Phelps narrowly earns $1M pool haul

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August 17, 2008|By Kevin Van Valkenburg

The Sun's Olympic correspondents, Rick Maese and Kevin Van Valkenburg, are blogging to each other at baltimoresun.com/olympicsblog . An excerpt:

To Rick, et al.

Subject: Straight cash, homies!

No, Dr. Evil doesn't run Speedo, but the company did just send out a news release confirming Michael Phelps had earned the long-discussed $1 million bonus for matching Mark Spitz's record of seven gold medals. Can you imagine what it's like to earn $1 million in a single moment by a margin so small you might not have earned it had you forgotten to shave your neck? Sure, it's a cumulative award, but if Phelps was going to earn all that coin, he couldn't have done it in a more dramatic way.

Side note: When Phelps and I had lunch in Ann Arbor, Mich., several months ago at Maize N Blue deli, one of his favorite eateries, I picked up the check, which is custom for journalists to do with interview subjects.

If we end up doing it again when Phelps moves back to Baltimore, I might let him get it this time.

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