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Originally posted 09/03/2012 05:15PM
After a storied career in which he won 18 Olympic gold medals, and 22 medals overall, Michael Phelps celebrated his retirement from competitive swimming this weekend at – what else? – a pool party.
Phelps, 27, who became a legend in Athens, Beijing and London, chose Las Vegas as the city for his send-off, enjoying a raucous Saturday afternoon at the Encore Beach Club with friends, fans and fellow swimmers – including his training partner and close friend Allison Schmitt.
The Maryland native was grinning ear to ear as the club's bikini-clad servers gave him a special cake paying tribute to his 22 medals, the most won by any Olympian in history.
Originally posted 08/12/2012 02:50PM
All that glitters has turned to gold for Team USA – 39 times (and counting!) to be exact.
But as the Summer Olympics comes to a close, here's a recap of the moments that were just as sweet as the victories.
Originally posted 08/08/2012 10:25PM
Here's a gold medal-worthy training tip straight from the most-decorated Olympic athlete of all time: Despite what your mother told you back in your kiddie-pool days, it's perfectly fine to, um, relieve yourself when you're swimming.
And this isn't just Michael Phelps's mantra, he adds.
"I think everybody pees in the pool," Phelps, 27, who sealed his historic 22 medal-career at the 2012 Summer Olympics, tells the Wall Street Journal. "It's kind of a normal thing to do for swimmers. When we're in the water for two hours, we don't really get out to pee."
Originally posted 08/08/2012 12:15PM
From competing for Olympic gold to competing for the mirror-ball trophy!
As the London Games come to a close, the next question on everyone's mind is which Olympian will trade training for the tango and compete on Dancing with the Stars. Michael Phelps seems to be toying with the idea.
"I haven't really been known for my dancing," Phelps told PEOPLE at Omega House in London on Tuesday. "I know everybody who's done it, they've enjoyed it and had a blast. I won't say I'm ruling anything out."
Originally posted 08/07/2012 05:15PM
When it comes to exchanging sweet nothings, Michael Phelps and Megan Rossee take a short-but-sweet approach – 140 characters or less, to be exact.
Glimpses into their rumored relationship have been sprinkled throughout their Twitter postings in the months leading up to the 2012 Summer Olympics, where they took an even more public approach to their romance: Ditching his pool attire for an Olympic celebration, Phelps suited up for the red carpet with a glammed-up Rossee on his side.
But Phelps, 27, and the aspiring model, 25, who reportedly began dating in January, have already had their P.D.A moments on the social media site – namely when celebrating a certain special holiday.
Originally posted 08/07/2012 12:00PM
Michael Phelps is making a splash with rumored girlfriend, Megan Rossee. The Olympian, 27, stepped out Monday with the aspiring model, 25, on his arm. And the couple – who began dating in January – were all smiles as they posed for photos at the Speedo Athlete Celebration in London.
Although the romance started quietly months before Phelps was named the world's most decorated Olympian, Rossee's been anything but shy about her feelings. "Good luck tonight bear," she Tweeted him before one of his races.
Originally posted 08/07/2012 09:15AM
It's safe to say they both would look just fine in their Speedo swimwear.
Taking their romance from the dating pool to the red carpet, Michael Phelps stepped out with rumored girlfriend (and aspiring model) Megan Rossee Monday night for the Speedo Athlete Celebration in London, where he put the final touches on his 22-medal career at the 2012 Summer Olympics.
The couple, who began quietly dating in January, according to reports, were all smiles as they posed together at the Kensington Roof Gardens.
Originally posted 08/06/2012 03:00PM
Is Michael Phelps diving into the dating pool?
After collecting a record 22 Olympic medals, the swimming phenom was spotted in London with a beautiful blonde, identified by several media sites as aspiring model Megan Rossee, 25, from Los Angeles.
Rossee, who posted an Instagram photo of them together Sunday evening with the caption "Yay Michael," has been quietly seeing Phelps, 27, since January, Hollyscoop reports, accompanying him to the Olympic Trials as well as the Games.
Originally posted 08/06/2012 02:00PM
The XXX Olympiad, also known as NBC's Summer Televisiad, is now halfway to its Aug. 12 conclusion. Apart from the athletes, who and what are the winners and losers?
Winner: director Danny BoyleI wasn't wild about his attempt to wed British pop whimsy to stadium-sized spectacle in the grand opening night – the only resonant image for me was that giant sleeping baby – but millions certainly loved it, and the ratings were the best ever for the ceremony. If it inspires bigger artistic risks in future Olympics openings, it will have been worth it. The next time a U.S. city plays host, someone please recruit Quentin Tarantino.
Loser: Ryan SeacrestViewers are used to the fact that the American Idol host has the determination of a gold medalist to build and burnish his career. So why was his presence in NBC's coverage a faint but distinct irritant? His interviews were exactly what you expect from Seacrest, who like his role model Dick Clark is scrupulously inoffensive. Maybe it's that an interview with Michael Phelps shouldn't feel tonally identical to one with Jennifer Lopez.
Originally posted 08/06/2012 01:00PM
Johnny Weir is fabulous. The figure skater, who placed sixth in the 2010 Winter Olympics, has been skating professionally since he was 12 and is no stranger to fierce competition – and fantastic costumes! With winning routines set to hits by Lady Gaga, the sparkle-loving athlete also recently married and now will blog for PEOPLE.com with the same fun energy he brings to the ice.
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