Phelps Agrees: 'Everybody Pees in the Pool'
Chorus of top swimmers admit mid-stroke urination
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Aug 6, 2012 1:40 PM CDT
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(Newser) – When you've gotta go, you've gotta go—even if you're an Olympian. Ryan Lochte recently 'fessed up to peeing in the pool, and now Michael Phelps has his back. "I think everybody pees in the pool," says the greatest Olympic competitor of all time. "It’s kind of a normal thing to do for swimmers. When we’re in the water for two hours, we don’t really get out to pee," he tells the Wall Street Journal. "Chlorine kills it so it’s not bad."

His views are confirmed by Carly Geehr, a former member of the US national swim team. "Nearly 100% of elite competitive swimmers pee in the pool. Regularly. Some deny it, some proudly embrace it, but everyone does," she writes at Slate. "As a swimmer, you just have to accept that you're swimming in pee." Click through to read the rest of her amusing account.

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Aug 6, 2012 11:32 PM CDT
Urine is sterile when voided. Every molecule of water in your body has been urine at some point in its existence. When someone pees in a pool the amount of urine compared to the amount of water means the urine is diluted to the point of disappearing in seconds. Whatever.
Aug 6, 2012 10:27 PM CDT
and that is exactly why i refuse to compete in these amateur events
Aug 6, 2012 9:46 PM CDT
Hell, my wife jumps in my shit when I piss in the shower.