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Michael Phelps: I don’t know what to tell my son about doping

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Michael Phelps expects his 9-month-old son, Boomer, to one day ask him about one of the biggest issues in sport.

“I don’t even know how I would even talk to my son about doping in sports,” Phelps said at a congressional hearing in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, examining the international anti-doping system. “I would hope to never have that conversation. I hope we can get it cleared and cleaned up by then. … That’s probably a question I could get asked. I don’t know how I would answer it.”

Phelps said in the 2-hour, 30-minute House subcommittee hearing that he “never voiced opinions” on doping issues until this year.

“I’ve stayed in my lane, so to say,” Phelps said.

Phelps plunged into the discussion, starting last week with video comments, and then in written testimony published Monday.

Phelps recited the 1,300-word letter Tuesday, repeating that he doesn’t believe he’s ever competed in a major international meet with all clean swimmers.

Phelps cited that he was drug tested 13 times in the six months leading up to the Rio Olympics, evidenced by online records on the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency website.

The World Anti-Doping Agency said in October that of the 11,470 athletes entered in the Rio Olympics, 4,125 had no record of any drug testing in 2016.

Phelps was one of five witnesses at the hearing, along with:

Adam Nelson, 2004 U.S. Olympic shot put champion
Travis Tygart, U.S. Anti-Doping Agency CEO
Dr. Richard Budgett, IOC Medical and Scientific Director
Rob Koehler, World Anti-Doping Agency Deputy Director General

The full hearing is archived here.

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Joseph Schooling eyes Michael Phelps’ world record at world champs

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Shortly after Joseph Schooling upset Michael Phelps in the Rio Olympic 100m butterfly, the Singapore swimmer made his next goal quite clear.

Take Phelps’ 100m butterfly world record.

Schooling repeated that claim after returning to the University of Texas for his junior season in November and again following March’s NCAA Championships, where he was beaten by Caeleb Dressel in the 100-yard butterfly.

The goal is apparently an imminent one.

Schooling said he believes he can break Phelps’ record at the world championships in Budapest in July, according to Channel News Asia. It would require lowering his personal best by more than a half-second.

“I’m looking forward to that race, and deep down I think if I do what I know I can do, if I execute everything well perfectly, I’d have a really good shot,” Schooling said Thursday, according to the report.

Schooling, 21, hasn’t raced a 100m butterfly since the Olympics, where he clocked 50.39 seconds. That broke Phelps’ Olympic record of 50.58 set at the 2008 Olympics. It’s the fifth-fastest time ever.

All of the top four times, including Phelps’ world record of 49.82, were set in 2009 at the peak of the high-tech swimsuit era.

“My dad told me 50.39 is a world record in a textile suit, but I want the world record on paper,” Schooling reportedly said less than a week after his Olympic title in August. “My next goal is breaking 49.8.”

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Aly Raisman calls out airport worker for ‘muscles’ comment

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Three-time Olympic champion Aly Raisman called out a male airport security worker who she says questioned whether she had enough muscles to be a gymnast.

Raisman posted on Twitter on Wednesday that after a female Transportation Security Administration worker said she recognized Raisman by her biceps, a male employee said, “I don’t see any muscles.” Raisman called the encounter “rude & uncomfortable.”

Raisman, who turned 23 Thursday, says she works “very hard to be healthy & fit.” She says that if a man can’t compliment a girl’s muscles, he’s sexist.

Raisman didn’t say where or when the airport exchange took place.

Raisman previously authored a powerful social media post about body image, shouting out “to all the boys from 5th-9th grade who made fun of me for being ‘too strong’” in November.

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