CBC announcer Elliotte Friedman committed a broadcaster’s worst nightmare when he completely botched his call of the men’s 200m individual medley on Thursday at the Summer Olympics in Rio.
Friedman confused Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte because the two were next to each other in their lanes in the pool, and he ended up saying that Lochte was upsetting Phelps and had won the race:
— Bryan (@NachoHelmet) August 12, 2016
It was actually Phelps who dusted the competition while Lochte faded and didn’t even medal.
Friedman had nothing left to do but issue this apology:
I'm sorry everyone. I blew it. No excuses
— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) August 12, 2016
When Michael Phelps won Olympic gold medal No. 22, there was no shortage of eyes on the race. In Baltimore, the competition received special attention during a preseason NFL game.
Phelps, who was born and raised in Baltimore, swam in the 200m individual medley final on Thursday. The race was taking place in Brazil at the same time as the preseason game between the Ravens and Panthers. The Ravens announced the day before they would air the event on the video boards at M&T Bank Stadium. When they did, members of both teams stopped on the field to watch.
Players from both teams watching on the big board as the Phelps race is shown. Phelps is a Baltimore guy. pic.twitter.com/fMP4aDsnfV
— Joe Person (@josephperson) August 12, 2016
The crowd at Ravens stadium watching as Phelps wins another gold (on delay) pic.twitter.com/88RHcuIUme
— Justin Fenton (@justin_fenton) August 12, 2016
After the game, the Ravens and Panthers exchanged Phelps-themed pleasantries via their respective Twitter accounts.
— Carolina Panthers (@Panthers) August 12, 2016
— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) August 12, 2016
A very cool moment indeed at M&T Bank Stadium on a night Michael Phelps continued to make Baltimore and the United States proud. Phelps has now won the 200m individual medley in four straight Olympiads.
Nicole Johnson has turned her Instagram feed into a veritable source of photos for her son with Michael Phelps, Boomer.
Boomer was born on May 5th, making him just three months old. But the little guy isn’t too young to travel with mom to Rio for the Summer Games.
In fact, Nicole, a former beauty queen and the fiancee of Michael Phelps, has been posting photos of Boomer all over Instagram, turning him into a social media star.
This photo of Boomer might just be the cutest:
A photo posted by Nicole Michele Johnson (@nicole.m.johnson) on
Phelps and Johnson announced their engagement in Feb. 2015.
The family also created an Instagram account for Boomer, which has over 300,000 followers.
On page 2 are many other photos Nicole Johnson has shared of her son Boomer.
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If you needed any further proof as to how big of a deal Michael Phelps is in his hometown of Baltimore, Maryland, this should probably do the trick.
The Baltimore Ravens announced Wednesday that they will be airing Phelps’ quest for his 22nd career gold medal in the 200m individual medley final on Thursday during their preseason opener against the Carolina Panthers.
The race will be shown on the video boards of M&T Bank Stadium during a commercial break in the game.
Phelps, 31, has already won three golds in Rio (not to mention the Internet) to further bolster his status as the most decorated Olympian of all-time. He was born and raised in Baltimore, and you can bet that the city (rightfully) wants to make sure nobody ever forgets it. Perhaps in the true spirit of their favorite son, the Ravens will serve their fans pasta by the bulk on Thursday as well.
Tuesday night was such a big night for the U.S. swim team that even some of the biggest stars in the NBA turned into fanboys.
Kevin Durant, DeAndre Jordan, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and DeMarcus Cousins were among those that jumped for joy in the stands as Michael Phelps won the 20th and 21st gold medals of his career and Katie Ledecky took home her third gold overall and second at Rio.
USA hoopers reacting* to Michael Phelps' 20th Gold https://t.co/6hUXRzEwfL
— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) August 10, 2016
Durant and Jordan looked exactly like the fans that watch them throw down thunderous dunks on the basketball court. Cousins later took a photo with Phelps and Durant hung out with Ledecky.
A photo posted by DeMarcus Cousins (@boogiecousins) on
A photo posted by Kevin Durant (@easymoneysniper) on
Phelps is a big NBA fan, and his idol is Michael Jordan. Heck, he even busted out the Dikembe Mutombo finger wag after winning one of his races (video here), so you know he must have loved the support from the NBA’s elite. There’s obviously a tremendous amount of mutual respect between all of the athletes in Rio.
On Monday, some were introduced to South African swimmer Chad le Clos as the man in the photo of Michael Phelps’ death stare. On Tuesday, le Clos was the subject of ridicule after the final of the men’s 200m butterfly.
NBC cameras honed in on le Clos staring down Phelps prior to Monday’s semifinal and then again on Tuesday. The tension between the swimmers was also brought up on the broadcast. With both men qualifying for the final, all eyes were on Phelps and le Clos.
Phelps won to capture his 20th gold medal and gave an epic finger wave afterward. Le Clos finished fourth and failed to medal.
As you can probably imagine, the 24-year-old, who beat Phelps for the gold in the 200m butterfly at the London Games in 2012, was a target for jokes on social media after not earning a place on the medal stand this time around.
The infamous crying Jordan face made numerous appearances.
— KC (@cwellis2016) August 10, 2016
— Joshua Helton (@j5hel) August 10, 2016
Michael Phelps hauled in his 20th Olympic gold medal when he won the 200m butterfly on Tuesday night at the Summer Games in Rio. Winning the medal was nice, but it was Phelps’ celebration that was legendary.
Phelps, who posted a time of 1:53:36, delivered the finger wag that made Dikembe Mutombo famous after winning the race:
20 Golds for Michael Phelps: pic.twitter.com/I8f26GaR5o
— Deadspin (@Deadspin) August 10, 2016
— ⓂarcusD (@_MarcusD_) August 10, 2016
Why was Phelps especially pleased with the win? In the semifinals a night earlier, Phelps finished second. But more importantly, prior to the race he had a moment with rival Chad le Clos that went viral after Phelps put on an amazing gameface.
When it all came down to it, le Clos didn’t even medal (he finished fourth), while Phelps took home the gold.
Don’t mess with the best, le Clos.