Michael Phelps has ensured he’ll never have to work again for the rest of his life.
His sponsorship endorsements after winning all those gold medals at the Beijing games have basically guaranteed him a life of luxury.
So what’s the big-eared dolphin looking to spend some of it on?
A James Bond car and a house with a big pool.
Phelps, the 23-year old bachelor of the year (who has already scored with the hottest Australian swimmer chick), recently doled out $1.7 million for his new home in Baltimore, which is hard to do in that area.
But his awesome new pad, located on the revamped Baltimore waterfront, will be fully equipped with a jacuzzi, rooftop terrace, private screening room, state-of-the-art gym, pool tables, and a full size pool, which he’ll probably use every once and a while.
The NY Daily News reports that Phelps has some connections to get a cool car too:
“My friend’s in the car business, so he’s going to help me,” Phelps said Wednesday before leaving Beijing.
“I’ve been looking at some Aston Martins and some Maseratis. It would be pretty sweet to get an old-school Aston Martin, some of the old-school [James] Bond ones. That would be sick.”
I think it would be cool to see Phelps hunched over in one of those tiny 1960s-style Aston Martins (Sean Connery pictured with the Aston Martin DB5 from 1963’s Goldfinger). Phelps wouldn’t be able to get his propeller feet on the gas pedal. A new Aston Martin 2008 would start at $300,000, but a mint condition ’64 DB5 would be easily worth millions, if Phelp’s ‘friend’ can find one.
Additionally, Page Six says Phelps is getting a new book deal that looks to get a lot more popular than his previous one:
Meanwhile, Simon & Schuster’s Free Press imprint has signed Phelps to write “Built To Succeed,” a behind-the-scenes look at the training regimen that led to his victorious performances. It’ll be out in December. Sources say Phelps got a $1 million advance in anticipation of its doing better than his 2005 tome, “Beneath the Surface,” which sold only 10,000 copies.
I can’t wait to read the deeper nuances of what Phelps eats for breakfast and lunch everyday. Even some competitive eaters are getting on the bandwagon and are trying to eat Phelps’ breakfast in less than his 400 meter time (video).
NY Daily News: Phelps Gets Luxe Baltimore Condo, August 22, 2008
Page Six: Phelps Sucks Face With Aussie, August 22, 2008