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Olympic Swimmer Michael Phelps: Ahead by a Hair


USA Today takes a fresh look at swimmer Michael Phelps now that Ian Thorpe has retired and cleared the way for Phelps to dominate in the pool.

Now I thought most swimmers shaved to achieve better aerodynamics underwater, but Phelps was rocking a brand new handlebar porn-stache at the Southern California Swimming Grand Prix last month.

From USA Today: "With the recent retirement of Australian great Ian Thorpe, the path to that title is clearer, although fellow U.S. Olympian Klete Keller contends Phelps 'already passed' Thorpe. 'To really have a legacy that (Phelps) may be individually proud of, he's going to have to do it over more than one Olympics,' three-time Olympic gold medalist and NBC swimming commentator Rowdy Gaines says. Like Phelps, three modern-era male swimmers have had one dominant Olympics apiece: Thorpe, with three golds and two silvers on home soil at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney; Matt Biondi, with five golds and seven overall medals in 1988; and Mark Spitz, with seven golds at the 1972 Games."

And, of course, Spitz worked the porn-stache better than any swimmer in recent memory. I smell victory.


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  1. Mark Spitz was my very first man crush (I'm 40). I even had the same swim suit when I was a child (stars and stripes).

    Posted by: DT | Feb 13, 2007 11:10:52 AM

  2. No, No, and No. And that's final. It's enough to make a boy long for Ian's black nail polish and horizontal-stripe tee 2 sizes too small.

    Posted by: just sayin' | Feb 13, 2007 11:16:06 AM

  3. I can't stand this guy. He's so ridiculously full of himself. During the last Olympics, every time he'd (slowly) pull himself out of the pool, he'd flex every muscle in his torso and actually stare at his own body. Just admiring himself. Big turnoff for me.

    Posted by: Bobby | Feb 13, 2007 11:37:29 AM

  4. I'd flex and stare at myself all the time if I looked like that

    Posted by: LR | Feb 13, 2007 11:47:00 AM

  5. He looks like a 70's porn star getting out of the pool there. YUM!

    Posted by: MT | Feb 13, 2007 12:03:05 PM

  6. How did Spitz win with no muscles? He must be a size 15 or something.

    Posted by: anon | Feb 13, 2007 1:28:10 PM

  7. Can you imagine what that handlebar would feel like wrapped around your cock...YUMMY!!!!

    Posted by: peterparker | Feb 13, 2007 2:14:43 PM

  8. What a stupid comment Anon--if he had no muscles he wouldn't be able to stand or walk let alone swim. You're so silly.

    Posted by: Daniel | Feb 13, 2007 2:35:48 PM

  9. I always giggle when I see Michael Phelps stories. I go to the UofM and one of my close friends (female, sorry fellows) hooked up with him. The next day at a football game he sent her a text message just to make sure she didn't have any STDs. Seems to me that this is the sort of thing that one should cover *beforehand* but who am I to judge?

    Posted by: gander | Feb 13, 2007 5:31:47 PM

  10. Just for the record, they shave for hydrodynamics, not aerodynamics. :)

    Posted by: Zeke | Feb 13, 2007 10:56:01 PM

  11. Ha DT, Mark Spitz was one of my very first man crushes too.

    Posted by: Zeke | Feb 13, 2007 10:57:43 PM

  12. Yeow!! Okay, obvious comment here, but man oh man, there must be something in the chlorine, 'cause Olympic swimmers aren't just built nicely, they're all really cute too!

    Posted by: Dave | Feb 13, 2007 11:16:05 PM

  13. The facial hair is kinda lame.

    Posted by: Brian | Feb 14, 2007 11:04:09 AM

  14. Phelps is trying to minimize his Jay Leno like chin with that attempted look.

    Posted by: Richie | Feb 14, 2007 3:32:36 PM

  15. Another Divine, in training.

    Posted by: Dr. Pat | Feb 15, 2007 7:14:16 PM

  16. For the record, that is a horseshoe moustache. Not even close to a handlebar. A handlebar moustache looks like, "gasp", a handlebar.

    Posted by: Lano | Feb 17, 2007 1:21:48 PM

  17. Michigan chicks were always easy, nice to see that they're still star-fuckers...

    Posted by: Dan | Feb 18, 2007 8:41:37 PM

  18. All swimmers are hot. On my team their is an older guy named Janni that is so hot. When he doesnt shave I just think of all that man hair scruffing against my tummy.

    Posted by: tiffster | Mar 30, 2007 3:01:20 PM

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