Fourth-Place Medal

Michael Phelps says ‘Call Me, Maybe’ video bonded the U.S. swim team

The USA swim team's version of "Call Me, Maybe" was a hit during the Olympics and has been viewed more than 10 million times on You Tube. It was even aired during NBC's broadcast of the Olympics. But it turns out it was more than just a way for bored swimmers to pass time during practices, traveling, and autograph signings. Michael Phelps said on "Costas Tonight" that it was a way to bring the team together.

"It's funny to say it now, but that 'Call Me Maybe' video we did really brought us together. There are some of us who didn't really want to do it, felt kind of weird doing it, but I think it really just shows how we are as a team. And we're growing even more as team."

On the way to becoming the most decorated Olympian in history, Phelps was on three Olympic swim teams. He said this was the closest team yet.

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