Why was Michael Phelps wearing Australian swim trunks?

Maggie Hendricks
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Michael Phelps is a proud member of Team USA. During the Beijing Olympics, he won eight gold medals for the U.S., so why was he spotted wearing Australian swim trunks at the world swimming championships in Shanghai?

Phelps told the " Today" show that he was in the warmup area, and he didn't have his swim trunks with him. Australian Eamon Sullivan, Phelps' competitor and friend, had an extra pair. That set up this picture, with Phelps talking to teammate Ryan Lochte while representing for the Aussies.

Sullivan tweeted this picture, joking, "About as close as you will ever see @MichaelPhelps swimming for Australia!" He added that he hoped the shorts brought Phelps luck, and that there is no need to return them.

They did bring him luck, as Phelps won his first gold of the world championships on Wednesday. He won the 200m butterfly over Japan's Takeshi Matsud and China's Wu Peng. Earlier this week, Phelps took silver behind Lochte in the 200m free.

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