Michael Phelps May Know Why The Pools Keep Turning Green: 'Everybody Pees'


At the moment, one of the biggest stories at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio is the green pools.

At first, it was just one pool. Now, a second pool reportedly turned green, and everyone is scrambling to try and figure out why.

Hell, these pools are even responsible for turning US swimmer Ryan Lochte's hair green. We have to get to the bottom of this.

According to a report published by The New York Times, the pools in Rio may have turned green because of a chemical imbalance caused simply by a ton of people being in the water.

That explanation was reportedly given to The Times by Olympic officials, but I don't know if I'm buying it.

Speaking on the green pools, Rio 2016 spokesman Mario Andrada reportedly said,

Slick cover, Mario, but is that really what's happening here?

Andrada reportedly added,

US Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps may have a simpler explanation for Rio's green pools: pee.

Speaking with The Wall Street Journal in 2012, Michael Phelps reportedly said,

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Nate Hernandez, director of aquatic solutions at VivoAquatics, has reportedly refuted the notion pee could turn the Olympic pools green, saying,

That's all well and good, but according to Jamie Novak, a brand manager with a swimming pool chemical manufacturer in Connecticut, Andrada's explanation about too many people using the pools is, quite simply, kind of bullshit.

Novak reportedly said,

So, whom are you going to believe? An official in Rio or the dude who literally lives in a pool, Michael Phelps?

Citations: Another Pool Turns Green, and a Chemical Imbalance Is Blamed (The New York Times), Michael Phelps says 'everybody pees in the pool' (Business Insider)