Michael Phelps With a Massive Beard: Gold Medal Minute presented by SwimOutlet.com

Gold Medal Minute presented by SwimOutlet.com

Thanks to SwimSwam reporter Katrina Radke for capturing video interviews used in this report.

Michael Phelps sports a massive beard at the Minneapolis Pro Swim, and he opens up about his very real and raw feature in Sports Illustrated Magazine.

Phelps looked tired at the 2015 MINN PSS, which is a positive sign he’s still focused, investing in a heavy base for the 2016 Olympic Games.  At the MINN PSS, media danced around the topic of the Sports Illustrated feature, in which he gave the most honesty interview of his career. He was finally asked about it and gave a very revealing answer.

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This is a Gold Medal Media production presented by SwimOutlet.com. Host Gold Medal Mel Stewart is a 3-time Olympic medalist and the co-founder of SwimSwam.com, a Swimming News website.

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I agree Phelps is fit and focused for next year. But only in swimming does slow times and an exhausted appearance mean you are definitely on the right track. Phelps will probably do incredible things next year. I’m just interested in how counterintuitive swimming can be.


What a terrific piece, Mel! You’ve outdone yourself yet again! Now if we could only get you on the broadcast team at the Rio Olympics providing athlete interviews… Maybe Mr. Phelps could make a phone call on your behalf? 😉

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I agree with DJB absolutely 100%. I would love listening to Mel’s perspective and insight at Rio on NBC. Mel, you are humble and a gentleman. Take pleasure that those “in-the-know” appreciate your talents in front of the camera.


Mel, what events do you think Phelps will be swimming at the winter nats? any predictions?

About Gold Medal Mel Stewart

Gold Medal Mel Stewart

MEL STEWART Jr., aka Gold Medal Mel, won three Olympic medals at the 1992 Olympic Games. Mel's best event was the 200 butterfly. He is a former World, American, and NCAA Record holder in the 200 butterfly. As a writer/producer and sports columnist, Mel has contributed to Yahoo Sports, Universal Sports, …

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