However, “because Phelps is worse” is lame.
Fair enough. I thought about this after I posted, and realized it was a bit of a digression. Besides, most people outside the sport don’t know about the ongoing mess that Phelps was for so many years. They just know about the three or four issues that got public.
Micheal Phelps learned very quickly the power of the fast mea culpa in America. That and LOTS of gold medals.
Right, and it was quietly reported that Ryan had sought Michael’s counsel within a few days after returning to the US, after which (a) Ryan hired a publicist, (b) took a very apologetic tone on DWTS, resulting in c) a new endorsement contract with TYR signed in January.
Ryan’s not going to be in the position of Phelps to win more golds, more than likely. But he extended his swimming shelf life to some extent for a few more years, and mitigated the damage from the event significantly.