Michael Phelps rolled through town—and perhaps around with Miss California, Nicole Johnson—the weekend of June 18-20. The Olympian appears to have learned from his mistakes: Instead of getting handsy with a cocktail waitress when he got here, he flew in a beauty queen to get frisky with, instead.
This is the kind of maturity that comes with age—and Phelps turns 25 on June 30. Embarking upon a pre-bday party of sorts, he started at Lavo on Friday, where he crossed paths with fellow sports legend, Wayne Gretzky. Despite Phelps having 14 Olympic medals and Gretzky being the NHL all-time leader in goals, assists and points, the two were on the outside looking in when it came to the restaurant’s private dining room. (Apparently the A- and B-listers inside—Jamie Foxx, Paris and Nicky Hilton and Stacy Keibler—wanted to keep their dinner party jock-free.)
Unsurprisingly, Phelps spent much of the next day at the pool. Unfortunately for him, Tao Beach’s pool is nowhere near Olympic size, so he couldn’t challenge the other frat boys to a 200-meter freestyle. Actor Christopher Mintz-Plasse (“McLovin” from Superbad) was also there, celebrating his 21st birthday. He and Phelps crossed paths again later that night, and Phelps took the liberty of showing the newly legal McLovin how to shoot Patron in style: in the booth with DJ Vice.