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Michael Phelps Among Athletes Featured As GQ's Men Of Year

Phelps Said Interest From Paparazzi Is The
"Most Surreal" Part Of Beijing Games Success
U.S. Olympic Swimmer MICHAEL PHELPS, who this summer won a record eight Gold Medals at the Beijing Games, is profiled as one of GQ's "Men of the Year." GQ's Michael Paterniti notes since the Olympics, Phelps has appeared on "Oprah," MTV's "Video Music Awards," NBC's "Saturday Night Live" and in Visa commercials. However, Phelps is "still the same guy who starred for nine days in the epic summer miniseries of Olympic triumph." Phelps said of his post-Olympic fame, "The most surreal thing about all this? The paparazzi waiting for you, at every hour, everywhere. I mean, there's some part of your life you have to keep just for you" (GQ, 12/ '08 issue).

HEAD OF THE CLASS: GQ features several other athletes in the issue. GQ's Nate Penn profiles MLB Rangers CF JOSH HAMILTON, who has overcome drug addictions, as the "Comeback Kid" and writes, "Three times a week, in season and out, the pee testers find him. But you'd be mistaken if you supposed that Hamilton requires monitoring twenty-four-seven." Also, GQ's Mark Kirby spotlights ATPer RAFAEL NADAL as the "Court King," writing, "You could see it on his face: the moment Rafael Nadal knew that after 160 weeks as the second-best tennis player in the world, he was about to become number one." The Celtics are honored in the "Champions" category, and former Celtics player JOJO WHITE, in a special to GQ, writes, "When we got RAY ALLEN to pair with PAUL PIERCE in the offseason, you thought, Well, that's good. ... But when we got [KEVIN] GARNETT on top of Paul and Ray? You knew something special could happen." Meanwhile, Hornets G CHRIS PAUL modeled for an extensive spread in the magazine, and GQ's Beth Altschull writes, "While Chris Paul may not have carried his team as far as Allen, Pierce, Garnett and company, 2008 was the year he officially stole the title of most dazzling point guard in the league" from Suns G STEVE NASH (GQ, 12/ '08 issue).

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