Clearly, Michael Phelps is making plans for his post-swimming career. He’s got the new girlfriend. But he may already be considering his next competition. Only, instead of going for gold, is he ready to go for the glittering disco ball awarded on ‘Dancing with the Stars‘? Michael wouldn’t be the first Olympic athlete to do it: Natalie Coughlin, Apolo Anton Ohno, and Shawn Johnson have all done it.
“I haven’t really been known for my dancing. I know everyone who’s done it — I’ve talked to Apolo and Natalie about it, and they said they’ve enjoyed it and had a blast. I won’t say I’m ruling anything out, who knows?”
If he could choose another Olympian, rather than one of the ‘Dancing with the Stars’ pros, as his partner, who would it be? Fellow swimmer Natalie.
“She’s gone through it all before and Natalie and I have been on a lot of teams together. She literally couldn’t stop talking about how much fun the show was.”
For right now, though, it sounds like Michael just wants to get some R&R.
“The biggest thing is being able to relax. I want to be on my own time and waking up in the morning thinking ‘I wanna go here’ and then just getting up and doing it. It’s kinda cool that I’ll have that freedom. It’s kinda cool just not having anything to do.”
Michael’s certainly earned it! It would be fun to see him on ‘Dancing with the Stars,’ though. What do you think?
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