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Michael Phelps -- Different Strokes

5/17/2009 11:19 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Stupid people who are circling Michael Phelps as if he's washed up. So, he lost the backstroke to Aaron Peirsol yesterday at the North Carolina meet. But here's the deal -- the backstroke is not his thing -- he didn't even compete in the backstroke in the Olympics.

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P.S. he won the 200m freestyle and the 100m butterfly at the N.C. meet ... cynics!

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Justin    

Someone at TMZ has a huge crush on this guy, Harvey perhaps?

1984 days ago
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Lilarose    

Michael Phelps has made some stupid choices in his life, both before and after the Olympics. But I know police officers who regularly use marijuana, and I believe it should be legalized.

As for Michael, he is young and I sure made some REALLY stupid mistakes at his age. He is still the best swimmer on earth as of now and I wish him the best.

He needs to avoid bad people and the media.

1984 days ago
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tina    

TMZ calling out cynics. Well ain't that the pot calling the kettle black!!

1984 days ago
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really?    

Aaron Peirsol is THE hot swimmer anyway! Mmm, more of him, please!

1984 days ago
5.

Corey Feldman is the king of douche!    

Is that Michael Phelps or Gilligan???

1984 days ago
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La Toya Jackson    

I LOVE HIM .. More skin please

1984 days ago
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xcalibur    

LOL, TMZ.. YOU SEEM TO FORGET THE NEXT OLYMPICS IS 2012. PHELPS WILL LOSE IT BY THEN AS WELL AS HIS CONTEMPORARIES. IT'S THE NAME OF THE GAME. SPORTS IS BASED ON PHYSICAL ENDURANCE WHICH WEAKENS AS YOU AGE. GO CHANGE CAREERS PHELPS B4 YOU LOOK LIKE A LOSER IN '012.

1984 days ago
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nick    

the guy was at a party and ripin some tubes at a party, who hasn' done that? just because you are in the public eye doesn't mean that he can't act like any normal person.

1984 days ago
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Corey Feldman is the king of douche!    

Am i the only one that thinks this guy looks like a Neanderthal?

1984 days ago
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jjj    

Michael Phelps did a great job, placing second for someone competing in the event for the first time.... the backstroke is one of the new events he chose to compete in....he lost to the world record holder in the event Aaron Peirsol. No big deal! MP will train for this new event and start winning it eventually...

1984 days ago
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SocialistCowardicePigs    

You gotta love the Communists at TMZ. They're more than happy to circle the wagons for a stripper/prostitute dating pot head, but God forbid a girl giving an honest answer to a bs, politically loaded/driven question and they treat her like OJ Simpson. Nevermind the obvious fact that the large majority of Americans agree with her. Including the President, Sec. of State and the VERY blue state of California.

Keep it up TMZ, and continue watching your ratings wither further away......

1984 days ago
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Patrick Joseph    

That douche bag is a drug user with no morals, he represents nothing good anymore, he's done.

1984 days ago
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NC    

He's human so he made a mistake... BIG DEAL!!! He is back and better than ever!! Not only did he not swim the 100 back in the Olympics, but he also came in second place by less than a half second to world record holder who has not lost the race since 2002. If Phelps would have had 10 more yards he would have won the race, cause he kicked it in the end but just didn't kick it soon enough!

1984 days ago
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matt    

haha, he is holding one of those floatation devices they give seniors during pool aerobics

1984 days ago
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rick    

This guy is the greatest Olympian ever. Not only has he won more gold medals than anyone else in the history of the Olympics but he won the most gold in one Olympics(8) all this and he is a pot head, just imagine what he could do if he wasn't a head. Its a no wonder he needs to eat 15000 calories a day

1984 days ago
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