FILE - In this Aug. 4, 2012, file photo, Michael Phelps, of the United States, throws flowers to his mother Debbie after winning gold in the men's 4x100-meter medley swimming relay at the Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Phelps has added another triumph to his list of accomplishments: The Associated Press male athlete of the year, Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012.(AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

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FILE - In this Aug. 4, 2012, file photo, Michael Phelps, of the United States, throws flowers to his mother Debbie after winning gold in the men's 4x100-meter medley swimming relay at the Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Phelps has added another triumph to his list of accomplishments: The Associated Press male athlete of the year, Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012.(AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)
FILE - In this Aug. 4, 2012, file photo, Michael Phelps, of the United States, throws flowers to his mother Debbie after winning gold in the men's 4x100-meter medley swimming relay at the Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Phelps has added another triumph to his list of accomplishments: The Associated Press male athlete of the year, Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012.(AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)
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