Lane 1 - NBC Sports posts "Michael Phelps jokingly challenges Katie Ledecky to race. Katie Ledecky was getting her headset adjusted for a post-race, pool-deck interview with Universal Sports broadcasters when a voice that belonged to neither play-by-play man Ted Robinson nor analyst Rowdy Gaines filtered into her ears. “Katie, can we have a match race?” a man’s voice said Friday night. That was Michael Phelps.”
Lane 2 - Swimming World posts “Mark Spitz Allegedly Claims Michael Phelps Did Not Win 2008 100 Fly Olympic Gold.”
Lane 3 - Swimoutlet.com posts "With a lot of buzz and interest in the new MP swimming line from Michael Phelps and Aqua Sphere, you might be interested in reading these insights from Swim Outlet Competition Swim Buyer & Merchandiser, Megan Mills." swimoutlet.com"
Lane 4 - USA Today posts “Ryan Lochte, healthy again, begins buildup for worlds, then Olympics. What drives Ryan Lochte is elusive, something he knows he may very well never attain. Perfection. "I just want to have a swim meet one time where I'm like, 'That's a perfect swim meet,' " Lochte tells USA TODAY Sports. "I don't know if that will ever happen. It's never happened. … But that's good that it hasn't happened.”
Aqua Sphere, the premier swimming equipment manufacturer for fitness and recreational swimming, aquatic exercise, and triathlons, and Michael Phelps, the most decorated swimmer of all-time, have together launched the “MP” brand.
Lane 1 - Baltimore Sun posts "Michael Phelps celebrates Christmas in teeny, tiny swimwear. The Olympic superstar posted to Instagram late this week with a photo from a Christmas pajama party he attended with sometime-girlfriend Nicole Johnson, a former Miss California."
Lane 2 - Daily Mail posts "Working off that turkey! Michael Klim joins wife Lindy on their exercise bikes for post-Christmas blitz after the gold medallist gives son Rocco some swimming pointers. For most people, the few days after Christmas means kicking back and enjoying sometime off. But Lindy and Michael Klim aren't slowing down during the festive season, with the superfit pair instead taking to the gym on Boxing Day to work off their holiday meals. The happy couple showed off their workout regime on a pair of exercise bikes after 37-year-old Australian swimmer Michael helped perfect son Rocco's stroke in the pool."
Lane 3 - Stuff posts "New Zealand swimmers caught in the deep end in 2014. Lauren Boyle and Sophie Pascoe aside, it's been another forgettable and concerning year for swimming in New Zealand. And, frustratingly, even Boyle's year has been hampered. Last month it was revealed the Rio Olympic medal hope has been without a specialist coach for six months and taxpayer-funded entities Swimming New Zealand and High Performance Sport New Zealand are both still struggling to find a solution - for the most promising athlete the sport has seen in this country in years."
Lane 4 - First Post has "Swimming, Athletics endure a dope tainted 2014. The fight against doping went into its climax in the second half of the year when top names from track and field, swimming and badminton fell from grace. The anti-doping in the first half of 2014, however, had got its fair share in the limelight when six offenders were exposed in Sochi Winter Olympic Games in February, reports Xinhua."
Lane 1 - ABC posts "Shane Gould: are we a nation of swimmers? Swimmer Shane Gould became an Olympic gold medallist at the age of 15 at the Munich Olympic Games. She joined Natasha Mitchell to talk about her return to the pool as a researcher and share her surprising findings about how Australians learn to swim."
Lane 2 - Speedo France posts "Le message de Florent Manaudou. En cette fin d'année, Florent Manaudou a un message pour vous..."
Lane 3 - NY Times posts "Michael Phelps Pleads Guilty and Admits Alcohol Problem. Michael Phelps, the 18-time Olympic gold medalist in swimming, pleaded guilty to drunken driving Friday, almost three months after he was arrested after leaving a Baltimore casino. Phelps, 29, was sentenced to a year in prison, but the prison sentence is suspended. He must be on probation for a year and a half." Meanwhile Baltimore Sun posts "Michael Phelps video from morning of arrest."
Lane 4 - Longevity posts "SA health enthusiast and cancer survivour, Shaun Harris tells us how he keeps fit. SHAUN HARRIS DESCRIBES HIMSELF AS A RELENTLESS AND DRIVEN INDIVIDUAL WHO WILL STOP AT NOTHING TO REACH HIS GOALS. DIAGNOSED WITH TESTICULAR CANCER IN 2011, HE IS NOW IN REMISSION AND TRAINING HARD TO REACH HIS HEALTH AND FITNESS GOALS."
Lane 5 - Herald Sun posts "Olympic swimmer Michael Klim insists we need swim lessons in schools. OLYMPIC gold medallist Michael Klim has renewed calls for the introduction of mandatory swimming lessons in all Victorian schools."
Lane 6 - Examiner posts "Olympic history: E. German Rica Reinisch Wins 3 Gold Medals at 14, then retires."
Lane 7 - Go Swim posts "All Strokes - Reading the Clock. Coaches will understand the importance of this week's video, especially when working with younger swimmers."
Lane 8 - WRCB posts "Georgia's Bauerle can return to coaching immediately. After being barred from the deck for the past year, longtime Georgia swimming coach Jack Bauerle will return for the team's next meet. Bauerle was sanctioned this week by the NCAA for rules violations involving a star swimmer, but the ruling was not clear on exactly when the coach could return from the suspension."