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Michael Phelps stoked about receiving tweets from Lil Wayne, Young Jeezy

Michael Phelps may be the most popular athlete in the world right now, but that doesn’t mean he’s above acting like an excited fan when he receives tweets from celebrities.

Phelps, who added to his record Olympic medals total with a gold in the 200-meter individual medley on Thursday, spent a portion of his time the past few days responding to congratulatory tweets. Two in particular stood out to him.

The first came from rapper Lil Wayne, who goes by the Twitter handle @liltunechi:

The second came from rapper Young Jeezy a day later:

Phelps has received countless congratulatory tweets, but he referenced those two specifically during an interview with NBC’s Andrea Kremer after he won gold in the 200m IM.

“I’ve been enjoying myself and, yes, I have been able to have some pretty cool things,” said Phelps. “I got a tweet from Lil Wayne. [Ryan Lochte and I] got tweets from Jeezy.”

Well what do you know? I guess Lil Wayne and Young Jeezy are for Phelps like what Justin Bieber is for Missy Franklin. And there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that.

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Michael Phelps’ gold medal reward? A photo shoot with Bar Refaeli in a bikini

Guess all those hours in the pool training for competition are worthwhile. Not only is Michael Phelps cleaning up in the medal department at the 2012 Summer Games in London, but he also seems to be enjoying himself outside the pool.

The 27-year-old swimming stud posed in a photo shoot with model Bar Refaeli. Based on the picture Refaeli shared on her Twitter account Wednesday, it’s difficult to tell what Phelps is wearing, but we’re guessing he had some sort of shorts/undergarment on.

The photo shoot may have provided an odd moment for the two because of what they share in common. Refaeli seems to be dating snowboarder/skateboarder Shaun White, who is also friends with Phelps. And even though we’re painting this as if Phelps is the lucky party, based on her enjoyment of male swimmers, Refaeli may have been equally excited.

Kris Humphries was once the top swimmer in his age group, ahead of Michael Phelps

Had Nets forward Kris Humphries not taken a liking to basketball at a young age, we might be sitting here talking about how he is the most decorated Olympian in world history. Okay, so maybe it’s not that simple, but Humphries was a tremendous swimmer in his youth. According to NetsDaily.com, Humphries was the top swimmer in his age bracket when he was 10 years old. Some guy named Michael Phelps was right behind him.

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Michael Phelps admits practice habits hurt him in 200m butterfly finish

Michael Phelps won two medals at the Summer Games on Tuesday to become the most decorated athlete in Olympics history. He won a gold in the 4×200 relay and silver in the 200-meter butterfly — his signature event — to give him 19 career Olympic medals.

Phelps appeared to have gold in hand in the 200 fly, but he was caught mid-stroke as he reached for the pad and Chad le Clos of South Africa sneaked in to beat him by 0.05 seconds. Phelps later admitted that his practice habits probably hurt him at the finish.

“It’s probably the finishes that I’ve done in workout ended up coming out here,” Phelps told NBC’s Bob Costas in response to a question about the disappointment of losing the lead. “There were times where I would go kind of slow into the wall in workout or touch kind of lazy, and it showed.

“At the same time I’ve had a great career,” Phelps said. “That’s my fourth Olympic final in the 200 fly and sure, I would have liked to have been .05 or .06 seconds faster, but there’s nothing I can do about that right now and it’s time to move forward and that’s what I’m preparing for.”

Phelps had not lost in the 200-meter butterfly in a major international competition since 2002. He could have had this one, but he didn’t finish strong enough. Still, if you look back at Phelps’ career at the Olympics, he won so many other races by similar slight margins that it’s hard to be bitter about one going against him.

Phelps has had a more casual attitude and approach to these Games recognizing that everything he accomplishes in London only further cements his outstanding legacy, but he said it was tough for him to get over being beaten. Meanwhile, Tyler Clary, who finished fifth in the event, is sitting somewhere saying “told ya so.”

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Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte share support for one another on Twitter

It’s no secret that Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte are huge rivals. Phelps is coming off the greatest individual Olympic performance in history four years ago but, after finishing off the podium on Saturday, has clearly lost a step. Lochte, meanwhile, is arguably the best swimmer in the world today and is poised for a monster Games in London.

These are two alpha dogs who probably see the other as infringing on his territory. But at the same time they’re countrymen who should have each other’s support. And we saw just that on Twitter after Lochte came away with the gold after their first showdown on Saturday:

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Michael Phelps just woke up from a nap before taking hilarious head shot picture

The photo you see above is the official head shot Michael Phelps took for his London Olympics badge. The photo received plenty of attention on the Internet the past few days for obvious reasons — Phelps looks all whacked out and the picture looks more like a mug shot than an Olympics head shot.

Well Phelps explained why he appeared so disheveled in the picture.

“That’s a hot picture,” Phelps said, laughing, according to USA Today. “Actually, when I saw this, I didn’t think they were going to let me into the village.”

According to USA Today, Phelps says it was taken after an afternoon nap while he was in Colorado for training, “so that’s why the hair is all over the place. I look a little out of it.”

Alright Phelps, we give you a break. But you have to know better, buddy; anything you do will be scrutinized, and that includes taking oddball photos. You should be taking everything as seriously as you do a trip to the Oprah Winfrey Show.

Ronda Rousey slams Michael Phelps for snobby behavior

Ronda Rousey is rapidly developing a reputation for being unafraid to say what’s on her mind. The current Strikeforce women’s bantamweight champion and former Olympics bronze medalist recently made headlines when she said she wanted to beat the crap out of Kim Kardashian. Rousey is back at it again, only this time she’s taking aim at Michael Phelps.

In an interview with reporter Elie Seckbach (seen above), Rousey discussed her experience as a judo fighter at the 2008 Summer Games in Beijing. Rousey advised athletes to use lots of condoms while they’re in London (the secret about the Olympic Village has been exposed!), talked about athletes gone wild with partying, and she suggested they pack lightly. She also dished on one of the athletes who she felt was stuck up.

“Michael Phelps kind of annoyed me a little bit,” Rousey told Seckbach. “We had this club thing for the US team and all the Olympians are hanging out together, all the NBA players are hanging out, and Michael Phelps needed his own private section of the club,” she ranted.

“All these NBA players are a bigger deal than this guy and they’re hanging out with the rest of us. We’re like, ‘Hello, we’re your teammates! We’re not a bunch of groupies! Come hang out with us! Who are you?'”

Rousey also shared a story about the time several US medalists visited “The Oprah Winfrey Show.” She says all the NBA players including Kobe Bryant were hanging out with everyone else, but Phelps wasn’t.

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