Celebrity Swim Tuesday

Simone Biles Wins AP Female Athlete of the Year Over Ledecky

A battle of young Olympic stars came down to just 11 votes, with gymnast Simone Biles eking out the Associated Press’s Athlete of the Year award over Katie Ledecky.

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Michael Phelps Featured On 12th Sports Illustrated Cover

More than 12 years after first making it onto the cover of Sports Illustrated magazine, Michael Phelps has made it a clean dozen, posing with all 23 Olympic gold medals for the cover of this week’s SI.

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LeBron Shouts Out Phelps During Sportsman Of The Year Acceptance Speech

LeBron James gave a shout-out to Olympic hero Michael Phelps in his acceptance speech for Sports Illustrated’s Sportsperson of the Year Award this week.

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Adrian Grenier and Richard Branson Swim 3.3k for Strive Challenge

Earlier today, Entourage star Adrian Grenier and Virgin Group founder Richard Branson took on a 3.3 kilometer open water swim to raise awareness for ocean health and the Make a Splash Foundation.

Michael Phelps To Golf Celebrity Match At Ryder Cup Tuesday

Michael Phelps will join actor Bill Murray, musician Huey Lewis and more for the Ryder Cup’s celebrity golf match next week.

David Plummer To Sound Gjallarhorn At First Game In New Vikings Stadium

U.S. Olympic gold medalist David Plummer has been picked to sound the Gjallarhorn Sunday at the first ever game for the NFL’s Minnesota Vikings in their brand new stadium.

Swimming is a Lifelong Sport for Actor Rik Barnett

British actor Rik Barnett enjoys swimming as a way to mange his busy career with an activity that provides stress-relief and a way to stay in shape.

Thorpe: Individual Gold Could Be Difficult For Phelps, “I Wish Him Luck”

Legendary Australian swimmer Ian Thorpe was in India this week as part of the Star Sports commentator’s panel for the 2016 Rio Olympics, and the freestyle great spoke to local media about Michael Phelps’ chances at additional Olympic medals this summer.

Obamas, British Royalty Talk Trash Over 2016 Invictus Games

American President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle have engaged in some friendly trash talk with the British Prince Harry and Queen Elizabeth II regarding the upcoming Invictus Games, an athletic event for wounded warriors of the world’s militaries.

More Celebrity Swim Tuesday

Castro, Obama Reference Diana Nyad In Historic U.S.-Cuba Meeting

Cuban President Raul Castro and American President Barack Obama met earlier this month, the first meeting between heads of the two nations in almost 90 years, and both leaders referenced open water swimmer Diana Nyad as inspiration for the future relationship between the two countries.

Olympian Haley Anderson To Appear On ‘Hell’s Kitchen’ Friday

Olympic silver medalist Haley Anderson will appear on the TV program “Hell’s Kitchen” Friday night on FOX.

Missy Franklin Joins USA Swimming Foundation As Ambassador (Video)

Olympian and new professional swimmer Missy Franklin has officially joined the USA Swimming Foundation through the year 2020, supporting the USA Swimming charity that seeks to teach kids swimming and water safety.

German Olympic Champ Britta Steffen To Take Part In TV Show

Famously private about her personal life, German world record-holder Britta Steffen will take part in an upcoming TV series in which former pro athletes compete in various challenges.

Missy Franklin, Meet Taylor Swift (And Vice Versa)

Olympic swimmer and Missy Franklin got to meet pop star Taylor Swift over the weekend. Or Swift got to meet Franklin. It goes both ways with these pop culture icons, who are both big fans of each other.

Missy Franklin stars on “Beyond the Medals – The Business of Sport” (Video)

Olympic champion Missy Franklin starred on a Universal Sports television program last night called “Beyond the Medals – The Business of Sport.”

Missy Franklin to star alongside Gronkowski, Pippen in FOX special ‘Beat the Champions’

U.S. Olympian Missy Franklin will star in a new FOX TV special called “Beat the Champions,” which will pit her and two other professional athletes against amateur athletes in handicapped competitions.

Stephanie Rice moves to Los Angeles, launching eBook, retreat series and more

Retired Australian triple-Olympic gold medalist Stephanie Rice is launching the next phase of her career from Los Angeles, focusing on holistic health and all-around well-being.

Meet USA Synchro’s newest hopeful: Britney Spears

The United States Sychronized Swimming team has a new face looking to join the program heading into the Rio Olympics: chart-topping singer Britney Spears.

VIDEO INTERVIEWS: Missy Franklin, Kara Lynn Joyce & more at the NYC premier of Touch the Wall documentary

The swimming-centric documentary made its New York City premier last night, and SwimSwam caught up with Missy Franklin, Kara Lynn Joyce and more to get the scoop on the film’s debut.