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Ari Chi3fs
08-21-2008, 11:25 AM
The mystery of Michael Phelps' missing father

By Chris Chase

During Michael Phelps (http://sports.yahoo.com/olympics/beijing/usa/michael+phelps/221565/)' races, camera shots of his mother Debbie were a fixture on NBC. The network showed endless replays of her falling to her seat after that memorable 100 butterfly finish. She even watched one race on camera with Cris Collinsworth, squeezing his knee the entire time. And after her son won his eighth gold medal, Debbie was all over NBC getting interviewed by Bob Costas, Matt Lauer and Meredith Viera. Michael's sisters, Hilary and Whitney were also in Beijing cheering on their little brother. All this coverage of the Phelps family led to one obvious question from our readers: Where was Dad?
It's been well-documented that Debbie and Fred Phelps divorced when Michael was 9. Beyond that, little else has been publicized about Michael Phelps' father. Enter: Fourth-Place Medal's Investigative Unit (http://sports.yahoo.com/olympics/beijing/blog/fourth_place_medal?keyword=Olympic+Mystery+Solved).



Today the FPMIU looks into the mystery of the whereabouts of Michael Phelps' father.
Fred Phelps is a retired Maryland State Trooper, lives in a suburb of Baltimore and has remarried since divorcing Debbie Phelps in 1993. According to the Baltimore Sun, he watched the Olympics from his home, saying he was "on pins and needles" (http://www.baltimoresun.com/services/newspaper/printedition/bal-sp.olyblog15aug15,0,3939494.story) every time Michael dove into the pool. But, the New York Post reported that Fred has yet to call his son to congratulate him on his Olympic accomplishments (http://www.nypost.com/seven/08202008/news/nationalnews/dads_deep_divide_with_swim_king_125247.htm).
Following the divorce, Fred Phelps had little contact with his son. Prior to the 2004 Olympics, Michael told a reporter that his father hadn't even called to congratulate him when he set his first world record. However, the two reconciled prior to the Athens Games and Fred even made the trip to watch his son win six golds and two bronzes. Since then, however, the relationship has reportedly fractured.
Fred Phelps declines most interview requests, citing a desire to have the focus remain on his son.
Mystery: solved.
The FPMIU doesn't usually delve into such serious subjects, but when help is requested, we fly to the rescue like Batman. Send us a bat signal by leaving your unsolved Olympic mysteries in the comment section. Thanks to The New York Post (http://www.nypost.com/seven/08202008/news/nationalnews/dads_deep_divide_with_swim_king_125247.htm) and Baltimore Sun (http://www.baltimoresun.com/services/newspaper/printedition/bal-sp.olyblog15aug15,0,3939494.story) for assisting in our investigation.
Photo via New York Post
Related: Olympic Mystery Solved (http://sports.yahoo.com/olympics/beijing/blog/fourth_place_medal?keyword=Olympic+Mystery+Solved)

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Mr. Plow
08-21-2008, 11:30 AM
I've only been watching the Olympics here and there, but I just noticed that USA is woopin' some ass in the total medal count.....95-83 over China. Of course we are down in the Golds, but impressive nonetheless.

Deberg_1990
08-21-2008, 11:30 AM
God hates swimmers.

Pestilence
08-21-2008, 11:32 AM
Michael Phelp's Dad is.... wait for it.... honestly...no one gives a ****.

This isn't a shot at AriChiefs either.

Nightfyre
08-21-2008, 11:44 AM
Talk about hard to get parental approval. Evidently Michael should go hate on some gays. Except that I suspect he is one. :hmmm:

Lzen
08-21-2008, 01:26 PM
I could be wrong but I think some on this thread think his father is the same Fred Phelps of the Westboro Baptist church. He's not the same guy from what I am reading.

Nightfyre
08-21-2008, 01:28 PM
I could be wrong but I think some on this thread think his father is the same Fred Phelps of the Westboro Baptist church. He's not the same guy from what I am reading.

I was being TIC. Sorry if I mislead the lemmings.

Sure-Oz
08-21-2008, 01:35 PM
Yes, its great to be a deadbeat dad to an 8 time olympic medalist and future cover boy of corn flakes/wheaties

DaKCMan AP
08-21-2008, 01:39 PM
Word on the street is that back in the day Fred had some strong swimmers.

:rimshot:

Tribal Warfare
08-21-2008, 01:46 PM
Yes, its great to be a deadbeat dad to an 8 time olympic medalist and future cover boy of corn flakes/wheaties

make that 13 Gold Medals

DaKCMan AP
08-21-2008, 01:52 PM
make that 13 Gold Medals

14

Saulbadguy
08-21-2008, 01:55 PM
I could be wrong but I think some on this thread think his father is the same Fred Phelps of the Westboro Baptist church. He's not the same guy from what I am reading.

Gee..ya think? ;)

Ultra Peanut
08-21-2008, 02:15 PM
God Hates Silvers

Rausch
08-21-2008, 02:26 PM
God Hates Silvers

ROFL

A sig fug of my own heart...

dtebbe
08-21-2008, 06:44 PM
I suspect that a retired state trooper probably has a hard time accepting a gay son... thus the "fracture".

DT

beach tribe
08-21-2008, 07:37 PM
Phelp's is predicted to become billionaire. HA HA deadbeat pig.

The Pedestrian
08-22-2008, 09:08 AM
Totally saw that coming from a mile away...especially when I first saw that cell phone commercial with the "Phelps Phan" girl.