Stateside itinerary is almost as frantic as his Olympic swimming schedule. He
shot a cameo for Entourage (right, with Kevin Connolly) last Thursday, and he
was set to join 150 other Olympians (including Kobe Bryant and Lisa Leslie) on
Wednesday in Chicago for
. Then it's off to New York City to serve as a
presenter at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, followed by a gig as host of
the Sept. 13 season premiere of
Saturday Night Live
. He'll need to find time to
write. He signed a book deal with Simon and Schuster worth a reported $1.6
million. Titled Built to Succeed, the book is due out by Christmas. Phelps
might face some literary competition from his mom: Publishers are said to be
showing an interest in Debbie Phelps as well.
Here is how some
other stars of the Games have fared.
While Phelps will push
Frosted Flakes, the women's gymnastics all-around champ will appear on Wheaties
boxes this month (as will decathlon champ Bryan Clay). Liukin is also
reportedly in line to hit the big screen—or at least hit the direct-to-DVD
bin—in the comedy Chalk It Up. Even if no one sees the movie (it stars Mario
Cantone), Liukin will still get plenty of visibility: She's on a Times Square
billboard for Vanilla Sky Jeans.
In addition to shopping a book, the two-time beach volleyball gold medalist has
signed on as a contestant on ABC's
Dancing with the Stars.
41-year-old signed a $3 million, two-book deal—one a memoir, the other a health
and fitness guide
Coach K's next book will tell the story of how the scrappy Redeem Team won
world's fastest man hasn't even been back home to Jamaica yet. "Track and
field is my job," he said last week from Zurich, where he won the 100
meters—and $16,000—at the Golden League meet.
16-year-old gymnast can't vote in a presidential election until 2012, but
Johnson (right, with Al Gore) gave Barack Obama her endorsement anyway when she
led the Democratic National Convention in the Pledge of Allegiance last
The former Auburn swimmer, who won all four of Zimbabwe's medals in Beijing,
was given a briefcase filled with $100,000 by president Robert Mugabe on live
television. Her prize was in U.S. dollars, which is a good thing: Inflation in
Zimbabwe is running at 11,000%, rendering local currency all but useless.