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Debbie Phelps, Michael’s Mom, on the Olympics, Heart Health and Challenging Her Son in the Pool

Written on February 10, 2012 at 9:41 am , by

Debbie and her medal-winning son, Michael. (Photo courtesy of The Heart Truth's Red Dress Collection Fashion Show 2012, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute)

There is one strong mom cheering from the stands when 16-time Olympic medalist Michael Phelps dives into the pool. Debbie Phelps was an athlete in her own right in high school and still enjoys keeping fit. And as a Subway Famous Fan, alongside her son, Debbie enjoys supplementing all that action with a healthy diet. “I love my milk, veggies and protein, but have to have a little bit of ice cream! It’s all about moderation,” Phelps says, with a laugh.

We caught up with the mom of three on Wednesday right before she walked in The Heart Truth’s Red Dress Collection Fashion Show in New York City to learn more about her first trip down the runway and whether she’d ever challenge her son to a lap race.

How does it feel to be a model?

Walking in a fashion show has been an item on my bucket list, but I never thought I’d have the opportunity. I feel elegant and sophisticated in the beautifully-beaded Adrianna Papell dress.

Do you ever exercise with Michael?

No way! As Michael’s mom, I feel that the safest place for me is not in the pool. I gravitate to the treadmill and StairMaster upstairs! I’m not afraid of the water but when I was growing up, the pool was a place for fun, not competition.

How are you and Michael feeling about the upcoming Olympic Games in London this summer?

It feels like we were just in Beijing! We’re so excited. It is bittersweet and emotional, though, that his goggles and Speedo will be hung up after the London Games. Michael has brought awareness to the sport and has shown such drive and dedication. We hope to take our grandchildren with us to watch.

Debbie Phelps walked the runway. This time, her son was doing the cheering! (Photo courtesy of The Heart Truth's Red Dress Collection Fashion Show 2012, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute)

If you could participate in any Olympic sport, which would you choose and why?

In high school, I was on the track and field team, so I’d go out there and run a fast 100 meters! My dad was an avid sports fan and built a bamboo stake high jump in our backyard.

You’re a new Subway Famous Fan. What’s your go-to order?

I love the selection, freshness and the fact that I can go into a Subway no matter where I am and find a perfect sandwich. For something light and reminiscent of a picnic, I go for the Orchard Chicken Salad on whole-wheat bread. And of course I grab Sun Chips at the end!

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  • http://ThreeRiver.net Neil Classen

    Please forward this msg to Debbie Phelps…

    Debbie, my name is Neil Classen. We’ve never been introduced nor ever met, however we do have a common bond. I married a girl from Maryland 32 years ago. Her name was Marge Barrick from Cumberland, MD. I believe she may have been a cheerleader teammate of yours at Frostburg State. Anyway, Marge tells me you and her were cheerleaders together and that you would never remember her.

    We live in the small town (Pop 275) Lynch, Nebraska about a 4 hour drive north of Omaha. We have raised three wonderful sons. Four years ago when the swimming trials were held in Omaha I and our sons tried to get Marge to go to Omaha and see if you would remember her from college and visit with you. If you ever knew a Marge Barrick in college then you would definitely remember this Marge Classen. She hasn’t changed a bit as far as being funny, full of life, and making people feel good.

    The real reason for me trying to contact you is….I assume once again you’ll be traveling to Omaha in a couple of weeks for the swim trials with your son. We (my sons & I) would like to have Marge attend Michael’s swim trials and see you. But we do not know what time he’ll be swimming. If we purchase tickets for the trials, we are scared Michael won’t be swimming at that time and Marge would miss you. Would you have any insite as to when Michael will be swimming? We would like to purchase a ticket so Marge and you could have a sort visit if you had any available time. We have a son who lives in Omaha, so we travel to Omaha quite frequently.

    If you ever get this msg, please respond. I also have a facebook account under “Neil Classen” from Lynch, NE. Or you could email me at neil@threeriver.net.

    Hoping this msg finds you and if so….I hope you & Marge could have some time together….
    Neil Classen

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