Michael Phelps vs. Ryan Lochte at Olympic trials

Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte battle it out at the U.S. Olympic swimming trials in Omaha.

US swimmer Caeleb Dressel emerged from the shadow of his idol Michael Phelps in Budapest becoming the first swimmer to win three world championships gold medals in a single day

US swimmer Caeleb Dressel emerged from the shadow of his idol Michael Phelps in Budapest becoming the first swimmer to win three world championships gold medals in a single day (AFP Photo/Martin BUREAU)

Michael Phelps

“One year ago I had the privilege of marrying my best friend!” the Olympian wrote, sharing this kissy pic with his wife, Nicole. “Love you forever and ever @mrs.nicolephelps” (Photo: Michael Phelps via Instagram)

The secret documents that could shed light on sport's famous conspiracy theories

With long-classified documents concerning the assassination of President John F Kennedy due to be released pending President Donald Trump's approval, conspiracy theories are running wild. The sporting world is not immune to such theories either, with a long history of alleged fixes, frame-ups, biased officiating, doped-up athletes and inside jobs filling the imagination of aggrieved and bitter fans. Let's ignore Ockham's Razor and entertain some of them.  Did Sonny Liston take a dive?  By 1965, Muhammad Ali was no longer Cassius Clay and had taken the world heavyweight title from the grasp of intimidating bruiser Sonny Liston. Their second title fight in Maine however, would be shrouded in controversy forevermore. Ali caught Liston with what looked an innocuous counter-punch in the first-round, but Liston hit the canvas.  Referee Jersey Joe Walcott did not begin the count, and the after Liston stayed down for more than 10 seconds the fight was stopped after a brief resumption. Ali won on technical knockout, and the decisive blow was called 'The Phantom Punch'.  Rumours abound that Liston bet against on himself to pay off gambling debts, that the Nation of Islam made threats against his life or the Mafia fixed the result. Ali's punch did catch Liston a glancing blow to the temple however, and that would be the simplest explanation. Make your own mind up.   The secret document that could solve the mystery: Sonny Liston's bookmaker's ledger.  Did an Arsenal-supporting chef poison Tottenham? An episode that left the southern end of Seven Sisters Road in stitches for years. On the final day of the 2005-6 Premier League season, victory over West Ham would have assured Tottenham Hotspur of Champions League qualification at the expense of fierce local rivals Arsenal. At the time, Spurs had not finished above Arsene Wenger's side since 1995.  However, on the eve of the final-day decider at Upton Park, the Spurs squad was plagued by a mysterious bout of food poisoning. There we even doubts about the match going ahead, with key Spurs players such as Michael Carrick, Robbie Keane and Jermain Jenas suffering. It was later revealed, that the Italian food at their Canary Wharf hotel was probably to blame.  "Lasagne and spaghetti Bolognese were on the menu, we ate, and then in the middle of the night we started dropping like flies," reflected Jenas. "It was mayhem." Spurs lost at West Ham 2-1, while a Thierry Henry hat-trick fired Arsenal to a 4-2 victory over Wigan in the final match at Highbury. The day was a rich source of schadenfreude and mocking chants for several seasons.  The secret document that could solve the mystery:The head chef's Arsenal season ticket.  Martin Jol consoled Robbie Keane Credit: EPA Did Colonel Gaddafi organise the disappearance of Shergar? With the exception of the Lord Lucan mystery, no disappearing act has left such a lasting imprint on British folklore. One of the great flat-racing horses in history, Derby winner Shergar was taken by armed men in balaclavas from his stables in Co Kildare Ireland in 1983, and never seen again.  His fate is still unknown, and the incident has been the source of several books and films since. One lurid conspiracy theory is that he was kidnapped by the IRA and given to Libyan dictator Colonel Gaddafi in exchange for arms. Another is that he was taken by the New Orleans Mafia.  The secret document that could solve the mystery: The horse's dental records.  Did Bobby Riggs rig the 'Battle of the Sexes'? 2017 was the year of the sporting novelty event with Floyd Mayweather Jr and Conor McGregor's ludicrous bout in Las Vegas, but it was by no means sport's first publicity stunt. In 1973, professional tennis player Bobby Riggs challenged multiple Grand Slam winner Billie Jean King to a match. The implication of course, was that the match would decide whether or not the best of the women's game could keep up with their male counterparts.  King wiped the floor with him, and many suggested that Riggs had bet against himself and organised the whole event as a hustle. The more likely explanation is that the premise of the event - female athletes having to prove they are 'as good' as men- was nonsense to begin with.  The secret document that could solve the mystery: Riggs' bank statement before and after the event. Billie Jean King holds down the net as Bobby Riggs Credit: AP Did Michael Phelps actually lose at the Beijing Olympics? Few could dispute Michael Phelps's Olympic legacy, but some do dispute his seventh Olympic gold won at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. The American made an awful start to the 100-meter butterfly final, and trailed Serbian Milorad Cavic for most of the race until he chased him down on the final length.  The human eye could not decipher who had triumphed, but Phelps was awarded gold by one-hundredth of a second. The race time is measured by swimmers touching an electronic pad when they reach the line, and many fans believe Cavic actually got their first - but did not hit the pad firmly enough to register his time.  The secret document that could solve the mystery: Finger prints.  Why did Ronaldo play in the 1998 World Cup final? The 'original' Ronaldo was the most exciting footballer in the world in 1998, but hours the World Cup final between Brazil and France he mysteriously fell ill. Sources, including teammate Roberto Carlos, reported he suffered some form of seizure. He was quickly taken out of the starting line-up and whisked away to hospital. However, he made a gained recovery and was put back in the team. Ronaldo was a shadow of himself and, many thought, unfit to play, as France won 3-0.  People have wondered ever since why he played.  The secret document that could solve the mystery: Ronaldo's personal diary.  Ronaldo was badly out-of-sorts against France Credit: AFP Did Uefa conspire to get Barcelona in the Champions League final? Nothing condones Chelsea players' behaviour after their Champions League semi-final defeat to Barcelona in 2009, but they certainly were on the rough end of some bad decisions at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea had three plausible penalty shouts turned down by Norwegian referee Tom Henning Ovrebo, with Michael Ballack chasing after him shouting expletives in his face.  The general secretary of Uefa, David Taylor, was forced to deny accusations of Uefa favouritism towards Barcelona. "If anything it's a media conspiracy against Uefa," said Taylor. "It does make me angry. It really annoys me because it's a load of rubbish." The number of red cards received by opponents of Barcelona fueled this spurious theory: Arsenal's Jens Lehman in the 2006 Champions League final, Inter's Thiago Motta in the 2009 semi-final, Arsenal's Robin van Persie in a 2011 last-16 tie and John Terry in a 2012 semi-final to name a few.  The secret document that could solve the mystery: There are none. A mixture of human error and gamesmanship are to blame. 

The secret documents that could shed light on sport's famous conspiracy theories

With long-classified documents concerning the assassination of President John F Kennedy due to be released pending President Donald Trump's approval, conspiracy theories are running wild. The sporting world is not immune to such theories either, with a long history of alleged fixes, frame-ups, biased officiating, doped-up athletes and inside jobs filling the imagination of aggrieved and bitter fans. Let's ignore Ockham's Razor and entertain some of them.  Did Sonny Liston take a dive?  By 1965, Muhammad Ali was no longer Cassius Clay and had taken the world heavyweight title from the grasp of intimidating bruiser Sonny Liston. Their second title fight in Maine however, would be shrouded in controversy forevermore. Ali caught Liston with what looked an innocuous counter-punch in the first-round, but Liston hit the canvas.  Referee Jersey Joe Walcott did not begin the count, and the after Liston stayed down for more than 10 seconds the fight was stopped after a brief resumption. Ali won on technical knockout, and the decisive blow was called 'The Phantom Punch'.  Rumours abound that Liston bet against on himself to pay off gambling debts, that the Nation of Islam made threats against his life or the Mafia fixed the result. Ali's punch did catch Liston a glancing blow to the temple however, and that would be the simplest explanation. Make your own mind up.   The secret document that could solve the mystery: Sonny Liston's bookmaker's ledger.  Did an Arsenal-supporting chef poison Tottenham? An episode that left the southern end of Seven Sisters Road in stitches for years. On the final day of the 2005-6 Premier League season, victory over West Ham would have assured Tottenham Hotspur of Champions League qualification at the expense of fierce local rivals Arsenal. At the time, Spurs had not finished above Arsene Wenger's side since 1995.  However, on the eve of the final-day decider at Upton Park, the Spurs squad was plagued by a mysterious bout of food poisoning. There we even doubts about the match going ahead, with key Spurs players such as Michael Carrick, Robbie Keane and Jermain Jenas suffering. It was later revealed, that the Italian food at their Canary Wharf hotel was probably to blame.  "Lasagne and spaghetti Bolognese were on the menu, we ate, and then in the middle of the night we started dropping like flies," reflected Jenas. "It was mayhem." Spurs lost at West Ham 2-1, while a Thierry Henry hat-trick fired Arsenal to a 4-2 victory over Wigan in the final match at Highbury. The day was a rich source of schadenfreude and mocking chants for several seasons.  The secret document that could solve the mystery:The head chef's Arsenal season ticket.  Martin Jol consoled Robbie Keane Credit: EPA Did Colonel Gaddafi organise the disappearance of Shergar? With the exception of the Lord Lucan mystery, no disappearing act has left such a lasting imprint on British folklore. One of the great flat-racing horses in history, Derby winner Shergar was taken by armed men in balaclavas from his stables in Co Kildare Ireland in 1983, and never seen again.  His fate is still unknown, and the incident has been the source of several books and films since. One lurid conspiracy theory is that he was kidnapped by the IRA and given to Libyan dictator Colonel Gaddafi in exchange for arms. Another is that he was taken by the New Orleans Mafia.  The secret document that could solve the mystery: The horse's dental records.  Did Bobby Riggs rig the 'Battle of the Sexes'? 2017 was the year of the sporting novelty event with Floyd Mayweather Jr and Conor McGregor's ludicrous bout in Las Vegas, but it was by no means sport's first publicity stunt. In 1973, professional tennis player Bobby Riggs challenged multiple Grand Slam winner Billie Jean King to a match. The implication of course, was that the match would decide whether or not the best of the women's game could keep up with their male counterparts.  King wiped the floor with him, and many suggested that Riggs had bet against himself and organised the whole event as a hustle. The more likely explanation is that the premise of the event - female athletes having to prove they are 'as good' as men- was nonsense to begin with.  The secret document that could solve the mystery: Riggs' bank statement before and after the event. Billie Jean King holds down the net as Bobby Riggs Credit: AP Did Michael Phelps actually lose at the Beijing Olympics? Few could dispute Michael Phelps's Olympic legacy, but some do dispute his seventh Olympic gold won at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. The American made an awful start to the 100-meter butterfly final, and trailed Serbian Milorad Cavic for most of the race until he chased him down on the final length.  The human eye could not decipher who had triumphed, but Phelps was awarded gold by one-hundredth of a second. The race time is measured by swimmers touching an electronic pad when they reach the line, and many fans believe Cavic actually got their first - but did not hit the pad firmly enough to register his time.  The secret document that could solve the mystery: Finger prints.  Why did Ronaldo play in the 1998 World Cup final? The 'original' Ronaldo was the most exciting footballer in the world in 1998, but hours the World Cup final between Brazil and France he mysteriously fell ill. Sources, including teammate Roberto Carlos, reported he suffered some form of seizure. He was quickly taken out of the starting line-up and whisked away to hospital. However, he made a gained recovery and was put back in the team. Ronaldo was a shadow of himself and, many thought, unfit to play, as France won 3-0.  People have wondered ever since why he played.  The secret document that could solve the mystery: Ronaldo's personal diary.  Ronaldo was badly out-of-sorts against France Credit: AFP Did Uefa conspire to get Barcelona in the Champions League final? Nothing condones Chelsea players' behaviour after their Champions League semi-final defeat to Barcelona in 2009, but they certainly were on the rough end of some bad decisions at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea had three plausible penalty shouts turned down by Norwegian referee Tom Henning Ovrebo, with Michael Ballack chasing after him shouting expletives in his face.  The general secretary of Uefa, David Taylor, was forced to deny accusations of Uefa favouritism towards Barcelona. "If anything it's a media conspiracy against Uefa," said Taylor. "It does make me angry. It really annoys me because it's a load of rubbish." The number of red cards received by opponents of Barcelona fueled this spurious theory: Arsenal's Jens Lehman in the 2006 Champions League final, Inter's Thiago Motta in the 2009 semi-final, Arsenal's Robin van Persie in a 2011 last-16 tie and John Terry in a 2012 semi-final to name a few.  The secret document that could solve the mystery: There are none. A mixture of human error and gamesmanship are to blame. 

The secret documents that could shed light on sport's famous conspiracy theories

With long-classified documents concerning the assassination of President John F Kennedy due to be released pending President Donald Trump's approval, conspiracy theories are running wild. The sporting world is not immune to such theories either, with a long history of alleged fixes, frame-ups, biased officiating, doped-up athletes and inside jobs filling the imagination of aggrieved and bitter fans. Let's ignore Ockham's Razor and entertain some of them.  Did Sonny Liston take a dive?  By 1965, Muhammad Ali was no longer Cassius Clay and had taken the world heavyweight title from the grasp of intimidating bruiser Sonny Liston. Their second title fight in Maine however, would be shrouded in controversy forevermore. Ali caught Liston with what looked an innocuous counter-punch in the first-round, but Liston hit the canvas.  Referee Jersey Joe Walcott did not begin the count, and the after Liston stayed down for more than 10 seconds the fight was stopped after a brief resumption. Ali won on technical knockout, and the decisive blow was called 'The Phantom Punch'.  Rumours abound that Liston bet against on himself to pay off gambling debts, that the Nation of Islam made threats against his life or the Mafia fixed the result. Ali's punch did catch Liston a glancing blow to the temple however, and that would be the simplest explanation. Make your own mind up.   The secret document that could solve the mystery: Sonny Liston's bookmaker's ledger.  Did an Arsenal-supporting chef poison Tottenham? An episode that left the southern end of Seven Sisters Road in stitches for years. On the final day of the 2005-6 Premier League season, victory over West Ham would have assured Tottenham Hotspur of Champions League qualification at the expense of fierce local rivals Arsenal. At the time, Spurs had not finished above Arsene Wenger's side since 1995.  However, on the eve of the final-day decider at Upton Park, the Spurs squad was plagued by a mysterious bout of food poisoning. There we even doubts about the match going ahead, with key Spurs players such as Michael Carrick, Robbie Keane and Jermain Jenas suffering. It was later revealed, that the Italian food at their Canary Wharf hotel was probably to blame.  "Lasagne and spaghetti Bolognese were on the menu, we ate, and then in the middle of the night we started dropping like flies," reflected Jenas. "It was mayhem." Spurs lost at West Ham 2-1, while a Thierry Henry hat-trick fired Arsenal to a 4-2 victory over Wigan in the final match at Highbury. The day was a rich source of schadenfreude and mocking chants for several seasons.  The secret document that could solve the mystery:The head chef's Arsenal season ticket.  Martin Jol consoled Robbie Keane Credit: EPA Did Colonel Gaddafi organise the disappearance of Shergar? With the exception of the Lord Lucan mystery, no disappearing act has left such a lasting imprint on British folklore. One of the great flat-racing horses in history, Derby winner Shergar was taken by armed men in balaclavas from his stables in Co Kildare Ireland in 1983, and never seen again.  His fate is still unknown, and the incident has been the source of several books and films since. One lurid conspiracy theory is that he was kidnapped by the IRA and given to Libyan dictator Colonel Gaddafi in exchange for arms. Another is that he was taken by the New Orleans Mafia.  The secret document that could solve the mystery: The horse's dental records.  Did Bobby Riggs rig the 'Battle of the Sexes'? 2017 was the year of the sporting novelty event with Floyd Mayweather Jr and Conor McGregor's ludicrous bout in Las Vegas, but it was by no means sport's first publicity stunt. In 1973, professional tennis player Bobby Riggs challenged multiple Grand Slam winner Billie Jean King to a match. The implication of course, was that the match would decide whether or not the best of the women's game could keep up with their male counterparts.  King wiped the floor with him, and many suggested that Riggs had bet against himself and organised the whole event as a hustle. The more likely explanation is that the premise of the event - female athletes having to prove they are 'as good' as men- was nonsense to begin with.  The secret document that could solve the mystery: Riggs' bank statement before and after the event. Billie Jean King holds down the net as Bobby Riggs Credit: AP Did Michael Phelps actually lose at the Beijing Olympics? Few could dispute Michael Phelps's Olympic legacy, but some do dispute his seventh Olympic gold won at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. The American made an awful start to the 100-meter butterfly final, and trailed Serbian Milorad Cavic for most of the race until he chased him down on the final length.  The human eye could not decipher who had triumphed, but Phelps was awarded gold by one-hundredth of a second. The race time is measured by swimmers touching an electronic pad when they reach the line, and many fans believe Cavic actually got their first - but did not hit the pad firmly enough to register his time.  The secret document that could solve the mystery: Finger prints.  Why did Ronaldo play in the 1998 World Cup final? The 'original' Ronaldo was the most exciting footballer in the world in 1998, but hours the World Cup final between Brazil and France he mysteriously fell ill. Sources, including teammate Roberto Carlos, reported he suffered some form of seizure. He was quickly taken out of the starting line-up and whisked away to hospital. However, he made a gained recovery and was put back in the team. Ronaldo was a shadow of himself and, many thought, unfit to play, as France won 3-0.  People have wondered ever since why he played.  The secret document that could solve the mystery: Ronaldo's personal diary.  Ronaldo was badly out-of-sorts against France Credit: AFP Did Uefa conspire to get Barcelona in the Champions League final? Nothing condones Chelsea players' behaviour after their Champions League semi-final defeat to Barcelona in 2009, but they certainly were on the rough end of some bad decisions at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea had three plausible penalty shouts turned down by Norwegian referee Tom Henning Ovrebo, with Michael Ballack chasing after him shouting expletives in his face.  The general secretary of Uefa, David Taylor, was forced to deny accusations of Uefa favouritism towards Barcelona. "If anything it's a media conspiracy against Uefa," said Taylor. "It does make me angry. It really annoys me because it's a load of rubbish." The number of red cards received by opponents of Barcelona fueled this spurious theory: Arsenal's Jens Lehman in the 2006 Champions League final, Inter's Thiago Motta in the 2009 semi-final, Arsenal's Robin van Persie in a 2011 last-16 tie and John Terry in a 2012 semi-final to name a few.  The secret document that could solve the mystery: There are none. A mixture of human error and gamesmanship are to blame. 

The secret documents that could shed light on sport's famous conspiracy theories

With long-classified documents concerning the assassination of President John F Kennedy due to be released pending President Donald Trump's approval, conspiracy theories are running wild. The sporting world is not immune to such theories either, with a long history of alleged fixes, frame-ups, biased officiating, doped-up athletes and inside jobs filling the imagination of aggrieved and bitter fans. Let's ignore Ockham's Razor and entertain some of them.  Did Sonny Liston take a dive?  By 1965, Muhammad Ali was no longer Cassius Clay and had taken the world heavyweight title from the grasp of intimidating bruiser Sonny Liston. Their second title fight in Maine however, would be shrouded in controversy forevermore. Ali caught Liston with what looked an innocuous counter-punch in the first-round, but Liston hit the canvas.  Referee Jersey Joe Walcott did not begin the count, and the after Liston stayed down for more than 10 seconds the fight was stopped after a brief resumption. Ali won on technical knockout, and the decisive blow was called 'The Phantom Punch'.  Rumours abound that Liston bet against on himself to pay off gambling debts, that the Nation of Islam made threats against his life or the Mafia fixed the result. Ali's punch did catch Liston a glancing blow to the temple however, and that would be the simplest explanation. Make your own mind up.   The secret document that could solve the mystery: Sonny Liston's bookmaker's ledger.  Did an Arsenal-supporting chef poison Tottenham? An episode that left the southern end of Seven Sisters Road in stitches for years. On the final day of the 2005-6 Premier League season, victory over West Ham would have assured Tottenham Hotspur of Champions League qualification at the expense of fierce local rivals Arsenal. At the time, Spurs had not finished above Arsene Wenger's side since 1995.  However, on the eve of the final-day decider at Upton Park, the Spurs squad was plagued by a mysterious bout of food poisoning. There we even doubts about the match going ahead, with key Spurs players such as Michael Carrick, Robbie Keane and Jermain Jenas suffering. It was later revealed, that the Italian food at their Canary Wharf hotel was probably to blame.  "Lasagne and spaghetti Bolognese were on the menu, we ate, and then in the middle of the night we started dropping like flies," reflected Jenas. "It was mayhem." Spurs lost at West Ham 2-1, while a Thierry Henry hat-trick fired Arsenal to a 4-2 victory over Wigan in the final match at Highbury. The day was a rich source of schadenfreude and mocking chants for several seasons.  The secret document that could solve the mystery:The head chef's Arsenal season ticket.  Martin Jol consoled Robbie Keane Credit: EPA Did Colonel Gaddafi organise the disappearance of Shergar? With the exception of the Lord Lucan mystery, no disappearing act has left such a lasting imprint on British folklore. One of the great flat-racing horses in history, Derby winner Shergar was taken by armed men in balaclavas from his stables in Co Kildare Ireland in 1983, and never seen again.  His fate is still unknown, and the incident has been the source of several books and films since. One lurid conspiracy theory is that he was kidnapped by the IRA and given to Libyan dictator Colonel Gaddafi in exchange for arms. Another is that he was taken by the New Orleans Mafia.  The secret document that could solve the mystery: The horse's dental records.  Did Bobby Riggs rig the 'Battle of the Sexes'? 2017 was the year of the sporting novelty event with Floyd Mayweather Jr and Conor McGregor's ludicrous bout in Las Vegas, but it was by no means sport's first publicity stunt. In 1973, professional tennis player Bobby Riggs challenged multiple Grand Slam winner Billie Jean King to a match. The implication of course, was that the match would decide whether or not the best of the women's game could keep up with their male counterparts.  King wiped the floor with him, and many suggested that Riggs had bet against himself and organised the whole event as a hustle. The more likely explanation is that the premise of the event - female athletes having to prove they are 'as good' as men- was nonsense to begin with.  The secret document that could solve the mystery: Riggs' bank statement before and after the event. Billie Jean King holds down the net as Bobby Riggs Credit: AP Did Michael Phelps actually lose at the Beijing Olympics? Few could dispute Michael Phelps's Olympic legacy, but some do dispute his seventh Olympic gold won at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. The American made an awful start to the 100-meter butterfly final, and trailed Serbian Milorad Cavic for most of the race until he chased him down on the final length.  The human eye could not decipher who had triumphed, but Phelps was awarded gold by one-hundredth of a second. The race time is measured by swimmers touching an electronic pad when they reach the line, and many fans believe Cavic actually got their first - but did not hit the pad firmly enough to register his time.  The secret document that could solve the mystery: Finger prints.  Why did Ronaldo play in the 1998 World Cup final? The 'original' Ronaldo was the most exciting footballer in the world in 1998, but hours the World Cup final between Brazil and France he mysteriously fell ill. Sources, including teammate Roberto Carlos, reported he suffered some form of seizure. He was quickly taken out of the starting line-up and whisked away to hospital. However, he made a gained recovery and was put back in the team. Ronaldo was a shadow of himself and, many thought, unfit to play, as France won 3-0.  People have wondered ever since why he played.  The secret document that could solve the mystery: Ronaldo's personal diary.  Ronaldo was badly out-of-sorts against France Credit: AFP Did Uefa conspire to get Barcelona in the Champions League final? Nothing condones Chelsea players' behaviour after their Champions League semi-final defeat to Barcelona in 2009, but they certainly were on the rough end of some bad decisions at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea had three plausible penalty shouts turned down by Norwegian referee Tom Henning Ovrebo, with Michael Ballack chasing after him shouting expletives in his face.  The general secretary of Uefa, David Taylor, was forced to deny accusations of Uefa favouritism towards Barcelona. "If anything it's a media conspiracy against Uefa," said Taylor. "It does make me angry. It really annoys me because it's a load of rubbish." The number of red cards received by opponents of Barcelona fueled this spurious theory: Arsenal's Jens Lehman in the 2006 Champions League final, Inter's Thiago Motta in the 2009 semi-final, Arsenal's Robin van Persie in a 2011 last-16 tie and John Terry in a 2012 semi-final to name a few.  The secret document that could solve the mystery: There are none. A mixture of human error and gamesmanship are to blame. 

Taylor Lautner

The Scream Queens hunk transformed himself into Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte — who was all the talk in 2016 — silver hair and all! (Photo: SMXRF/Star Max/GC Images)

Michael Phelps' darkest moment: 'I didn't want to be alive'

The Olympic gold medalist sits down with Yahoo Sports and shares the lowest point of his life and what he ​had to do to overcome it.

Michael Phelps' darkest moment: 'I didn't want to be alive'

The Olympic gold medalist sits down with Yahoo Sports and shares the lowest point of his life and what he ​had to do to overcome it.

Michael Phelps' darkest moment: 'I didn't want to be alive'

The Olympic gold medalist sits down with Yahoo Sports and shares the lowest point of his life and what he ​had to do to overcome it. He also discusses the negative impact social media has on our mental health. If you or someone you know needs help, call 1-800-273-8255 for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. You can also text HELLO to 741-741 for free, 24-hour support from the Crisis Text Line.

Michael Phelps' darkest moment: 'I didn't want to be alive'

The Olympic gold medalist sits down with Yahoo Sports and shares the lowest point of his life and what he ​had to do to overcome it.

Giant Swimming Bat Confirms Your Worst Nightmares

Michael Phelps might be sleeping soundly at night, knowing that his reign in the swimming pool is secure, but right now our attention is drawn elsewhere. In this short clip that comes to us from Chandigarh, India, we see something that might not be all too surprising, as we’ve seen flying animals swim before, but not yet seen a bat in the water, swimming like it is it’s second nature! Is nothing sacred anymore? These creatures of the night might not be famous for their prowess in the aquatic sports, so we just have to hand it to this guy; he looks like quite the pro! As you might have guessed it, the flying bloodsuckers are actually quite good at handling themselves during thick situations. According to the Smithsonian Museum, bats can swim if the need arises, but it’s certainly not part of their daily curriculum. Flying foxes, on the other hand, have been known to take a dive or two, if that means securing their next meal. Bats drink water on the wing; echolocation helps them track down a dam or river (or even a swimming pool), and they swoop down and skim the water's surface for some liquid refreshment. So while we don't know how this winged beast ended up in the water, we cannot exclude the possibility that the mammal was simply trying to have a drink and miscalculated its approach.

Giant Swimming Bat Confirms Your Worst Nightmares

Michael Phelps might be sleeping soundly at night, knowing that his reign in the swimming pool is secure, but right now our attention is drawn elsewhere. In this short clip that comes to us from Chandigarh, India, we see something that might not be all too surprising, as we’ve seen flying animals swim before, but not yet seen a bat in the water, swimming like it is it’s second nature! Is nothing sacred anymore? These creatures of the night might not be famous for their prowess in the aquatic sports, so we just have to hand it to this guy; he looks like quite the pro! As you might have guessed it, the flying bloodsuckers are actually quite good at handling themselves during thick situations. According to the Smithsonian Museum, bats can swim if the need arises, but it’s certainly not part of their daily curriculum. Flying foxes, on the other hand, have been known to take a dive or two, if that means securing their next meal. Bats drink water on the wing; echolocation helps them track down a dam or river (or even a swimming pool), and they swoop down and skim the water's surface for some liquid refreshment. So while we don't know how this winged beast ended up in the water, we cannot exclude the possibility that the mammal was simply trying to have a drink and miscalculated its approach.

Giant Swimming Bat Confirms Your Worst Nightmares

Michael Phelps might be sleeping soundly at night, knowing that his reign in the swimming pool is secure, but right now our attention is drawn elsewhere. In this short clip that comes to us from Chandigarh, India, we see something that might not be all too surprising, as we’ve seen flying animals swim before, but not yet seen a bat in the water, swimming like it is it’s second nature! Is nothing sacred anymore? These creatures of the night might not be famous for their prowess in the aquatic sports, so we just have to hand it to this guy; he looks like quite the pro! As you might have guessed it, the flying bloodsuckers are actually quite good at handling themselves during thick situations. According to the Smithsonian Museum, bats can swim if the need arises, but it’s certainly not part of their daily curriculum. Flying foxes, on the other hand, have been known to take a dive or two, if that means securing their next meal. Bats drink water on the wing; echolocation helps them track down a dam or river (or even a swimming pool), and they swoop down and skim the water's surface for some liquid refreshment. So while we don't know how this winged beast ended up in the water, we cannot exclude the possibility that the mammal was simply trying to have a drink and miscalculated its approach.

Giant Swimming Bat Confirms Your Worst Nightmares

Michael Phelps might be sleeping soundly at night, knowing that his reign in the swimming pool is secure, but right now our attention is drawn elsewhere. In this short clip that comes to us from Chandigarh, India, we see something that might not be all too surprising, as we’ve seen flying animals swim before, but not yet seen a bat in the water, swimming like it is it’s second nature! Is nothing sacred anymore? These creatures of the night might not be famous for their prowess in the aquatic sports, so we just have to hand it to this guy; he looks like quite the pro! As you might have guessed it, the flying bloodsuckers are actually quite good at handling themselves during thick situations. According to the Smithsonian Museum, bats can swim if the need arises, but it’s certainly not part of their daily curriculum. Flying foxes, on the other hand, have been known to take a dive or two, if that means securing their next meal. Bats drink water on the wing; echolocation helps them track down a dam or river (or even a swimming pool), and they swoop down and skim the water's surface for some liquid refreshment. So while we don't know how this winged beast ended up in the water, we cannot exclude the possibility that the mammal was simply trying to have a drink and miscalculated its approach.

Michael Phelps on new baby: 'Having two running around will be hectic'

The Olympic gold medalist shares his son's favorite activity and what his expectations of life are going to be with a new family addition. Also, he discusses his latest environmental initiative with Colgate called Save Water.

Michael Phelps on new baby: 'Having two running around will be hectic'

The Olympic gold medalist shares his son's favorite activity and what his expectations of life are going to be with a new family addition. Also, he discusses his latest environmental initiative with Colgate called Save Water.

Michael Phelps on new baby: 'Having two running around will be hectic'

The Olympic gold medalist shares his son's favorite activity and what his expectations of life are going to be with a new family addition. Also, he discusses his latest environmental initiative with Colgate called Save Water.

Michael Phelps on new baby: 'Having two running around will be hectic'

The Olympic gold medalist shares his son's favorite activity and what his expectations of life are going to be with a new family addition. Also, he discusses his latest environmental initiative with Colgate called Save Water.

Olympic Swimmer Michael Phelps

We caught up with Olympic champ swimmer, Michael Phelps and his Foundation, Michael Phelps Foundation at the Boys and Girls Club of America. To celebrate his partnership with the Anthem Foundation to help at-risk youth establish healthy habits and live an active lifestyle.

Olympic Swimmer Michael Phelps

We caught up with Olympic champ swimmer, Michael Phelps and his Foundation, Michael Phelps Foundation at the Boys and Girls Club of America. To celebrate his partnership with the Anthem Foundation to help at-risk youth establish healthy habits and live an active lifestyle.

Olympic Swimmer Michael Phelps

We caught up with Olympic champ swimmer, Michael Phelps and his Foundation, Michael Phelps Foundation at the Boys and Girls Club of America. To celebrate his partnership with the Anthem Foundation to help at-risk youth establish healthy habits and live an active lifestyle.

Olympic Swimmer Michael Phelps

We caught up with Olympic champ swimmer, Michael Phelps and his Foundation, Michael Phelps Foundation at the Boys and Girls Club of America. To celebrate his partnership with the Anthem Foundation to help at-risk youth establish healthy habits and live an active lifestyle.

Sacrifices in training the key to success - Phelps

23-time Olympic gold medallist Michael Phelps insists his success was down to his work ethic in training that paid dividends in the pool.

Sacrifices in training the key to success - Phelps

23-time Olympic gold medallist Michael Phelps insists his success was down to his work ethic in training that paid dividends in the pool.

Sacrifices in training the key to success - Phelps

23-time Olympic gold medallist Michael Phelps insists his success was down to his work ethic in training that paid dividends in the pool.

2016 Olympics was the perfect ending - Phelps

23-time Olympic gold medallist Michael Phelps insisted he won't return to the pool after having the 'perfect' ending at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

2016 Olympics was the perfect ending - Phelps

23-time Olympic gold medallist Michael Phelps insisted he won't return to the pool after having the 'perfect' ending at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

2016 Olympics was the perfect ending - Phelps

23-time Olympic gold medallist Michael Phelps insisted he won't return to the pool after having the 'perfect' ending at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

AP Interview: Phelps has 'no desire' to return to swimming

FILE - In this Aug. 7, 2016, file photo United States swimmer Michael Phelps encourages his teammates in the final of the men's 4x100-meter freestyle relay during the swimming competitions at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Phelps says he has "no desire" to return to competitive swimming, but he's eager to stay involved with the sport and cheer on those who follow in his enormous wake. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man, File)

AP Interview: Phelps has 'no desire' to return to swimming

FILE - In this Aug. 9, 2016, file photo, United States' swimmer Michael Phelps celebrates winning his gold medal in the men's 200-meter butterfly with his fiance Nicole Johnson and baby Boomer during the swimming competitions at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Phelps says he has "no desire" to return to competitive swimming, but he's eager to stay involved with the sport and cheer on those who follow in his enormous wake. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)

AP Interview: Phelps has 'no desire' to return to swimming

Michael Phelps says he has ''no desire'' to return to competitive swimming, but he is eager to stay involved with the sport and cheer on those who follow in his enormous wake.

AP Interview: Phelps has 'no desire' to return to swimming

Michael Phelps says he has ''no desire'' to return to competitive swimming, but he is eager to stay involved with the sport and cheer on those who follow in his enormous wake.

Gloves for goggles: Phelps offers McGregor 50m head start in swimming challenge

He's taken on Floyd Mayweather Jr and could Michael Phelps be next? The swimming icon has challenged Conor McGregor to a race.

Highlights from the third round of the Omega European Masters

Fog hits day 3 with Michael Phelps an unlikely star

Highlights from the third round of the Omega European Masters

Fog hits day 3 with Michael Phelps an unlikely star

Highlights from the third round of the Omega European Masters

Fog hits day 3 with Michael Phelps an unlikely star

Australia's Hend leads by 2 at fog-affected European Masters

Former Olympic swimming champion Michael Phelps attends the putting contest at the Omega European Masters Golf Tournament in Crans Montana, Switzerland, Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017. (Alexandra Wey/Keystone via AP)

Baby No. 2 on the way for Michael Phelps, wife

FILE - In this Aug. 9, 2016, file photo, United States' swimmer Michael Phelps celebrates winning his gold medal in the men's 200-meter butterfly with his wife Nicole and baby Boomer during the swimming competitions at the 2016 Summer Olympics, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Phelps announced on Instagram Aug. 29, 2017, that Nicole is pregnant. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)

Michael Phelps challenges Conor McGregor to swimming race

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