Considering this story comes hot on the heels of ESPN‘s body issue, posted yesterday, and Scarlett Johansson in a bikini, published today, our self-esteem is hitting an all-time low. Michael Phelps in on the cover of Details magazine’s August issue, and he is looking slamming! He’s giving his buddy, fellow Olympic swimmer and mega hottie Ryan Lochte some serious competition, and not just in the water, if you know what we mean. The article also deals with that marijuana issue that threatened to derail Phelps’ career three years ago. Of what went down, Michael says, “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.’ Growing up, my mom taught us to make our own decisions, but also that you have to pay for the consequences of those decisions. I’m thankful for that. I’ll be the first to say I’ve made thousands of mistakes, but I’ve never made the same mistake twice.”
He also talks about how he picked himself up after the enormous backlash that hit him after the picture went public. “I realized that I probably hadn’t reached my full potential. There was still more in the tank,” he says, adding. “As I come to closure on my career, am I going to look back in 20 years and say, ‘What if?’ That’s something I don’t want. This is it. I’ve always said I wouldn’t swim past 30. I don’t want to be that guy who’s hanging on, but I want to reach my max potential. I don’t care how much pain I have to go through or the sacrifices I have to make. I’ll get it.” A little more than two weeks to go for the Olympics. We wish him luck!
[Photos via Details Magazine]
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