Michael Phelps was recently honored for the work he has done to call attention to the field of mental health when he was presented with the Morton E. Ruderman Award in Inclusion, and the 23-time gold medalist has continued to share his own experiences to raise awareness.
Phelps has partnered with an app called Talkspace, which gives users access to help from licensed therapists. On Sunday, he sent some tweets talking about what led him to seek help.
Did you know that one in four people around the world experience a mental health issue? I was one of them. That’s why I’ve teamed up with @Talkspace this #MentalHealthAwarenessMonth –– to let you know that getting help is a sign of strength, not weakness.
I struggled with anxiety and depression and questioned whether or not I wanted to be alive anymore. It was when I hit this low that I decided to reach out and ask for the help of a licensed therapist. This decision ultimately helped save my life. You don’t have to wait for things
Michael Phelps and his wife Nicole welcomed their second son into the world back in February, and it may be time to upgrade their residence now that they have multiple children. That is, if anyone ever really needs an upgrade from 6,000 square feet.
As Catherine Reagor of The Arizona Republic discovered, Phelps recently put his home in Paradise Valley on the market for $4.125 million. The 23-time Olympic gold medalist purchased the home for $2.53 million in 2015. The house is 6,010 square feet and has six bedrooms, six-plus bathrooms, four fireplaces, a 350-bottle wine room, a sports room and a massive swimming pool (obviously).
Reagor notes that Phelps bought the house after he was named the Arizona State assistant swim coach in, and it’s unclear why he has decided to sell. If the hot Arizona sun was responsible for the awesome tan Phelps was rocking at the NCAA championship game last year, he’ll probably be sticking around the area.
Shaun White was the talk of Twitter and mentioned by many other professional athletes after he won the gold medal in the men’s halfpipe at the Olympics in PyeongChang on Wednesday. But there was one shoutout that stood out more than the others.
Michael Phelps sent a congratulatory tweet to White in which he mentioned “comeback” and “redemption.”
The parallels between the careers of the two Olympic athletes are notable.
Phelphs delivered below expectations at the 2012 Olympics in London with four golds and two silvers. After retiring, he decided to come back and compete in Rio, where he won five golds and a silver, including winning gold in the 200 meter butterfly to avenge a previous loss.
Similarly, White had a disappointing showing at the 2014 Olympics in Sochi after winning gold in the halfpipe in 2010 and 2006. He bounced back with a vengeance in 2018 and reclaimed gold, which is why he was so emotional he was crying afterwards.
Michael Phelps was in attendance for Monday night’s NCAA National Championship Game between Gonzaga and North Carolina in Glendale, Ariz., and many took notice of his serious tan.
The Olympic hero clearly had spent a lot of time in the sun and had a big tan. You could especially see it around his eyes. Folks turned him into a meme, commenting on both his tan and the look on his face. Here is a roundup of the tweets:
The “GOAT” one is good. The “wife of GOAT” and “friend of GOAT” ones are just plain funny. Well done to the barista.
This isn’t the first time Starbucks baristas have noticed sports personalities and given them a little custom message on their cups. A tip of the cap to these people, and it’s cool that Phelps enjoyed it.
As if most peoples’ opinions of Ryan Lochte weren’t already negative enough, this probably won’t help matters.
Lochte was interviewed by USA Today for a long feature, and in it he talked about the reception he’s had from his USA Swimming teammates since the infamous incident in Rio. Lochte complained that swimming icon Michael Phelps wasn’t really there for him when he needed it.
According to Lochte, the two had a text message conversation, but not the phone call he was hoping for.
“I think he texted me back saying, ‘Yeah, sure. I’m here to help,’ or something like that,” Lochte told USA Today. “But he didn’t call me. I was like, ‘Hey, can you please call me? Let me know, I need help.’ That never really happened.”
Lochte pointed out that Phelps has been through some lows such as his two DUIs, so he figured his longtime friend and teammate would be there for him during a bad time. But he unfortunately did not get what he wanted.
Michael Phelps may actually be retiring from swimming after he added to his collection of gold medals at the Rio Olympics, but that does not mean we won’t see him in Tokyo four years from now.
Phelps recently said he was interested in getting into broadcasting, and NBC Sports chairman Mark Lazarus told Sports Illustrated’s Richard Deitsch that he is open to bringing Phelps on board.
“Of course we would love to talk to Michael Phelps,” Lazarus said.
Lazarus was, however, quick to praise former Olympian Rowdy Gaines and the work he has done for NBC, noting that Phelps would not be replacing Gaines.
“But let me put the big caveat on that: The guy who has been doing it the best for the longest is still our guy and that is Rowdy Gaines,” he added. “I’m not looking for you to write that we are looking to replace Rowdy Gaines because we are not. Rowdy’s knowledge is pure and his enthusiasm is infectious. He leaps through the TV screen and grabs you.”
For what it’s worth, Deitsch said he would be “stunned” if Phelps is not part of the NBC swimming coverage team in Tokyo.
Back before they were stars and famous athletes, those who competed at the Olympics and won gold medals for their country were just aspiring dreamers. Maybe they one day wanted to win gold. Maybe they one day wanted to be like their hero. But they all had dreams and began training at an early age to achieve them.
We know what these successful athletes look like now, but let’s take a look at what they used to look like too.
Michael Phelps was a mere Olympic “hopeful” from Baltimore when this photo was taken by the Baltimore Sun. That was before Phelps, 31, had even won his first Olympic medal.
Phelps went on to become the most decorated Olympian all-time with 28 medals, including 23 golds. His first Olympics experience came in 2000 when he was a member of the swimming team for the Summer Games in Sydney. He placed 5th in the 200m butterfly then. He went on to win three golds and a silver in the 200m fly event in future Olympics.
Phelps’ Olympics success includes 8 medals (six golds) in Athens; eight medals (all golds) in Beijing; six medals (four golds) in London; and six medals (five golds) in Rio.
As a bonus, here’s a June 2001 interview Phelps did with WJZ in Baltimore:
Here’s a throwback photo Biles shared on social media that appears to be from Christmas 2004, which would have made Biles around seven years old.
Who knew that Biles, just a dreamer at the time, would go on to become possibly the greatest gymnast ever? That’s how many are regarding her after she won five medals in Rio, including four golds. The 19-year-old Texan has won a total of 19 medals in both Olympics and world championships, making her the most decorated American gymnast ever.
Biles needs three medals at the 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo to surpass Shannon Miller for having the most Olympic medals in US gymnastics history.
3. Young Usain Bolt before he was an international sensation
Dikembe Mutombo’s signature finger wag has experienced a resurgence amongst American swimmers at this year’s Summer Olympic Games in Rio. Fortunately, they appear to have the blessing of the four-time Defensive Player of the Year.
“I care more about who’s the best, who’s the best in the game, who’s the best in the competition,” Mutombo continued. “… I did it because I believed I was the best in the game. Nobody else could block a shot better than me, no one could dunk on me.”
The eight-time All-Star was significantly less understanding when former Raptors big man Bismack Biyombo tried busting out the move on the basketball court last postseason. But with Phelps and King winning a combined eight medals (seven of them gold) this summer, Mutombo probably figures they’ve earned the right to a wag or two.
Don’t wear Pittsburgh Steelers gear to a Michael Phelps press conference unless you want to get called out.
That’s exactly what happened to one reporter on Sunday, when he dared ask the Maryland native a question with some black and yellow involved.
“Is that a Steelers … Oh man. Golly,” Phelps said in disgust before spotting someone in Baltimore Ravens apparel. “There we go, there’s some Ravens. Man, Steelers.” He even shuddered for emphasis.
The Ravens fan got to ask his question first, and Phelps talked a little about the rivalry.
“I always think we’re going to beat Pittsburgh. That’s an obvious answer,” Phelps said. “I think one of the cool things about that is we always play each other really hard. As much as I’m not a Steelers fan, the games are really exciting and we get a lot of intense hits.”
How strong is Phelps’s bond with his homestate? The Ravens halted last Thursday’s preseason game against Carolina in order to watch Phelps race. Yeah, he is not here for the Steelers at all.