What’s one struggle of being a multi-awarded Olympian you might not realize? It’s actually really difficult to arrange multiple medals around your neck in a fashion that doesn’t make you look like a total fool.
But if there’s ever an athlete in need of help, there’s probably no man better than Michael Phelps — the most decorated Olympian of all time with 28 medals — to turn to.
For this week’s Sports Illustrated, some Olympic beasts — swimmer Katie Ledecky, gymnast Simone Biles and Phelps — are featured on the cover for taking home five medals from the 2016 Rio Olympics.
In some behind-the-scenes footage from the shoot, we get to see Phelps help Ledecky — who is basically the new face of USA swimming — place her medals in the best way for their photo. It’s almost like watching him pass a metaphorical torch onto the 19-year-old, four-time gold medalist.
“You’ll learn,” Phelps tells Ledecky. “Don’t worry about it.”