Phelps Pulls a Spitz on Sports Illustrated Cover

Swimmer mimics iconic shot of Olympian whose record he broke
By Rebecca Smith Hurd,  Newser User
Posted Aug 19, 2008 1:10 PM CDT
Michael Phelps celebrates his historic Olympic performance at the world's largest McDonald's restaurant on the Olympic Green in Beijing, China.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Michael Phelps now has "the picture" to match his record Olympic medal haul, the New York Daily News reports. Sports Illustrated features a grinning, medal-clad, bare-chested Phelps on the cover of its issue out tomorrow, a shot that mimics the mag's iconic 1972 photo of Mark Spitz. "This is about Michael going forward," said an editor. "This is an image that our readers and others will remember."