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Michael Phelps: Hits from the Bong

Back in 2009, a photo of Michael Phelps ripping a bong at a party in Columbia, SC was all the rage. He's since gone through rehab for alcohol abuse after his second DUI in 2014, so it's probably fair to say Phelps has put the bong down, at least until his swimming career is over.

Phelps has won a total of 25 Olympic medals – 21 of them gold – since 2004. At the current Rio Olympics he's earned three gold medals so far in the following events:

• men's 4x200m freestyle relay

• men's 4x100m freestyle relay

• men's 200m butterfly

He has three events to go:

• men's 200m individual

• men's 100m butterfly

• men's 4x100 medley relay

Pretty good for a "former stoner."

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Steve Bloom

Steve Bloom

Publisher of, former editor of High Times and Freedom Leaf and co-author of Pot Culture and Reefer Movie Madness.