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Old 08-17-2012, 08:23 PM   #1
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Michael Phelps could be in hot water -- not the cold bathtub he appears to be in -- for his recent photo shoot with the French luxury fashion house Louis Vuitton.
Photos of Phelps taken by famed photographer Annie Leibovitz were leaked on the Internet late last week, violating the International Olympic Committee's controversial Rule 40, which states athletes can't promote any non-Olympic sponsors from July 18 to Aug. 15.
Punishments for the rule range from fines to a stripping of medals.
The campaign was set to begin on Aug. 16 in order to comply with the IOC's campaign against ambush marketing. Someone jumped the gun and the photos appeared on a wide variety of websites starting on the second Tuesday of the Olympics.
Louis Vuitton denies releasing the photographs, as does Phelps' camp.
Rule 40 states "a competitor or a team may lose the benefit of any ranking obtained in relation to other events at the Olympic Games at which he or it was disqualified or excluded; in such case the medals and diplomas won by him or it shall be returned to the IOC." In other words, Phelps could theoretically be stripped of his medals from London.
The odds of the that happening are about the same as the swimmer winning six gold medals in women's gymnastics at the Rio 2016 Games. Unless there's a vast conspiracy involving the maker of high-end trunks and the world's greatest swimmer, it seems safe to assume that these photos were leaked by a rogue individual. Pictures that aren't meant for public consumption get leaked all the time. Michael Phelps can attest to that fact.



Then again, one of the leaked ad photos was with former Russian gymnast Larisa Latynina, the woman whose record for most Olympic medals Phelps broke in London. If we were still in Cold War mode, it'd be a legitimate possibility that she leaked them as part of a wide-ranging conspiracy to get back her record.

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Old 08-17-2012, 08:28 PM   #2
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Phelps can just say it's a fake Louis Vuitton he got when he was in Beijing.
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Old 08-17-2012, 08:30 PM   #3
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America better prepare to drop some nukes if they even bring up the idea of taking away medals from Phelps for this.
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Old 08-17-2012, 09:26 PM   #4
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More like "lukewarm water.". Or maybe just tepid. Much ado por nada IMO.
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Old 08-17-2012, 09:57 PM   #5
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Default Re: Michael Phelps in Hot Water

How is he going to get his medals stripped?

The rule says he cannot promote a sponsor between july and august

So a photo leaked. It doesn't mean he's promoting it. There are 10 other months in which he can actually promote the sponsors.

The rule also doesn't say he cannot take pictures during these two months either...

OH NO. we better strip lebron of his gold medal because I saw an ad of him during the london games.
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Old 08-17-2012, 10:05 PM   #6
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Why isn't the gymnastics team in trouble for this then?

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Why isn't the gymnastics team in trouble for this then?


Probably because they are official Olympic sponsors.
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Old 08-17-2012, 10:22 PM   #8
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Why isn't the gymnastics team in trouble for this then?


What date was it released? If it was after 08/15, they're straight.

Also, maybe Kellogg's sponsored a bit. Might not have been major enough for us to notice, but I'm sure they sponsored something in the Olympics.
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Old 08-18-2012, 12:10 AM   #9
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^ Considering they have the Olympic rings on the box which have a copyright on them, I'm pretty sure they are a sponsor that had approval.
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Old 08-18-2012, 12:13 AM   #10
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i dont understand how advertising works sometimes, why is phelps in louis vutton again? is that suppose to make people buy it?
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Not exactly his fault the pics got leaked. Everything was above board until then, so if anything happens, it would be disappointing.
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Old 08-18-2012, 06:45 AM   #12
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I don't get why people like LV bags so much. Personally I find them really ugly.
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Old 08-18-2012, 11:33 AM   #13
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The Olympics: Determining the greatest athletes in the world...unless they happen to have the wrong sponsors.
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