By Mike Schuh

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — One of the world’s most famous athletes took time to talk with WJZ.

Mike Schuh reports Michael Phelps is sharing his life, in and out of the pool.

Michael Phelps lives and trains in his hometown of Baltimore, but his success means he now belongs to the world.

It’s a world presumably hungry for a Michael Phelps video game.

People want to know more about him, not just about his successes, but his failures, too. 

The last decade has turned the kid from Rodgers Forge into a man.

This man says he’s not as strong as he will be for the London Olympics.

“So everything is moving in the right direction, as it should be,” said Phelps.

His life in the water had made him rich and famous.  But his fame now gets him in the tabloids.

British blogs and papers, in particular, like pictures of the swimming superstar. Recent photos showed him at the grand opening of a pool in Vegas and at a party thrown by Playboy.

Does he have regrets? Hardly.

“Lately I’ve begun to realize, this is my life and I’m going to live my life. I’m going to have fun doing what I want to do,” said Phelps.

What he still wants to do is win.

“If 20-30 years down the road, I look and never say, ‘What if,’ then I was successful,” said Phelps.

Phelps’ next tune-up to the Olympics will be the World Championships, which are a month away in Shanghai.


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