Michael Phelps, the 27-year-old 14-time Olympic gold medalist, is shirtless on the cover of Details' August 2012 issue celebrating the London games.
Details interview excerpts and photos of the living swimming legend below!
On his 2012 Olympics game plan: “When you get to that big meet ... you’ve done all the training. You tune everything out and go up to the block and do everything that you’ve prepared to do. You can’t go back and fix anything."
"Whatever happens, happens. If you fail, you just get up and try again.”
On gaining 25 pounds after the 2008 Olympics: “At that point, I just didn’t have anything. It was weird going from the highest of the high, the biggest point of your life - winning eight gold medals - and then saying, ‘All right, where do I go from here?’"
"I wasn’t motivated. I did nothing, literally nothing, for a long time."
"I gained 25 pounds. A friend of mine and I were playing football on the beach in Miami, and somebody got a picture of us and put it all over the place. And he was like, “Bro, you gotta start working out, man. You are fat.”
On the infamous bong photo: “It was a learning experience. I’m the kind of person who has to go through the learning experiences myself."
"Somebody could tell me, 'If you eat this much you’ll be fat,' and I’d be like, ‘Yeah, okay, let me try it.’ I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve made thousands of mistakes, but I’ve never made the same mistake twice.”