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Michael Phelps: Shirtless on 'Details' Olympics Issue!

Michael Phelps: Shirtless on 'Details' Olympics Issue!

Michael Phelps goes shirtless on the cover of Details‘ August 2012 issue celebrating the Summer Olympics.

Here is what the 27-year-old fourteen-time Olympic gold medal-winning swimmer shared with the mag:

On the infamous marijuana photo: “It was a learning experience. I’m the kind of person who has to go through the learning experiences myself. Somebody could tell me, “If you eat this much you’ll be fat,” and I’d be like, ‘Yeah, okay, let me try it.’ I’ll be the first to say I’ve made thousands of mistakes, but I’ve never made the same mistake twice.”

On gaining 25 pounds after the 2008 Olympics: “At that point, I just didn’t have anything. It was weird going from the highest of the high, the biggest point of your lifeā€”winning eight gold medalsā€”and then saying, ‘All right, where do I go from here?’ I wasn’t motivated. I did nothing, literally nothing, for a long time. I gained 25 pounds. A friend of mine and I were playing football on the beach in Miami, and somebody got a picture of us and put it all over the place. And he’s like, “Bro, you gotta start working out, man. You are fat.”

On his Olympics outlook: “When you get to the big meet, you’ve done all the training. You tune everything out and go up to the block and do what you’ve prepared to do. You can’t go back and fix anything. Whatever happens, happens. If you fail, you just get up and try again.”

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Photos: Norman Jean Roy
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  • lauren

    he was so hot back in 2008.

  • Din

    Sorry but neck down only

  • V

    @lauren: lol No he wasn’t, not his face anyway, but I love male swimmers bodies. Long, lean and muscular.

  • Guy

    The dude looks hot!! I really like his long slender bod, the male physique is so beautiful.

  • somali girl

    YUK!!! Cover up. His right breast is making me vomit….. excuse me….. BARRRFFFFF!!!!! I am going to pour bleach in to my eyes.

  • ColinG

    He is one ugly gentleman!

  • nika

    what is 25 pound on this guy? every swimmer (and many athletes) gain weight before the season starts because you need some fat to build muscles. I’m rooting for him in London.

  • Lili

    Wow so many bitter people here. Stop being ridiculous. He’s a superb athlete and his body is perfect, work of art.

  • solecito

    Give the man a break. He has accomplished more in his 27 years than most of us in a lifetime.

  • Lisa

    He looks amazing! Can’t wait for London!

  • As it is

    Go go Michael!!! Some perfect people here think they can swim one lap as fast as you do!!!

  • British Latin American

    @solecito: True, haters are such spiteful losers.