U.S. Swimmer Michael Phelps Swims With Kids in Brazilian Slum
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U.S. swimmer Michael Phelps splashed it up with some excited kids Monday (March 11) in Rio de Janeiro's largest urbanized slum neighbourhood, the Rocinha favela. Phelps, who retired from swimming as the most decorated Olympian of all time after winning a record 22 medals including 18 gold, was in Rio for the 2013 Laureus World Sports Awards in which he is nominated for the Sportsman of the Year Award.

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SHOWS: RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL (MARCH 11, 2013) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1. VARIOUS OF THE ROCINHA SHANTY TOWN, RIO DE JANEIRO'S LARGEST FAVELA 2. U.S. SWIMMER WITH RECORD 18 OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALS, MICHAEL PHELPS, SHAKING HANDS WITH PEOPLE AT THE ROCINHA SPORT COMPLEX 3. CLOSE-UP OF PHELPS 4. PHELPS HELPING YOUNG GIRLS PUT ON THEIR SWIM CAPS 5. PHELPS JUMPING INTO POOL 6. VARIOUS OF PHELPS DOING LAPS IN THE POOL 7. CAMERAS 8. KIDS IN THE POOL 9. PHELPS STANDING ON THE POOL EDGE WITH KIDS 10. PHELPS AND A YOUNG SWIMMER JUMPING IN TOGETHER TO RACE 11. VARIOUS OF PHELPS AWARDING MEDALS TO YOUNG SWIMMERS 12. (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. SWIMMER WITH RECORD 18 OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALS, MICHAEL PHELPS, SAYING: "I didn't give up until I accomplished that. You know it's, being able to come, you know these kids have the opportunity to come to these centres and interact with other children and have fun and put smiles and their faces and I think that is something that is very important. That everybody has a goal that they want to accomplish, and they should go for it." 13. VARIOUS OF PHELPS POSING FOR PICTURE WITH CHILDREN FROM THE CENTRE STORY: U.S. swimmer Michael Phelps splashed it up with some excited kids Monday (March 11) in Rio de Janeiro's largest urbanized slum neighbourhood, the Rocinha favela. Phelps, who retired from swimming as the most decorated Olympian of all time after winning a record 22 medals including 18 gold, was in Rio for the 2013 Laureus World Sports Awards in which he is nominated for the Sportsman of the Year Award. But the high profile event did not keep the retired swimmer out of the pool as Phelps led a swim lesson at the favela's Rocinha Sports Complex. The record holding swimmer said that a young age he dreamt of breaking new ground as a swimmer and that sports centres like this one can help kids do the same one day. "I didn't give up until I accomplished that. You know it's, being able to come, you know these kids have the opportunity to come to these centres and interact with other children and have fun and put smiles and their faces and I think that is something that is very important. That everybody has a goal that they want to accomplish, and they should go for it," Phelps said. Other athletes up for the Sportsman of the Year award include Argentine soccer star Lionel Messi who plays for Barcelona; Jamaican track star, Usain Bolt; Germany's Formula One speedster, Sebastian Vettel among others. The Laureus World Sports Awards, to be held in Rio later Monday evening, also recognize a Sportswoman of the Year, and has honours for breakthrough, comeback, action, disabled athletes, and team awards.