Famed swimmer Michael Phelps has already found a new gig for himself after retiring with 22 Olympic medals, and it’s doing something for money that most retired athletes choose to just do for fun — playing golf. Specifically, he is going to be following up the likes of Maroon 5’s Adam Levine and baskeball star Charles Barkley on The Golf Channel’s series “The Haney Project” — which features former Tiger Woods coach Hank Haney trying to teach celebrities how to improve their golf game over the course of a full season.
In a statement, here is what Phelps had to say about the opportunity to take part in this show:
“As I enter this next chapter of my life, I think I will be able to shift my competitiveness to anything I put my mind to … And golf is one of the things I want to focus on. … I want to play all the world’s great golf courses, but I’d like to play them well.”
The moment that he announced his retirement following his final gold-medal win at the Olympics, it was pretty much a given that Phelps was going to be a hot commodity in the TV world. Sports channels across the country are going to do what they can to convince him to join their teams for the upcoming 2016 games in Rio de Janeiro, and we already know that both he and fellow Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte are in consideration to be on the spring season of “Dancing with the Stars.” (Casting is already completed for the fall season of the show, which is going to feature All-Stars from years past.)
Do you think this is a good gig for Michael to familiarize himself with the TV world — especially since he is still taking part in a sport? We want to hear from you below! to check out some more about Phelps potentially joining the ballroom competition, be sure and follow the link here.
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