Phelps' Bond With Dad Hardly Golden

Pop a Beijing no-show; Mike's also getting no love from Beard
By Elizabeth Wolff,  Newser User
Posted Aug 20, 2008 3:01 PM CDT
"Eww, that's nasty," US swimmer Amanda Beard told a Phoenix radio station when asked about a relationship with her golden teammate. "I have never, ever hooked up with Michael Phelps."   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Michael Phelps’ estranged dad, who’s had a peripheral role in the swimming sensation’s life since divorcing his mom when the boy was 9, has not contacted his son once during the Olympics, Fred Phelps tells the New York Post. "He's so busy, I'm sure not even his agent can get a hold of him," says Fred, who says he's watched his son "every night on TV."

Meanwhile, Amanda Beard is denying rumors of a relationship with her US swim teammate. “Eww, that's nasty. I have never, ever hooked up with Michael Phelps,” the onetime Playboy model told a radio station. “I have really good taste. He's really not my type.”