Official photo no favor to Phelps

Updated: 26 July 2012 01:17 IST

Michael Phelps wasn't going for the mug-shot look when he posed for his official Olympic photo, but even superstars can get stuck with cringe-worthy ID pictures.

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Michael Phelps wasn't going for the mug-shot look when he posed for his official Olympic photo, but even superstars can get stuck with cringe-worthy ID pictures.

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Phelps's tousle-headed look, complete with scraggy beard, rumpled clothing and an almost-menacing glare, prompted comparisons to a police booking photo.

"It seems honored Olympic stars and criminals have one thing in common," wrote Bleacher Report. "(H)orrible head shots."

Phelps said the scowl was simple -- new rules forbid ID pictures with smiles that show the subject's teeth.

"Not allowed to, that was the rule," Phelps said, who had to have a quick re-take.

"That was the picture they got after that, and I think I did actually just wake up from a nap, so that's why the hair is all over the place."

Phelps said he wasn't the only US swimmer saddled with such a sad shot.

"It's kind of funny," he said Wednesday as he fielded a bevy of questions about the picture, which has provoked plenty of comment on social media sites.

"A bunch of our credential pictures are, uh, not flattering."

Topics : Swimming Olympics 2012
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