Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

THE STARTING LINE [Derived Headline]

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

THE STARTING LINE [Derived Headline]

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THE OLD MAN: How long has Michael Phelps been around? The numbers tell a story. These are his fifth Olympics. He has won more medals (22) and more gold medals (18) than any other Olympian/ But the stories tell another number (31, his age). The stories? He is so old that a then-unknown Katie Ledecky once asked him for his autograph. And he's been around so long , that another teammate -- Olivia Smoliga -- once had his poster on her wall. The aged Phelps hits the water for the fist time Monday in the 200-meter butterfly.

THE BOATEL: If you thought Team USA's men's basketball win vs. China Saturday was easy (119-62), it's nothing compared to the accommodations the men's and women's teams are sharing in Rio. Home is the cruise ship Silver Cloud. Or, as Diana Taurasi called it, "The boatel. …

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