Michael Phelps

Autistic swimmer looks a lot like his idol, Michael Phelps

Autistic swimmer looks a lot like his idol, Michael Phelps

Austin Levingston is a big fan of U.S. swimmer Michael Phelps. And who wouldn't be? The Baltimore native's 28 medals make him the most decorated Olympian in history. 

But Levingston stands out among Phelp's fans for his remarkable story, as told in a simple comment on the swimmer's Facebook page

Hello Micheal, my name is Austin and I am autistic. I know you may not care to read this but you are one of my biggest idols and I've been following you for a very long time. Right now, I am currently going to college and hoping to become the first person in my whole family to get a degree. I am also a swim competitor just like you and I'm hoping to swim in the Olympics just like you someday. I also wanted to show you this thing I made which is a couple of pictures of you and me split up side by side. If you look very closely, you can almost tell that we are a bit simular to each other!! You will never understand how many people come up to me and mention how I look simular to you!!! Anyway, have a good day man!! Congrats to you on making big history!!

Posted by Austin Levingston on Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Levingston received overwhelmingly positive responses. He told The Baltimore Sun that he never expected the likes, comments and friend requests -- the attention in general -- coming his way. 

Swimming, he said, changed his life for the better. The 21-year-old Kansan now hopes to pursue the sport in college as he moves from Barton County Community College to Tabor College. He even dreams of the Olympics one day. 

And for the record, Levingston wants Phelps to come out of retirement for the 2020 Games, especially for the chance to race the legend himself. 

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Michael Phelps visits 'Tonight Show;' Discusses the Phelps Face and being bad at Egg Russian Roulette

Michael Phelps visits 'Tonight Show;' Discusses the Phelps Face and being bad at Egg Russian Roulette

Baltimore native and swimming icon Michael Phelps is the most decorated Olympian in the history of athletics.

When it comes to the pool, there is not a human being past or present that can hold a candle to the 31-year-old. And following the 23-time Olympic gold medalists' viral "#PhelpsFace" photo from the Rio Games, he has cemented his place in meme history.

Phelps visited Jimmy Fallon on "The Tonight Show" on Thursday and spent most of the time discussing the now famous face.

"I always know there's two cameras in the upper right hand corner right before we walk out," Phelps detailed. "And, I'm sitting there spitting water, like 'Man, what is going on?' And as I'm making a face I was like, 'Yep, that's on camera.'"

"I can't even do this interview," Fallon joked. "I'm so freaked out about this dude behind me cause not only is he gonna beat me swimming, he's gonna murder me as well."

But no late night visit with Fallon would be complete without competition in some sort of zany activity. Phelps was challenged to a game of "Egg Russian Roulette" and it's safe to say he won't be earning any late night gold medals any time soon.

But who knows.

By the time the 2020 Summer Olympics roll around, Phelps may decide to give it another go and with the way the International Olympic Committee chooses new sports, "Egg Russian Roulette" might be an official event by then. 



Michael Phelps receives first-ever lifetime achievement Wheaties box

Michael Phelps receives first-ever lifetime achievement Wheaties box

Wheaties will put Michael Phelps on its iconic box once again, but this time the cereal will create a first-ever "Lifetime Achievement" box just for Phelps. 

Here's a look at the image.

The honor was announced Monday morning on the TODAY show. The 23-time Olympic gold medalist brought his son Boomer along for the occasion. 

Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time, also spoke about USA Swimming teammate Ryan Lochte, whose alleged robbery scandal dominated coverage of the second week of the Rio Olympics. 

"It’s always hard to see a friend and competitor go through a hard time like this. I know what it feels like and I’ve been through it before," Phelps said.

"Hopefully, he can come out of this a better person. I’ve reached out to him a couple of times. I think he understands a lot and he will be able to grow from this."

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