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July 31st, 2012
11:23 AM ET

Clips from Last Night: Michael Phelps on learning from his mistakes and being "properly in love"

On Monday night, Piers Morgan sat down with swimmer Michael Phelps on the eve of the race that could be Phelp's 18th medal win, making him the most decorated Olympian in history. During the in-depth and very candid interview, Phelps opened up about learning from his mistakes, in particular the infamous photograph of him smoking marijuana soon after his star-making performance at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. "With every mistake that you make, you obviously have to pay for the consequences that come your way," said Phelps.

"I was very disappointed in the decision that I made [to smoke marijuana]," Phelps admitted but added, "I'll make a million mistakes in my life but for as long as I never make the same mistake again, then I've be able to learn and grow."

Later in the program, Phelps was clearly prepared for Morgan's signature question "Have you been properly in love?" when he responded in jest, "With what?"

The Olympic champion then comfortably revealed that he has been properly in love twice and when asked which is worst, having his heart broken or losing a race, Phelps answered simply, "I think they're both learning experiences."

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  1. Khadijah Aleem

    How could you say that smoking pot was not a "big deal." It is a big deal and do not think just because he is an Olympian he should get special treatment. He should suffer the consequences like everyone else does and you (Piers Morgan) should not take up for his actions.

    August 1, 2012 at 2:02 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • pettiblay

      What consequences? What's supposed to happen to me if I smoke pot, a SWAT team will raid my house and throw me in jail?

      If he'd been caught dealing there would be consequences, but smoking pot in the privacy of your home with friends isn't enough to get arrested or kicked out of the Olympics.

      August 2, 2012 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Brian Hartman

        If you get caught with marijuana, you can get arrested for possession. That includes if your'e smoking said marijuana at the time.

        August 2, 2012 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • CAG

      It wasn't that big a deal. It was made into a huge deal. You can't get arrested for a photo. If everyone was arrested that tried grass over half the population would be in jail. NO ONE DIED!

      October 1, 2012 at 8:45 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. NOBAMA2012

    Eat at Chick-fil-a.

    PAID FOR BY THE RE-ELECT AN IDIOT (obama your welfare momma) CAMPAIGN

    August 3, 2012 at 7:06 pm | Report abuse | Reply

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