logo-mp

Newsletters and Press Releases


Sign up for our newsletter

Your Name

Your Email

Submit

Post Date: December 21, 2016

Michael Phelps busy and at peace in first months of retirement

By Childs Walker (Baltimore Sun)

In the months after the London Olympics in 2012, Michael Phelps wanted little to do with the business of being Michael Phelps. The most decorated Olympian in history was depressed.

“I didn’t want to talk to anybody,” he recalled. “I just wanted to crawl into a dark hole and be left alone.”

Four years later, as he makes plans to teach water safety to kids, to invest in his own businesses, to watch his son, Boomer, learn to walk, Phelps feels none of the old dread. The retired Olympian is confident he’ll continue to feel contented with a life no longer defined by the dark lines at the bottom of a swimming pool.

“I think just where I am in life, that’s why it’s so different,” he said. “Having a family, but also just being engaged in everything in my life. Before, I was just so distant from everything. I didn’t want to talk to anybody. I didn’t want to be around anybody. I didn’t want anything. That’s the biggest difference.”

The 23-degree temperature was a bit of a shock compared to the 75 degrees Phelps and his wife, Nicole, felt before they boarded a flight from their home in Arizona. But the cold did not diminish Phelps’ holiday cheer.

“Michael, Michael, Michael,” the elementary school kids chanted as Phelps ducked in to share lunch with them. They shrieked with glee after he handed out gift bags containing swim goggles and Beats by Dre headphones (another of his sponsors).

“We try to change their lives every day, and for these 21 kids, getting to sit with Michael Phelps is something they’ll remember for the rest of their lives,” said Joe McGovern, executive director of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Harford County.

He said the $20,000 will allow the club to expand its use of the “im” program to its summer camp in White Hall.

Phelps urged the kids to ask for help from the adults in their lives. “It’s hard to go through life by yourself,” he said. “I learned that the hard way.” But he also advised them to write down their greatest ambitions, post them in a visible place and make plans to pursue them step by step. It was the path he followed from a seemingly mundane childhood in Towson to 28 Olympic medals.

Phelps broke into laughter after one boy raised his hand and wished him well should he decide to unretire for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

“I was like, ‘Wow man, I’m getting shots thrown at me from every side.’ Even little kids are telling me to come back,” he said afterward, grinning.

He knows he’ll face questions about a comeback for at least the next three years. Why wouldn’t people wonder after he won five gold medals and a silver at age 31?

Just as he said in Rio de Janeiro, Phelps told the kids he would “probably” never swim competitively again. He can’t help leaving the slightest wiggle room. But at the same time, he recalled how his mother, Debbie, greeted him at his hotel in Rio after his last Olympic race in August.

“Four more years?” she said.

“I was like, ‘Mom, you’ve got to stop,'” he remembered. “This is it. I’m done. I came back for one more.”

He said he knew it for sure as he approached the wall in his last individual race, the 100-meter butterfly. It was the only one he lost in Rio.

“I said to myself in the last couple strokes, ‘Either this is going to end perfectly, or it’s going to end how it’s supposed to,'” he said. “And I’ve never had that thought before.”

In the moments after the race, Phelps, the most hard-bitten competitor his sport has ever known, seemed utterly content with his silver medal.

“It’s just a good way to close my career,” he said Friday. “There’s nothing else I need to do or want to do.”

And yet, even Phelps’ agent and close friend, Peter Carlisle, recently said that if Los Angeles wins its bid for the 2024 Olympics, he wouldn’t be surprised to see Phelps swimming at age 39.

“I was like, ‘Wow, thanks Peter,'” Phelps said. “I really appreciate you firing that one out there.”

Phelps has gone through the past few months in the usual post-Olympic whirlwind, striking up new sponsorship agreements, besting fellow Rio gold medalists Simone Biles and Aly Raisman on the television program Lip Sync Battle and traveling to China for appearances on behalf of Under Armour and Beats by Dre.

Earlier this week, he was in New York for Sports Illustrated’s Sportsperson of the Year gala, where LeBron James told him, “You’re literally a fish. Literally. I have no idea how you do what you do.”

He felt a minor epiphany while he was in New York, running on the treadmill at his hotel. He realized his goals no longer had anything to do with a clock above a pool.

“I think that was my biggest transition, just setting goals where, my whole life, it’s been times,” he said. “That’s what I’ve done my whole life. Now it’s trying to make the transition to the real world. … We get to start a new chapter and we get to do some of the things we’re extremely passionate about. And that’s the fun part.”

After his appearance in Edgewood, Phelps was scheduled to fly to London with Nicole and then back to the couple’s home in Arizona for Boomer’s first Christmas.

Asked what he looks forward to most over the next year, Phelps quickly said his son’s first steps and first words.

“I’m pumped to see it, even though he’s probably going to crush me when he starts to walk,” he said. “I’m going to be running after him nonstop when he’s running around the house, but it’s going to be fun.”

He and Nicole, who quietly married in June, will also finally take a honeymoon in 2017. And a sibling for Boomer? “I’m not pregnant!” Nicole quickly interjected.

“It’s safe to say we want him to be over the age of 1 before,” Phelps said.

“We would like this year with Boomer to kind of enjoy him a little bit more,” Nicole said.

The old fire still rises in Phelps on occasion. He was cleaning out his closet recently and came across the sheet of goals he posted in the run-up to Rio. Hard as it might be to believe, he achieved just one of five. He especially wanted to break one more world record.

Phelps texted his longtime coach, Bob Bowman, a picture of the sheet. Bowman texted back a beaming, sunglasses-wearing emoji. “Let it go,” he told the greatest swimmer of all time.

Phelps said he has done just that. When he’s home in Arizona, which hasn’t been often lately, he visits Bowman at the Arizona State pool two or three times a week. For the first time since he was in grade school, he’s able to enjoy a casual swim. He and his longtime friend and training partner, Allison Schmitt, recently drove over for a workout, and Phelps joked that his heart filled with dread when Bowman ambled up to watch. Sure enough, Bowman began calling out their times.

“I was like, ‘No!'” Phelps said laughing. “Just leave us alone. Let us be. But it’s so peaceful being in the water now. I love it. It’s the only time when I’m alone.”

Post Date: Jun 28, 2016, 19:12 ET from Master Spas

Michael Phelps Swim Spa Challenge Draws Serious Attention at the U.S. Olympic Swim Trials

OMAHA, Neb., June 28, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Michael Phelps Signature Swim Spas by Master Spas are once again drawing a sizable crowd with the Michael Phelps Swim Spa Challenge at the USA Swimming Aqua Zone, a 100,000-square-foot fan experience area outside the U.S. Olympic Trials-Swimming at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha. On just the third day of competition, over 900 swimmers have already taken the challenge.

In the Master Spas exhibit area, challenge participants swim against the current in a Michael Phelps Signature Swim Spa by Master Spas. “During the challenge, the current is set at the pace Michael Phelps uses for training, which is pretty fast, even for experienced swimmers. And he swims for 12 minutes at that pace,” stated Kevin Richards, Master Spas Vice President of Sales and Marketing.

Fans and swimmers alike take the Michael Phelps Swim Spa Challenge in the Master Spas Aqua Zone booth at U.S. Olympic Swim Trials.
Challenge participants enter the swim spa, and after a short warm-up, the spa propulsion system increases the current to Michael Phelps’s  training pace. Participants attempt to swim just three minutes. It’s a tough challenge, but some swimmers with excellent stroke technique and stamina have proven that they are up to the task.

“It’s fun to see a swimmer go up against Phelps and swim at his pace for the full three minutes,” stated Richards. “It’s quite an accomplishment, and it’s evident that they are well trained and motivated to achieve their goals.”

The swim spa used for the competition is the MP Signature, featuring the patented Wave XP Pro Propulsion System, which is the most powerful of the three Wave Propulsion™ Technology System options, all of which generate a smooth water current that is adjustable for individual resistance levels.

Richards summarizes: “Master Spas is committed to providing both fitness and competitive swimmers with the ability to train at home and achieve their goals. But there is nothing like taking the challenge to see how they stand up against one of the greatest swimmers of all time.”

In addition to fitness and competitive swimming, Master Spas, along with the Michael Phelps Foundation, are committed to addressing the need for water safety programming. Attendees can learn more about the Michael Phelps Foundation’s signature program – im – and Master Spas’s support of the Foundation, which has included the launch of the im program at the Boys & Girls Club of Fort Wayne.

The Michael Phelps Swim Spa Challenge is open to the public from June 26 through July 3, when the Olympic trials end. Master Spas expects that over 3,000 individuals will take the challenge during the event.

Those who can’t be in Omaha, but would like to see how they stack up against Michael Phelps, can visitwww.MichaelPhelpsSwimSpa.com and locate their nearest dealer.

ABOUT MASTER SPAS:

Master Spas is based in Fort Wayne, Indiana, 90 miles northeast of Indianapolis. Operating out of a state-of-the-art, 265,000-square-foot manufacturing facility on a 27-acre manufacturing campus, Master Spas is the largest portable spa, hot tub and swim spa manufacturer in the world with all products built in the U.S.A. The company’s management team boasts more than 150 years of spa manufacturing success and one of the strongest track records in the industry. For more information, please visit:www.MasterSpas.com.

ABOUT MICHAEL PHELPS FOUNDATION:

The Michael Phelps Foundation is a nonprofit organization focused on growing the sport of swimming and promoting healthy and active lives, especially for children. Michael Phelps established the Foundation with the $1MM bonus he received for winning eight gold medals at the 2008 Beijing Games. The Foundation, in partnership with KidsHealth and the Michael Phelps Swim School, has developed and launched the im program, which has reached over 15,000 Boys & Girls Club members and Special Olympics athletes with life-saving programming. They have also established the Level Field Fund-Swimming, a grant-giving program that provides funding to uniquely talented swimmers in need of financial assistance, and offers autographed swim caps for charity auctions through Caps-for-a-Cause. For more information, please visit us online athttp://www.michaelphelpsfoundation.org, www.facebook.com/MichaelPhelpsFoundation,http://www.instagram.com/MPFoundationand http://www.twitter.com/MPFoundation.

Photo – http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20160628/384609

SOURCE Master Spas

Post Date: June 28, 2016

The Salvation Army Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Winston- Salem partners with the Michael Phelps Foundation and Chris Paul Family Foundation to teach kids to swim

Winston Salem, NC, June 21, 2016– The Salvation Army Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Winston-Salem have partnered with the Michael Phelps Foundation and Chris Paul Family Foundation to implement the im program, and offer swim lessons to over 100 members. Developed by the Michael Phelps Foundation, im is a multifaceted lineup of water safety instruction, recreational aquatic activities, structured and organized swimming, as well as health, wellness, and goal-setting education.

“Swimming is an essential skill for every child to learn,” stated Chris Paul. “Our family is excited to be working with Michael and The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Clubs to bring this opportunity to our hometown. We are thrilled for the opportunity to be working with the Michael Phelps Foundation and Chris Paul Family Foundation and bring this program to our kids,” said Sylvia Adams, Executive Director of The Salvation Army Boys and Girls Clubs.  “This program will help keep our Club members safe in and around the water plus provide them the knowledge to be fit and healthy while having fun at the same time.”

Launched as a national pilot in 2010, the im program is named in recognition of Phelps’ signature event, the Individual Medley, and as an abbreviation to the self-affirming “I am.”   It consists of five focus areas: im safe, im fun, im fast, im healthy, and im successful. Participants earn medals as they advance through the curriculum with the opportunity to earn eight medals upon completion of the entire program. The im program has reached over 15,000 children and young adults through a partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Special Olympics International. There are 36 Clubs implementing the program this summer/fall across 29 states nd over 200 Special Olympics teams in 34 countries.

“I was first introduced to the sport of swimming through water safety,” said Phelps, a 22-time Olympic medalist and Founder of the Michael Phelps Foundation. “I hated to get my face wet so I began to learn how to swim on my back, but with proper instruction, I learned to be comfortable and confidant in the water and my passion for swimming grew with each visit to the pool.  Now, we are able to offer children a program that will help them become water safe, set and achieve goals, and live healthier active lives.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, drowning is the second leading cause of accidental death for children under the age of 14 and is the leading cause of accidental death for children ages 1 to 4. A 2008 survey conducted by USA Swimming and the USA Swimming Foundation determined that two key barriers preventing children from learning to swim were fear of injury or drowning, and the lack of parental encouragement. According to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, between 2008 and 2012, 138 children under the age of 18 died as the result of unintentional drowning in North Carolina.

Along with the world-class programming, the partnership provides financial support to assist with program costs including staffing, training, supplies and equipment. The Salvation Army of Greater Winston-Salem Boys & Girls Club will offer the im program this summer at Winston Salem State University. Program registration is currently underway and lessons will start on June 23rd.

About the Salvation Army

The Salvation Army, an International movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination. The Salvation Army was established in Winston-Salem in 1907 and serves more than 50,000 people in Forsyth, Davie, Stokes and Yadkin counties each year. The Salvation Army offers many programs including the only emergency shelter for homeless families in Winston-Salem, the only on-site breakfast feeding program in the community, a travel assistance program, and a program in conjunction with the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools to purchase new shoes for school age children called Happy Feet. The Salvation Army is a participating United Way agency. For more information about programs or to make a donation, visit www.SalvationArmyWS.org .

The Salvation Army of Winston-Salem, 901 N. Cleveland Ave, Winston-Salem, NC 27101 (336) 723-6366

About the Michael Phelps Foundation

The Michael Phelps Foundation is a nonprofit organization focused on growing the sport of swimming and promoting healthy and active lives, especially for children. Michael Phelps established the Foundation with the $1MM bonus he received for winning eight gold medals at the 2008 Beijing Games. The Foundation in partnership with KidsHealth and the Michael Phelps Swim School has developed and launched the im program which has reached over 15,000 Boys & Girls Club members and Special Olympics athletes with life-saving programming. They have also established the Level Field Fund-Swimming, a grant giving program that provides funding to uniquely talented swimmers in need of financial assistance, and offers autographed swim caps for charity auctions through Caps-for-a-Cause. For more information, please visit us online at www.michaelphelpsfoundation.org, www.facebook.com/MichaelPhelpsFoundation, www.instagram.com/MPFoundaiton and www.twitter.com/MPFoundation.

About The Chris Paul Family Foundation

In 2005, Chris Paul established the CP3 Foundation in honor of his late grandfather to provide scholarships for high school graduates to attend Wake Forest University. Chris’ emphasis on community has won the CP3 Foundation the NBA’s Community Assist Award five times. In 2015 the name formally changed to the Chris Paul Family Foundation. The foundation’s initiatives include partnerships with Feed The Children, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Boys & Girls Club, Habitat for Humanity and LA’s Best. The foundation also sponsors and supports computer lab refurbishments, youth basketball clinics, court refurbishments and adaptive athletic programs for special needs children. For more information please go to http://chrispaul3.com/foundation/.

Newsletters Links