Michael Phelps Hits the Pool

The Olympian gets back to practice in Baltimore and Ashton Kutcher shows him support on MySpace

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Olympian Michael Phelps is getting back to work after a controversial photo was published last weekend of the swimmer apparently inhaling from a marijuana pipe.

The gold medalist, 23, was spotted at a Baltimore pool Tuesday apparently for a training session, according to reports.

The reappearance follows Phelps admitting to using “bad judgment” after the U.K.’s News of the World printed the picture. “I’m 23 years old and despite the successes I’ve had in the pool, I acted in a youthful and inappropriate way, not in a manner people have come to expect from me,” Phelps said.

One unexpected supporter after the fallout? Ashton Kutcher. I simply feel that Michael Phelps is entitled to his privacy, Kutcher wrote on his MySpace blog. “The kid made a mistake (he is only human) and anyone who has been in the public eye knows the magnification of minor missteps can be blown way out of proportion.

Meanwhile, Sheriff Leon Lott Jr. of Columbia, S.C., where the incident took place last November, said Tuesday in a statement that an investigation is underway.

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