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Michael Phelps' sexy new Louis Vuitton ads may land the swimmer in some hot water, due to IOC regulations about promoting non-Olympic sponsors.

Photos of Phelps taken by Annie Leibovitz were leaked online late last week, violating the International Olympic Committee's controversial Rule 40.

This provision bars athletes from promoting non-Olympic sponsors from July 18 through August 15. The Michael Phelps Louis Vuitton pic leaked August 13.

Michael Phelps For Louis Vuitton

Michael Phelps with Larisa Latynina, the previous record holder.

Punishments for the rule range from fines to a stripping of medals ... but is there any chance that Phelps could actually lose his record medal haul?

Highly doubtful. If it's unclear who leaked the photos, it's very tough to make a case that Phelps should be punished for the Louis Vuitton campaign.

A campaign that was supposed to begin August 16, in compliance with the rule.

Pictures not meant for public consumption get leaked all the time ... as Phelps knows all too well after the embarrassing ones of him smoking pot.

Louis Vuitton denied releasing the photographs, as did Phelps' camp. That should be enough for the Olympic legend to avoid any ramifications.

Even the hardass IOC wouldn't mess with the greatest ever, right? We'd hope so anyway. The guy has 22 medals! And Megan Rossee! Bow down.

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The London Olympics are almost over, but will we see swimming studs Ryan Lochte and Michael Phelps square off on Dancing With the Stars next?

A newly-retired Phelps said earlier in the week that he wouldn't rule out following in the footsteps of Olympians who have gone on the ABC show.

He'd probably do well, but if it's up to his teammate and friendly rival Lochte, he'd best prepare himself for some stiff competition on the parquet.

Michael Phelps, Ryan Lochte

"Since I'm so used to competing against Michael Phelps, I'd go on [Dancing with the Stars] with him," said Lochte, who won five medals in 2012.

"I could do Dancing with the Stars! Yeah, I think so."

No doubt Ryan Lochte's sister and mom in the audience cheering him on alongside Michael Phelps' mom in what would be a rematch for the ages.

Or at least reality TV. Who'd you rather see on DWTS?

 

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Michael Phelps stepped out with Megan Rossee on his arm last night in London.

The newly-retired Olympic swimming legend, whose work in these games (and all future games) is done, made his red carpet debut with his very pretty, newly-revealed girlfriend Monday at an event for Speedo, one of Phelps' primary sponsors.

Here's Michael with Megan Rossee at the event ...

  • Megan Rossee, Michael Phelps
  • Michael Phelps, Megan Rossee

They didn't do much press, but Michael Phelps' girlfriend did say she's doing well so far handling the torrent of publicity after being identified.

The 27-year-old has been linked to seemingly endless women in recent years, but has probably dated none of them seriously. Training and all.

Now that he's won a record 22 Olympic medals and called it a career, perhaps that will change. Last night's public debut certainly suggests it.

"Megan and Michael have been taking things slow leading up to the Olympics, but they are excited to spend more time together," says a source.

"Megan is a beautiful person, inside and out."

They've supposedly been together five months, so it sounds like Phelps and Rossee are smitten! Here's hoping they enjoy their planned post-Olympic vacation.

[Photos: Pacific Coast News, Fame/Flynet]

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Michael Phelps' girlfriend Megan Rossee gives him even more reasons to smile than 22 Olympic medals. Well, close to it anyway, if they're actually dating.

Following his record-setting run at the 2012 London Summer Olympic Games, Michael Phelps was spotted out celebrating with a “mystery blonde.”

Thanks to Hollyscoop, we know that lady's name, and what she looks like!

Here's Phelps with Megan Rossee, a 25-year-old model and L.A. resident:

Michael Phelps, Girlfriend Megan Rossee

"She and Phelps began dating in January (of this year) and things started to heat up just prior to the Olympics in London," says the source.

Hilariously, Megan was in a love triangle with Phelps and Lauren Conrad's ex!

"At the time when they began dating, [The Hills'] Doug Reinhardt was crushing on her too, but she chose to be with Michael instead."

According to the celebrity gossip site, Phelps was smitten from the start:

"Michael knew that he had to leave for the Olympics and not wanting to give up on their relationship, he flew Megan out to the trials in Omaha, then to London for The Games."

A candid photo of Michael Phelps, girlfriend and medals in hand, shows him celebrating in London and beaming for the camera. Aww.

“Yay Michael” Megan’s caption reads.

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Missy Franklin and Michael Phelps, two U.S. standouts from the first week of the London Olympics, each leaped back in to the pool this afternoon in hopes of adding to their already-impressive medal count.

Did they succeed? NBC will air the races tonight, so stop reading now if you wish to be surprised on television...

  • Missy Franklin Picture
  • Michael Phelps at the Olympics

YES! Both Franklin and Phelps took home even more Gold, leaving competitors far behind and leaving an even more indelible mark on these Games.

Franklin actually set a world record in the 200 meter backstroke, touching the wall in 2 minutes 4.06 seconds, a full second ahead ofRussia's Anastasia Zueva. The winning medal is Franklin's third Gold and fourth overall.

And she's only 17, people!

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After teaming up for a pair of medal-winning relay swims this week, Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte squared off today in the 200-meter individual medley final.

The Americans were co-favorites, with Phelps having owned the event in the last two Olympics, but Lochte annihilating the field in the 400-meter IM this year.

Not surprisingly, one took gold and one silver today ... but who won?

  • Ryan Lochte Swimming
  • Michael Phelps Swimming

Michael Phelps! The most-decorated Olympian ever took home the gold in 1:54.27, just 0.27 off the world record and 0.04 off the Olympic record.

Ryan Lochte won the silver medal, 0.63 back.

Hungary's Laszlo Cseh fell away through three legs but earned the bronze. Brazil's Thiago Pereira was actually second after the breaststroke leg.

The medal was Phelps' 16th gold and record 20th overall, while Lochte reached double digits in career medals, earning #10 with the silver.

He probably won't hear from President Obama this time, but Michael Phelps' mom was definitely psyched as he continues to cement his legacy

Way to go, both of you guys! U-S-A! U-S-A!

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You can't blame Michael Phelps' mom Debbie for thinking he had this one.

The best swimmer ever held a half body-length lead in the final 15 meters of Tuesday's 200-meter butterfly, a race he hadn't lost in a major competition since 2001, when he obliterated the world record he still holds.

Even down to the final milliseconds, Phelps appeared to have the edge over South Africa's Chad le Clos, but the latter timed his "touch" of the wall perfectly to stun Michael - and Debbie, who momentarily celebrated.

Watch her reaction as she learns her boy won silver, not gold ...

Everyone watching at the London Aquatic Center and at home on TV did pretty much the same thing, of course, just without TV cameras on us.

Supportive parent that she is, Debbie Phelps clapped for Michael's silver anyway, despite her shock and disappointment. It was a nice moment.

One he somewhat made up for later in the day as well.

Despite being a bit off his otherworldly pace from 2008, Phelps broke the all-time Olympic medal record by helping the U.S. score another relay victory.

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It's a good day to be an American.

Within hours of the U.S. Gymnastics Team taking home the Gold Medal by a very wide margin, Michael Phelps set the record for most times on the Olympic podium.

Michael Phelps in the Pool

The iconic athlete teamed with Ryan Lochte, Ricky Berens, and Conor Dwyer to take first place in the 4x200m Freestyle Relay this afternoon, giving Phelps 19 total medals over three Olympics, the most of any athlete in the history of the Games.

In addition to the all-time Olympic medal record, Phelps holds the mark for most Gold Olympic medals (15) and the record for most Golds in individual events (9).

We send Phelps our hearty congratulations and we say: USA! USA!

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Well, this is no fun.

Billed as the biggest individual rivalry at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte are being all... classy with each other. Don't they know this is a competition?!?

Lochte Wins

Not long after Lochte won the Gold Medal in the 400 IM today, Phelps - who did not finish in the top three in that event for the first time since 2000 - sent a congratulatory Tweet to his countryman, writing:

Congrats to @ryanlochte ... Way to keep that title in the country where it belongs!!

The winner then replied: Thanks @MichaelPhelps I couldn't do it with out you. #USA

Phelps has six more events in front of him and needs two medals to set the all-time Olympic mark. But this race belonged to his rival.

“This is my year,” Lochte said after earning Gold. “I know it and I feel it, because I’ve put in hard work. I’ve trained my butt off for four years … and there’s no better way to start this Olympics off than getting gold.”

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