Michael Phelps back in the water – in a Louis Vuitton ad

Published On August 13, 2012 | By Arielle Aronson

Michael Phelps announced he would retire after the 2012 Olympic Games, and with the Closing Ceremony Sunday, Phelps fans might have worried that they had seen that last of him for a long time.

Don’t fret. Phelps will remain in the public eye for at least the near future. The hunky swimming star is apparently now working for Louis Vuitton, as a shot of Phelps sitting in a tub in his Speedo with a Louis Vuitton bag next to the bath is making its rounds on the Internet Monday.

Phelps will also star in the Golf Channel’s “The Haney Project”, which will show Phelps working with Hank Haney, Tiger Woods‘ former coach, on improving the swimmer’s golf game.

“As I enter this next chapter of my life, I think I will be able to shift my competitiveness to anything I put my mind to and golf is one of the things I want to focus on,” Phelps said in a statement. “If I have a goal of dropping a certain amount of shots, or working on my short game or putting, those things are going to keep me motivated and fire me up and keep me excited. I want to play all the world’s great golf courses, but I’d like to play them well. I’m excited about this project with Golf Channel and I’m looking forward to working with Hank and see what we can do together on the golf course.”

We’re sure, given Phelps’ competitive nature, he’ll be a golf pro in no time.

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Arielle Aronson is a sports writer and recent graduate from Boston University, where she earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Print Journalism Magna Cum Laude. Arielle has a passion for sports cultivated from growing up with two older brothers. She also enjoys playing the piano, reading and traveling.