I'm glad Beth Riggs is excited about Lance Armstrong's sixth Tour de France victory (Letters, Aug. 23), but allow me to justify Michael Phelps's sharing the Aug. 2 cover with Armstrong. Riggs asks, "What does a guy have to do [to get on the cover?]" Well, here's what Phelps had done to that point in his relatively short career: set 11 world records, including five at the 2003 world championships, and won 20 U.S. national titles. If that doesn't justify an SI cover appearance, I would like to hear Riggs answer her own question.
Davis Mello, Nashville