Olympics Summer 2008

Michael Phelps & Stephanie Rice: Just Friends?

08/22/2008 at 11:55 AM EDT

Michael Phelps & Stephanie Rice: Just Friends?
Stephanie Rice and Michael Phelps at the Speedo Sports Club at the Jintai Art Museum
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He may be winging his way to London for the Sunday hand-off of the Olympic torch, but Michael Phelps is still causing tongues to wag in Beijing – and not just because of his swimming finesse. Earlier this week, reports the New York Post, the 23-year-old guy with the gold, gold, gold, gold, gold, gold, gold and gold was seen at a victory celebration smooching with Australian swimmer Stephanie Rice, 20. She reportedly has only recently broken up with Phelps's rival from Down Under, the Aussie team's Eamon Sullivan.

When Phelps (who doesn't have a girlfriend) and Rice (who has three gold medals of her own) posed in their Speedos, she gushed about the "Baltimore Bullet": "I definitely admire him for his athletic ability and everything he's achieved. I'm just really glad to be in the mix with that."
Stephen M. Silverman and Cynthia Wang

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