A gunman killed at least 50 people and injured at least 200 during a country music festival in Las Vegas on Sunday, Oct. 1. The shooter began firing during Jason Aldean's performance, prompting the crowd to panic and the singer to sprint off stage. (Hannah Dorfman) Olympic champion swimmer Michael Phelps and his wife, Nicole, awoke Monday morning to frightened text messages, asking if they had been at the concert in Las Vegas in which at least 58 people were killed and more than 500 were injured in what is being called the deadliest shooting in U.S. history. The news from the Phelps household is that, although the couple had been in Las Vegas on Friday night for the Route 91 Harvest show featuring Eric Church and others, they were back home in Arizona when the shooting occurred Sunday night. [Las Vegas police say ‘lone wolf’ gunman kills at least 58, injures 500 more in rampage] “I woke to texts from friends asking if we were still in Vegas, thankfully … [Read more...] about Michael Phelps, wife ‘sending love’ to Las Vegas after attending concert days before shooting
It's not very often the most decorated Olympian of all time is in your baby's swim class — but when he is, you pay attention. Michael Phelps, his wife Nicole and 1-year-old son Boomer came to New York City this summer to participate in a swim class put on by the Phelps Foundation and Huggies Little Swimmers — and somehow, my 1-year-old daughter and I were able to attend. (Phelps is a paid spokesperson for Huggies.) Taught by Phelps' childhood swim coach Cathy Bennett, the class focused on how to teach young children to safely enjoy the water. Getty Images When it comes to teaching my baby anything about swimming, I could use all the tips I can get — especially when they come from a woman who taught an Olympian. Here are three things I learned during the class: 1. When holding your … [Read more...] about 3 things I learned taking a baby swim class with Michael Phelps
Instagram There must be something in the water!In the midst of Hollywood's baby boom, 32-year-old swimmer Michael Phelps has announced that his wife Nicole Johnson is pregnant again. "Number 2 on the way!!!! So excited!!" the decorated Olympian wrote in an Instagram caption Tuesday. "Wonder if it's a boy or a girl??" Instagram Nicole held her 15-month-old son, Boomer Phelps, in the photo. "Lil mans going to be a Big Brother!!!" she wrote. The tot, who has his own Instagram, clapped his hands in another photo. "So excited to see what mama is having!!" he wrote. "Do I get to have a brother or a sister?!?" … [Read more...] about Michael Phelps’ Wife Is Pregnant With Baby No. 2
Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time, took on a different kind of challenger Sunday night - a Great White Shark. The shark won the "head-on-head" race, clocking in at 36.1 seconds to Phelps' 38.1 seconds in the 100-meter race. Phelps was leading the race until the 25 meter mark in the virtual match-up that included video footage of the shark against the Olympic champion. "They (sharks) swim so fast, it's almost like a bullet," Phelps said about the race. "I don't like taking silver medals but I'll take one against a Great White." Discovery Channel's popular Shark Week kicked off Sunday with the Phelps vs. Shark swimming showdown. Shark Week programming lasts until July 30. In its promo, Discovery promised a battle for the ages. "They are one of the fastest and most efficient predators on the planet: Sharks. He is our greatest champion to ever get in the water: Michael Phelps. 39 world records. 23 Olympic golds. But he has one competition left to win. An event so … [Read more...] about Who won – Michael Phelps or the Shark? Shark Week swimming showdown results
Caption Close The moment of glory for #TeamShark!!! #PhelpsVsShark #SharkWeek pic.twitter.com/NWYp1CwiRa It took some assistance from modern technology, but now we have an answer to the burning question, "Is Michael Phelps faster than a Great White Shark?" The 23-time Olympic gold medalist opened Discovery Channel's 29th edition of Shark Week with Sunday night's Phelps vs. Shark: Great Gold vs. Great White in which he raced the dangerous predator...sort of. For his safety, Phelps actually swam alone and the shark was digitally added in the side-by-side battle later on. As expected, he lost the race, but only by two seconds. Considering sharks can reach speeds upwards of 25 mph, that's not bad. The race itself was tricky to put together since sharks don't actually swim in a straight line, nor do they usually charge forward at full speed for extended periods of time just for kicks. To get around that, scientists used a decoy seal to lure the creature in a somewhat straight … [Read more...] about Here’s What Happened When Michael Phelps Raced a Great White Shark
With no peer in the Olympic pool (and a lot more time on his hands), Michael Phelps will be racing a shark during Discovery Channel's Shark Week. Michael Phelps hold 39 world records, and 23 Olympic Gold medals. Sharks are one of the most efficient predators of the ocean, closing in on their prey at high speeds. Who do you got? PERSPECTIVES If there's anyone on the planet that's more fish than mammal, it is Michael Phelps. The man holds dozens of world records, and has nearly 2 dozen gold medals in his trophy case. That kind of hardware not only shows talent, but also competitiveness. Phelps won't let himself get beat by a scaly, lungless creature. It doesn't matter that sharks literally need to swim to eat. If Phelps is racing anyone or anything in water, he will win. Phelps merely adapted to the water. Sharks were born in it. Molded by it. Phelps thinks he's going to race against a creature whose entire anatomy is built around swimming fast … [Read more...] about Michael Phelps vs. shark: Who wins in a race?
President-elect Donald Trump made another controversial Cabinet appointment on Friday, selecting retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn to serve as his national security adviser. Flynn, a registered Democrat who headed the Defense Intelligence Agency from 2012 to 2014 before he was reportedly forced out by his peers, was one of Trump's earliest and most prominent supporters in the foreign-policy realm. But he has come under scrutiny for some of his business ties, his views toward Russia, and — like Trump — his Twitter account, where he often promoted conspiracy theories during Trump's campaign. Among them: a fake news story connecting Democratic vice-presidential nominee Tim Kaine to the Palestinian terrorist organization Hamas, a story falsely suggesting Democrat Hillary Clinton was implicated in "sex crimes," and a meme making unsubstantiated claims about prominent journalists colluding with Clinton. 'His vision was seen as disruptive' By most accounts, Flynn had a … [Read more...] about Who is Michael Flynn, Trump’s national security adviser?
President Trump's national security adviser Michael Flynn resigned Feb. 13 after revelations that he had discussed sanctions on Russia with the Russian ambassador to the U.S. prior to Trump taking office. Here's what you need to know. (Deirdra O'Regan/The Washington Post) Michael Flynn, the national security adviser for the Trump White House, stepped down Monday after reports showed that he misled officials about his communication with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. The retired three-star general was first picked for his experience in battling al-Qaeda in Afghanistan and Iraq, but he faced criticism even before he assumed his role. Here’s what you need to know about Flynn’s past: 1. Flynn was picked by then-President Barack Obama to head the Defense Intelligence Agency. Although he planned to reorganize the agency, he left in 2014 after a fallout over his leadership style. Flynn said he was pushed out because of his beliefs about radical Islam. Almost from the outset … [Read more...] about Who is Michael Flynn? 5 stories to understand the controversies of the embattled retired general.
Wherever Boomer Phelps goes, Hollywood may just follow. Ever since Michael Phelps and fiancé Nicole Michele Johnson welcomed their son in May, fans of the couple haven't been able to get enough of the baby boy. Yes, we loved his appearances at Michael's Olympic races during the 2016 Rio Games. And you better believe we're following the four-month-old on Instagram each and every day. But as the family of three headed to Milan for a little fall getaway this weekend, some may have thought it would be the perfect opportunity to get away from it all and not be recognized every moment. For better or worse, that's not exactly how things are going. In between sightseeing and snapping selfies, Michael and Nicole were able to find some friends in Milan. And sure enough, these BFFs named supermodel Taylor Hill and actor Michael Stephen Shank couldn't get enough of the youngest visitor. "Sooo I guess I love to flirt," Boomer's Instagram read Sunday night. "I wonder how I did? … [Read more...] about Is Michael Phelps’ Son Hollywood’s Most Popular Baby? Every Celebrity Who Has Met Boomer Phelps
Adam Pretty/Getty Images; Streeter Lecka/Getty Images; LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images Is Michael Phelps about to become super-rich? What about Gabby Douglas or the rest of the medalists?—Eric E., Colorado, via the inbox Gold around the neck does not always trigger gold in the bank account, I'm afraid. Sure, Michael Phelps is probably set for a while, at least, and Ryan Lochte is reportedly angling for a slot on Dancing With the Stars. (Or some other TV gig.) But you may want to consider a KickStarter for your fave Olympian if he isn't a household name by now. Decide if Ryan Lochte Is America's newest TV star! According to Evan Morgenstein, the PMG Sports agent who reps gold-medalist swimmers Tyler Clary and Cullen Jones, "F--- yeah, the Olympics makes athletes indentured servants." In fact, he tells me, we're talking "less than $3,100 a month for the best swimmers in the world," before or even after the Games are over. "They're poor unless they hit gold," Morgenstein explains. "But … [Read more...] about Does Every Olympic Athlete Get Rich Now? Or Just Michael Phelps?