Phelps back to home

Record-setting swimmer Michael Phelps has satisfied some of his hunger for Americana since returning to the United States from his Olympic triumphs in China but has one special rendezvous he is looking forward to.Phelps, who touched down on Wednesday after winning an unparalleled eight gold medals in the pool in Beijing, has already chatted with Tiger Woods, done the rounds of morning TV chat shows and sampled some quintessential cuisine.

Michael Phelps

Michael Phelps

“It’s a good feeling to be back on American soil,” Phelps said on Thursday at a presentation of a grant to fund a Manhattan YMCA’s second grade swimming program, where every movement of the 14-time gold medalist in the pool brought choruses of “ooh’s” and “ah’s” from the children in the water. Phelps appeared at the YMCA to present a cheque of $20,000 from Visa to support youth swimming programs.Phelps has already done some hobnobbing, had his photographic portrait hung in the National Gallery and has more of the celebrity life lined up.

Michael Phelps

Michael Phelps

“I was at the launch of Tiger’s new (video golf) game last night. Being able to talk to him just for a little bit. He was saying how proud he was, congratulations,” said Phelps, who joked about how he could use lessons to help his golf.A week from Saturday he will host the season-opening edition of the Saturday Night Live TV comedy show. “It’s going to be interesting. I hope I’m literally not a fish out of water on that one,” said Phelps. “I’m already getting a hard time from some of my friends about it.”Phelps is also set to make a cameo appearance in the hit TV series ‘Entourage’, where he will be seen with Kevin Connolly.The Olympic swimmer said he was looking forward to getting home. “Once I get back to Baltimore I want to see my dog. I miss the little guy,” Phelps said about his white and black English bulldog named Herman, who he has not seen in a few months. “I’m just hoping he remembers me when I see him.”


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