If you go to a public pool, there’s a pretty good chance at least a few people have peed in there. But if you happened to have the chance to swim in an Olympic pool, you’d imagine it’d be pretty crystal clean – but it turns out that’s not the case.
Michael Phelps spends an inordinate amount of time in pools, so there’s a good chance he knows a lot about what goes on in there. After all, you don’t win 21 gold medals without pretty much living in water.
On Tuesday, he won his 21st gold medal and his 25th medal overall over five Olympics. There’s also a good chance he’s peed in one or more of those Olympic pools.
That’s right, the most decorated Olympian of all time pees in the pool.
For some reason, this has only just come up now after Phelps mentioned it in a 2012 interview with the Wall Street Journal. But nevertheless, it’s pretty important information.
After the interviewer mentioned Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte, who had reportedly said he occasionally urinates in the pool, Phelps responded:
I think everybody pees in the pool…it’s kind of a normal thing to do for swimmers. When we’re in the water for two hours, we don’t really get out to pee.
But don’t worry, Phelps said: “Chlorine kills it, so it’s not bad.”
Is that what turned the Olympic pools green, then?
Well, no, that was down to an unauthorised dump of 80 litres of hydrogen peroxide – but a pool turning green from athletes peeing in it would have made a better story.