Ryan Lochte, Missy Franklin, Brendan Hansen, Dana Vollmer and Nathan Adrian hit the talk show circuit, everywhere from NBC to CNN, while Michael Phelps hits the Maldive Islands, plays golf, and…wait for it…enjoys Chesapeake Bay blue crabs and beer.
Phelps appears to have found the right balance between his celebrity-life, work-life and relaxation. As early as January of 2012, it was the main topic of conversation among the traveling horde of reporters that followed Phelps from Grand Prix to Grand Prix to his gold medal performances at the Olympic Games: “Phelps seems happy!” “He’s so relaxed.” “Phelps looks like he’s actually enjoying himself.”
After Phelps’ fourth iconic performance at an Olympic Games, here’s where he went to decompress, The Maldive Islands:
Phelps tweeted that this was his best vacation ever:
Thanks to the
@ConradMaldives, I had the best vacation ever! Got to hang out with some friends after the Olympics. Check out the pics!
Celebrity-wise, yes, there’s been talk of a reality golf show, his Wheaties box cover was unveiled, and the Louis Vuitton ad slipping out during the Olympic Blackout Period –the International Olympic Committee’s dictatorial rule 40 — was news for 48 hours, but, for the most part, Phelps has remained low-key.
Phelps has tweeted happy birthday to Olympic peer, Natalie Coughlin, stayed in-touch with fellow flyer, Ian Crocker (who arguably remains the fastest textile suit 100m flyer in history with a 50.4), and tweeted his support to the USA National Swimming Team at Jr. Pan Pacific Championships, in particular, to his former training teammate at North Baltimore Aquatic Club, Chase Kalisz. (Kalisz improved on his US Trials 400 IM personal best going a 4:12 in Hawaii.)
TMZ and other celebrity sites have tried to spin negative news about Phelps’ girlfriend, but it’s all benign fluff. Phelps appears to be in complete control and prepared for his long life as a sports celebrity.
QUESTION: Like Phelps’ favorite basketball player, Michael Jordan, will Phelps enjoy lucrative endorsement contracts and visibility for the next twenty years or longer?