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Michael Phelps unhappy with lack of American flag on Olympic swim caps (Picture)

The swim caps the US swimmers will be wearing at the London Olympics are a bit boring. As you can see from the photo above that Michael Phelps tweeted on Thursday, the caps are white and feature a small American flag on one side with the athlete’s name and nothing but a tiny Speedo logo on the other. In years past, a larger American flag was featured on both sides. Apparently the Olympic Committee has made a rule against that for 2012, and Phelps is not pleased about it.

“Front and back of our caps…,” he wrote on Twitter. “We used to be able to have front and back side with flags but for some reason there are rules that tell us we cant do that anymore? Smh gotta love an organizing committee telling us we can’t do that anymore.”

And thus, the overall feeling of unhappiness with all things fashion related at the London Olympics continues. First, we had most of Great Britain unhappy with the uniforms their athletes will be wearing at the Games, which you can see photos of here. Then, there were the Team USA Opening and Closing Ceremony uniforms which aren’t even made in America. Now, the swim caps are being criticized. It’s a good thing the London Eye isn’t just measuring the overall sentiment of tweets with regard to Olympic fashion. If it were, it would be glowing purple all the time.

Michael Phelps reportedly ‘upset’ with Tyler Clary over critical comments

US swimmer Tyler Clary made national headlines on Tuesday for his critical comments about fellow swimmer Michael Phelps, and the 14-time Olympic gold medalist is said to be “upset” with his teammate.

In comments to The Riverside Press-Enterprise published on Monday, Clary questioned Phelps’ work ethic and said the swimming star is “asking to get beat.” Former University of Michigan swim coach Jon Urbanchek, who is Clary’s coach and also close with Phelps, says Michael is bothered by the comments.

“It wasn’t called for, and the timing — this should not be the news going into the Olympics,” said Urbanchek, according to The Baltimore Sun. “I hope the two boys will sit down and talk about it. I know Michael is a little bit upset.”

Clary meanwhile spent part of his day trying to do some damage control. He claimed his words were taken out of context and apologized to Phelps via Twitter.

“It’s too bad that what I was actually trying to say was twisted,” he told one fan. “I am honored to represent USA and swim alongside Michael.”

Clary’s backtracking could have been predicted for anyone who followed the Clyde Drexler-Magic Johnson mess, but it’s hard to take his words as anything other than an attack on Phelps.

I guess we’ll have to wait until later this month to have the mattered sorted out in the pool. And here I was thinking Ryan Lochte was trying to become Phelps’ biggest rival this summer. Looks like the amount of people targeting him is rising.

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Olympic swimmer Tyler Clary says Michael Phelps is ‘asking to get beat’

U.S. Olympic swimmer Tyler Clary has spent a lot of time recently training with Michael Phelps at the University of Michigan. Since Clary is only 23 years old and will be making his first Olympic appearance in London this summer, you might assume Phelps is someone that he looks up to and admires. After all, Phelps is considered by many to be the greatest swimmer to ever live. That hardly seems to be the case.

During a recent interview with Jim Alexander of the Riverside Press-Enterprise, Clary was critical of Phelps and the way he has prepared for London, even venturing to say the man who won eight gold medals in Beijing is “asking to get beat.”

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Michael Phelps on gaining 25 pounds after Beijing: ‘I did nothing, literally nothing’

Michael Phelps didn’t win eight gold medals at the Olympics four years ago solely because he is a naturally good swimmer. It took countless hours of preparation and a willingness to dedicate his entire life to swimming. Once the Beijing Olympics were over and he was officially the world record-holder for gold medals at a single Olympic games, Phelps decided to enjoy some well-deserved relaxation time. In fact, he packed on 25 pounds and sat around doing nothing.

“It was weird going from the highest of the high, the biggest point of your life — winning eight gold medals — and then saying, ‘All right, where do I go from here?’” Phelps reveals in the August issue of Details according to the NY Post. “I wasn’t motivated. I did nothing, literally nothing, for a long time. I gained 25 pounds.

“A friend of mine and I were playing football on the beach in Miami and somebody got a picture of us … (My friend said) ‘Bro, you gotta start working out, man. You are fat.’”

You know how your friends gain weight after college and stuff and you’re kind of surprised but you only talk about them behind their backs? Imagine if one of those friends was the greatest Olympic swimmer to ever live. I’d be shocked, too. Phelps said his 12,000 calorie diet is a myth, but perhaps it became a reality once the games were over. Fortunately for all the Phelps Phans out there, Michael has slimmed down again and is ready to go for London.

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Michael Phelps could give himself chance to break his record of eight gold medals

One big question that many Olympic fans have been pondering in the months leading up to the London Olympics will soon be answered: Will Michael Phelps make an effort to break his own world record of eight gold medals at a single Olympic Games? The short answer is yes. Unfortunately, it may not be that simple.

According to the psych sheet released by USA Swimming on Tuesday, Phelps will compete in seven events at next week’s trials — the 200-meter and 400-meter individaul medleys, the 100-meter and 200-meter butterflys, the 100-meter and 200-meter freestyles, and the 200-meter backstroke. Those seven events combined with the three U.S. team relay events would give Phelps a shot at 10 gold medals. However, qualifying for an event does not necessarily mean he will chose to enter it in London.

“Our typical plan is always to enter more events than he will usually swim so that we have some flexibility should something unforeseen come up,” Bob Bowman, Phelps’ coach, said on Tuesday. “Whether he swims all of those all the way through the events – like, there’s a chance he might swim some of those events in the preliminary and scratch, or whether he swims them all the way through, that still remains to be seen.”

In 2008 at the Beijing Olympics, Phelps raced in three less events than he qualified for back in the States. Bowman previously said that Phelps will only compete in events that he has a chance to win, but for those of us who have seen him swim that means pretty much nothing. If you’re holding out hope that Phelps will try to break his gold medal record this summer, just cross your fingers he only decides to scratch one event.

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Michael Phelps credits Ray Lewis for motivation

Burned out by the rigors it took to amass eight gold medals in Beijing in 2008, Michael Phelps wasn’t sure if he’d have enough motivation to want to compete in another Olympic games.

But, thankfully for swimming fans and Team USA’s medal count, Phelps was able to rekindle his enthusiasm, and he says some of the credit for getting him over the hump belongs to a famous NFL player.

“Someone who helped me find the passion back was Ray Lewis,” Phelps said back in March. “He’s been able to help me kind of just find me.”

Hardly a surprising compliment for the all-pro linebacker, whom Phelps, a native of Baltimore and a big Ravens fan, has become close with. In March, a video of Lewis giving a rousing pregame speech to the Stanford men’s basketball team during its NIT championship run created a buzz around the Internet.

“I love to watch him play. It sends chills up my spine,” Phelps told The Baltimore Sun. “And his words are so powerful. It’s what friends are for.”

Now the question remains if Phelps will have Lewis tag along to London to preach about being “pissed off for greatness” before big races.

H/T Pro Football Talk
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Michael Phelps says his 12,000-calorie diet is a ‘myth’

Four years ago in Beijing, when Michael Phelps wasn’t amazing us with the preposterous things he was pulling off in a swimming pool, the stories about his compulsive eating habits were.

His diet appeared to resemble that of a competitive eater rather than a record-breaking Olympian, and its ascendance from the sports world into pop culture lore all but signaled the diet’s legendary status. And that’s understandable. After all, Phelps was reportedly devouring a mind-boggling 12,000 calories per day.

But now Phelps is saying all the reports about his diet, to borrow a line from Mark Twain, have been greatly exaggerated. The 14-time Olympic gold medalist appeared on Ryan Seacrest’s radio show on Wednesday, and when Seacrest asked Phelps if he still had a mammoth diet, Phelps went into myth-busting mode.

“I never ate that much,” Phelps said. “It’s all a myth. I’ve never eaten that many calories. I wish. It’s just too much though. It would be impossible.”

This is probably a good thing. Anytime you’re housing a pound of pasta and an entire pizza for dinner it can’t be for the better. Although, we just wish Phelps could have cleared this up before we had to endure this lousy sketch from his episode of SNL.

Hear Seacrest’s full interview with Phelps here.

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Photo credit: Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE