LONDON – It started as a murmur and slowly grew into a room full of laughter. Even the man behind the comments, American swimmer Michael Phelps, had to chuckle at his comments.
In a packed press conference room at the main press centre here on Thursday afternoon, Phelps was relaxed and at ease talking about his pursuit of adding to his 14 Olympic gold medals. When he was asked about the Australian relay team’s contention that they didn’t fear Phelps and his American teammates, Phelps responded with this:
“We take care of our own business,” Phelps said, looking all serious. “If you get caught up in other people’s talking, and this and that, it just takes away from what we’re here to do.
“We’re here to swim and that’s it. We’re not gonna run our mouths. We never have. Our country has never done that.”
And then the laughter started, Phelps included.