Michael Fred Phelps II (born June 30, 1985) is an American swimmer and the most decorated Olympian of all time, with a total of 22 medals. Phelps also holds the all-time records for Olympic gold medals (18, double the second highest record holders), Olympic gold medals in individual events (11), and Olympic medals in individual events for a male (13). In winning eight gold medals at the 2008 Beijing Games, Phelps took the record for the most first-place finishes at any single Olympic Games. Five of those victories were in individual events, tying the single Games record. In the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Phelps won four golds and two silver medals, making him the most successful athlete of the Games for the third Olympics in a row.
In February 2009, publication of a photograph of Phelps using a bong, a device used for smoking tobacco or cannabis, resulted in the loss of Kellogg as a sponsor, as well as a three-month suspension from USA Swimming. Phelps admitted that the photo, taken at a student party at the University of South Carolina, was authentic. Phelps publicly apologized and said his behavior was "inappropriate".
In 2009, Phelps was included in Coed.com's list of the "10 Most Successful Potheads on the Planet... Cool Enough to Admit It".
"Olympian Michael Phelps talks about infamous bong photo" by CNN (July 30, 2012) at YouTube:
- "Top 50 Most Influential Marijuana Users" (2012) by Marijuana Policy Project
- "Top 50 Most Influential Marijuana Users" (2013) by Marijuana Policy Project
- Michael Phelps, CelebStoner.com
- Pot-Smoking Phelps Isn't Alone Among Athletes by Dana Larsen (February 4, 2009), Cannabis Culture/Forbes
- Franklin Pips Phelps For Top Honour
- Phelps Disciplined Over Marijuana Pipe Incident by Juliet Macur (February 5, 2009), The New York Times
- The 10 Most Successful Potheads on the Planet... Cool Enough to Admit It (February 6, 2009), Coed.com. Retrieved November 12, 2014.