Originally posted on Larry Brown Sports  |  Last updated 8/3/12

Michael Phelps may be the most popular athlete in the world right now, but that doesn’t mean he’s above acting like an excited fan when he receives tweets from celebrities.

Phelps, who added to his record Olympic medals total with a gold in the 200-meter individual medley on Thursday, spent a portion of his time the past few days responding to congratulatory tweets. Two in particular stood out to him.

The first came from rapper Lil Wayne, who goes by the Twitter handle @liltunechi:

Thanks bro!!! RT @liltunechi: High praises to my good friend Michael Phelps for becoming the greatest Olympian of all time.USA!!

— Michael Phelps (@MichaelPhelps) August 1, 2012

The second came from rapper Young Jeezy a day later:

Thanks man!! RT @youngjeezy: Congrats to the homie @michaelphelps! 19 Olympic medals…. #motivation #letsgetit

— Michael Phelps (@MichaelPhelps) August 2, 2012

Phelps has received countless congratulatory tweets, but he referenced those two specifically during an interview with NBC’s Andrea Kremer after he won gold in the 200m IM.

“I’ve been enjoying myself and, yes, I have been able to have some pretty cool things,” said Phelps. “I got a tweet from Lil Wayne. [Ryan Lochte and I] got tweets from Jeezy.”

Well what do you know? I guess Lil Wayne and Young Jeezy are for Phelps like what Justin Bieber is for Missy Franklin. And there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that.

Photo Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

This article first appeared on Larry Brown Sports and was syndicated with permission.

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