ahead of South Africa's Chad Le Clos and Russia's Evgeny Korotyshkin, who tied for second (51.44). As he approached the turn, Phelps looked like he was in trouble. That's him in Lane 4, in… » 8/03/12 3:25pm 8/03/12 3:25pm

How Do Michael Phelps's Current Times Compare To Ones He Swam When He Was Nine Years Old?

Michael Phelps has already become history's most decorated Olympian, and swimming scholars will inevitably analyze his times and technique for years to come. But exactly how far has Phelps come from his humble roots? We got our hands on some meet results from 1995, when he was nine years old. How much faster is… » 8/03/12 2:25pm 8/03/12 2:25pm

Michael Phelps Three-Peats In The 200 Individual Medley

Michael Phelps became the first male swimmer to win the same event in three successive Olympics when he held off American teammate Ryan Lochte to win the 200 Individual Medley with a time of 1:54.27, just off Lochte's world record of 1:54 flat. It was a result that, if his reaction immediately afterward tells us… » 8/02/12 3:37pm 8/02/12 3:37pm

Chinese Olympic Doctor Wonders If Michael Phelps Was Doping Too

Everyone had something to say about Ye Shiwen, the 16-year-old Chinese girl who blew away a world record and even outpaced Ryan Lochte's time over her final 50 meters. Most people kept the "d" word to themselves, calling Ye's swim "unbelievable" or "beyond belief" or "I don't believe she could swim that fast without… » 7/31/12 3:55pm 7/31/12 3:55pm

Michael Phelps Somehow Managed To Blow A Lead This Big

This was Michael Phelps toward the end of the 200 m butterfly final. (You can see exactly how close to the finish he was by contextualizing those staccato red marks* with an overhead photo of the pool.) He wound up finishing second to South Africa's Chad le Clos. Once upon a time, Phelps passed others like that. » 7/31/12 3:45pm 7/31/12 3:45pm