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Michael Phelps Single Again, Long Inspires Ravens, Evans works on Abs

This is a lifestyle roundup for swimmers who aren’t hiding under a rock and/or have no access to the web. You’d have to be to miss this story reported by the Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, People Magazine, and….everyone else:

“Michael Phelps is single again.”

Do we care? I’m not sure. I think we would if the Baltimore Bullet starting dating a swimmer. You never know. Some swimmers find it comforting to be in a relationship with someone who understands this very unique aspect of their lives. In any event, now you know Phelps is single, again. Let’s move on…

Jessica Long, the Russian-born United States Paralympic superstar swimmer (also from Baltimore, Maryland) stopped by the Baltimore Ravens HQ to offer a little inspiration.  Long, a 16-time Paralympic medalist, is a monstrous competitor, and, from what I’ve heard, a great speaker. Watch this video to the end. It’s worth a look. A fun tie-in for the Ravens: their punter is Justin Tucker, whose sister Samantha is a four-time All-American at Texas and whose father, Paul Tucker, performed emergency heart surgery on Eddie Reese in 2011.

Janet Evans, the 4-time Olympic gold medalist and middle-distance swimming queen, has always remained visible in the Olympic community, which is why I’m so surprised I missed this video pitching an ab workout product. Janet continues to sign corporate partnerships, including Arena Swimwear and BMW.  This one seems a little out of the ordinary. You decide.

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Mel Stewart, aka Gold Medal Mel, won three Olympic medals at the 1992 Olympic Games. As a writer/producer and sports columnist, Mel has contributed to Yahoo Sports, Universal Sports, and USA Swimming. Mel has also worked as an Olympic analyst for ABC, NBC, EPSN, FOX SPORTS and TBS. At SwimSwam.com, Mel hosts Gold Medal Minute presented by SwimOutlet.com, a weekly report featuring the world’s fastest swimmers and Olympic medalists. Read More »