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SBD/July 27, 2012/Olympics
Michael Phelps Will Have Career Options After He Retires From Swimming
Published July 27, 2012
PICTURE PERFECT? The “official Olympic headshot” of Phelps, which depicts him looking disheveled with a scraggly beard and no expression, was discussed on ESPN’s “PTI” earlier in the week. ESPN’s Tony Kornheiser said it “looks like he crawled out of a cave.” Kornheiser: “I am told you’re not allowed to smile in these shots for your official headshot. Honestly, would you have him endorse any particular product? The guy shows up looking like that?” He added, “Not all of us sell Subway sandwiches, so he’s got to think about what he’s going to look like” (“PTI,” ESPN, 7/24). CBS' Jim Rome said he wants Phelps “to freshen up because he showed up for his official Olympic headshot with a big ole’ bedhead.” Rome: “The face of the Olympic Games shouldn’t have the lettuce of a frat boy who just rolled off the futon” (“Rome,” CBS Sports Network, 7/24).
RYAN'S SONG: Phelps' main competition this year could be fellow U.S. swimmer Ryan Lochte, who Tuesday was “Today’s Athlete To Watch” on the NBC morning show. NBC's Matt Lauer noted while other swimmers have "grabbed the spotlight in past Olympic Games, this could be the year he takes center stage.” Lauer told Lochte, “You’re seen as a terrific competitor in the pool and a little bit more of a free-spirit out of the pool. Fair assessment?” Lochte replied, “Oh yes.” Lauer: “One way Ryan expresses that free spirit is his unique sense of style, from colorful Speedos to outrageous sneakers he helped design and of course, his now infamous diamond mouthpiece first revealed at a medal ceremony.” Lochte said the diamond “grill” during the London Games “will come back” (“Today,” NBC, 7/24).