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County Will Celebrate Michael Phelps...Eventually

The only plan the county has set is to update the Towson native's monument at Olympian Park.

Baltimore County plans to honor the world's most decorated —at some point.

"We have to wait our turn," said Marjorie Hampson, a county spokeswoman. "When he gets back, he'll be all over the national circuit."

Hampson said the county has been in communications with Phelps' public relations firm but it's still unknown when the Rodgers Forge native—who recently for most career Olympic medals—will be available.

"We might not even get him until November," Hampson said with a laugh.

She said the county does intend to update Phelps' monument at Olympian Park in Towson, but added that no solid celebration plans are yet in place. Hampson did confirm that there will not be a parade—as there was following the 2008 Olympics—in the swimmer's honor.

"There aren't any dates, any times, any places," Hampson said.

LCA August 04, 2012 at 07:50 PM
lets also remember that about a third of his medals were won as part of a team, without the others he has no medal...not denying his talent, but he didn't do it all by himself...
Honeygo Hal August 04, 2012 at 08:04 PM
Just like the POTUS said - You Didn't Build That. Yes it was a team event, and in many of those races Phelps took the anchor position or had the fastest time of the leg he raced - so the others might not have had their medals without Phelps...
NCollins August 04, 2012 at 09:27 PM
People, I don't recall hearing Michael Phelps or his mother asking for a parade. Or demanding one. I think criticizing him for not saving lives is unfair too. He's a swimmer, and clearly an exceptionally good one. I'm proud to be from a country and a community that has such a positive example of what is possible if one puts out the effort. I think Michael Phelps would be happy just to be congratulated on his accomplishment so here goes.....congratulations!
Evets August 04, 2012 at 11:56 PM
NCollins - Now that is really hitting below hte belt. You have posted a fair and reasonable comment on this issue of honoring Mr. Phelps and family. How am I supposed to respond to that? Good job...
Steven Jacobson August 05, 2012 at 10:24 PM
Phelps received a DUI in 2004 for which he should have received some jail time but got off with probation. There was also the incident in 2009 with the pot pipe. Despite these brushes with the law former County Executive Jim Smith awarded Phelps with the Key To The County. Phelps is a poor role model for our young people. Current County Executive Kevin Kamenetz should take back Phelps Key To The County.

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