How tall is Michael Phelps

Michael Phelps Height

6ft 2.5in (189.2 cm)

American Swimming Legend. He once claimed early in his career to be almost 6ft 4.

How tall is Michael Phelps
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Average Guess (38 Votes)
6ft 2.59in (189.4cm)
Canson said on 14/Sep/17
@Mark: he was awesome! My wife and I (fiancée at the time) were up in AC I think in 2010 and happened to run into him when I was leaving a table to go to the restrooms. He was with his girlfriend I'm assuming. They shook our hands too! Both very pleasant and down to earth in person! He definitely has a very long torso just like you see on tv and I can see him losing an inch. He's for sure a full 6'3" or over out of bed and only comes down max to maybe 6'2.25 maybe even still 6'2.5 not sure how long he was on his feet but was able to tell he was 2" shorter and looked the same height as my cousin who is about 6'2-6'2.5 zone. We observed him at a few tables later once we knew he was there and he was living the life enjoying himself very responsibly tho. He enjoyed playing poker and Blackjack! I'm assuming he had friends or family there at The casino because a couple was sitting next to my wife at the slot machines and told him that they were at the bar when he walked over and he bought the group, along with those two, a round of drinks even tho they weren't part of the group. Just an everyday kind of guy. Didn't act like one of those celebs who just didn't want to be bothered with people. Although people did respect his space when he played at the table nobody really bothered him running up or doing paperazi on him anywhere in the place they would just say hello when they walked past like we did. I think it's one of the best encounters and prob the most famous other than Mike Tyson or Dan Marino. Even Tyson was a very pleasant encounter as well. And All three of who Rob has accurately listed (within 1/4" max of their lowest). Tyson was 5'10 in person Marino at most an inch shorter than I am
Mark(5'9.5") said on 13/Sep/17
@Canson awesome! At worst, 6'2.25". Canson, what was he like in person if you don't mind telling me!
Canson said on 11/Sep/17
@Mark: I think Rob nailed this one. Maybe he dips to 6'2.25-3/8 on a normal day and maybe he can go slightly under but in person he looks 189ish as well. I had him by about 2". At worst like 188.5 or so as I dip to 193.7 on a day when I go to the gym or am on my feet and it was at Borgota where I met him level ground etc. but he has a long torso so I can see him waking up to possibly 191-192 and losing close to an inch
hardguy said on 10/Sep/17
Mark(5'9.5 said on 6/Sep/17
Rob, basically, you're saying that Phelps doesn't drop below 189 cm.
Editor Rob: I think on a bad day he might, but typically he might be at his low around 6ft 2.5
Canson said on 18/Aug/17
@EZH: I've always doubted Eli's measurement because he and Roerhlisberger measured the same class and Ben looks taller than him when their measurements are 1/8" apart. I would put Eli at my height max (about 194cm) also based on how he looks with his brother who is 6'5". As far as Phelps I have met him and had him by solid 2" so he isn't a full 6'3" 6'2.5 is tops for him like Rob has him. Could even dip to 6'2.25 like I do to 6'4.25.
Colberto said on 17/Aug/17
Hey rob what do you see him measuring comfortably at 2 1/2 or just a strong 6'2" range. I vote 2 1/2
Editor Rob: I think this is probably lowest range for him, the 2.5
jessman said on 17/Aug/17
He is too much below Alex Popov and Nathan Adrian too be 6'3 or more. These guys are about 6'6. Canson met him and reckons 6'2.5 max. Canson seems on the money in most cases and I agree with him on Phelps.
Celebheights 6'1.5 said on 17/Aug/17
With 5'10 5/8" measured Russell Wilson:

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Michael Phelps has a relatively high eye level for his height, so it really doesn't appear to be more than 4" inch difference.
EZH said on 16/Aug/17
Google his picture standing next to 6'4.75 Eli Manning (the one with the trophy). Phelps looks no less than 1.5 inches shorter than Eli. Therefore I give him 6'3.25.

Eli's height was measured by the NFL,so it's one of the few times we know for sure the height of the person he's standing next to.
Peterson188cm said on 12/Aug/17
Michael Phelps Height: 6ft2¾ (189.8cm)

out of bed: 192.4cm
night: 189.5cm 190cm
Canson said on 10/Aug/17
@Slim and Mark 5'9.5: I def agree 189 is more like it barefoot than 188. I had him by 2". But if someone said 188 or 190 that wouldn't be easy to tell the difference in public unless someone is close in height with him or has a keen enough eye like Rob does. Heck he could probably get mistaken for 6'4" by many since so many people exaggerate their height these days. I say the part I do about 188 because that's 6'2@ flat and a guy at 6'2.25 or 6'2.5 will often get guesses as 6'3@ by some or 6'2 by others since some strong 6'2" guys or flat 6'2" are measured in the afternoon at their true heights and will assess a guy near height (within 1/4" or 1/2") or same as being 6'2" possibly esp if not using cm to gauge. But I can easily say Phelps looked 189 to me at worst a strong 6'2" maybe close to a weak 6'3" at most
Mark(5'9.5") said on 9/Aug/17
188 cm? That's lowbailing Michael Phelps IMO.
Andrew said on 8/Aug/17
I thought he was 6'4 I guess his large wingspan confused me?
Slim 182 cm said on 8/Aug/17
Canson, lol canson, that was on the Arnold page, I've just grown to flat 6' no less unless I'm superbly dehydrated. I'm sure I'll grow to 6'1 or 6'2 range as my fathers and grandfather are 5'11 and change to 6'. Thanks for clearing the air though, I may be one of the many who have convinced rob to add half intervals to cms so no more confusion
Slim 182 cm said on 6/Aug/17
anyonmious, lol, I hope you have money saved for a rainy day, otherwise you will lose all for sure.
Canson said on 5/Aug/17
@Slim: thanks! Btw, did you grow? I see you're 188 now? You'd be pretty darn close to Phelps in height maybe a cm or so off assuming it's your lowest. The thing with Phelps is his torso is very long for his height and he is very disproportionate even in person. I almost wonder if he loses an inch honestly and is 6'3.25-.5 out of bed.
anyonmious said on 5/Aug/17
188 cm is more accurate.
Slim 182 cm said on 4/Aug/17
Canson, thanks, that's a self esteem riser! 😉
Or maybe it was a lucky guess 😭

I do think a low long waist like phelps helps him swim better, something to do with the body's core or centre of gravity.
Canson said on 2/Aug/17
@Slim182: right on the money! Had him by about 2" when I met him in AC years back. He's a solid 189cm at his lowest. Best case 6'2.5 worst maybe 6'2.25
Slim 182 cm said on 29/Jul/17
189 or 190 at lunchtime.
Toby said on 24/Jul/17
Rob, could you please do other famous swimmers as well? Namely Ryan Lochte and Nathan Adrian. Allegedly Adrian is 6'6 but since Phelp's real height is 6'2.5 i don't think that is possible looking at this picture

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he does look noticeably taller here though

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what would you estimate Adrian's height is?
Editor Rob: sometimes Adrian can look 2 but also 3-3.5 inches taller than Michael.
Mark(5'9.5 said on 23/Jul/17
190 cm 'flat' is a fraction under 6'3". 190.5 cm is flat 6'3".

This guy gives a 192 cm impression and looks very tall. Because of his long spine, he could easily measure 192 out of bed. If his legs were proportioned to his body, he would be too well over 6'5"!
Matthew Robinson said on 22/Jul/17
I could see 192 cm in the morning and 189 cm at night, as he's got a ridiculously long torso. I think he should get a 6'2.75" listing as I'm thinking he could stretch up to about that height around mid-day.
Joao said on 19/Jul/17
190cm that's actually 6'3 not 6'4 as olympics say
Mark(5'9.5 said on 18/Jul/17
Rob, this is me, but Michael Phelps can easily look 190 cm at times and 'doesn't' seem like a guy that would really drop under 189 cm.
even said on 6/Jul/17
height = 6'2.5"
arm span = 6'9"
Canson said on 13/Jun/17
Mark(5'9.25 said on 7/Jun/17
I do dare say that Michael Phelps could measure taller than Peak Morgan Freeman.

Canson said on 1/Jun/17
@Bobby: yup: I thought even footwear but maybe I was wrong. He looked to me 2" shorter than I am and I'm the same size as you are 195.8 cm out of bed (after I cut my hair) and 193.9 at my lowest some days bang on 194 (6'4.25 if I hit the gym). Practically 6'4 1/2. I wouldn't put him over 189cm
bobbyh3342 said on 31/May/17
canson you met phelps? not 6'4? hes always been listed that , I knew he wasn't a full 6'4 but damn the Olympics are slacking
Matthew Robinson said on 30/May/17
Should be listed at 190 cm imo. I could see him maybe at 189 at his lowest, but I also think he's a guy who could drop as much as 3 cm over the course of a day. But he holds up well enough next to Prince William, Tony Hawk, The Rock, and Ray Lewis to give him the 6'2.75" height mid day, for sure.
Bazza said on 22/May/17
I remember seeing him on stage accepting the award off prince William (a legit 190cm) before new year and Phelps looked to edge him out for me. I think standing tall for measurement bare foot he would be 6'3 on the nose or very, very close.
Mark(5'9.25 said on 20/May/17
He actually doesn't look shorter than the Rock. If anything, he looks a bit taller than the Rock.

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6'2.75" would be a better mark.
berta said on 18/May/17
yes in the picture the orkc is taler but look at video face to face and you see there is zero chanse of rock being taller
Yuval said on 16/May/17
I just saw a picture with him and the rock(listed 189 cm here) and the rock is clearly taller.
berta said on 16/May/17
he is in a new video that dwayne johnson posted on facebook today i guess it will be up on youtube soon. they looked pretty mutch the same height. But dwayne stood with good posture and phelps a little looser and i would say dwayne was maybe 1 cm shorter if we dont count the hair. its filmed in a perfect angle to judge me it looked like this guy can be strong 189 and dwayne a weak 189 guy. But they can be the exact height its hard to see how mutch hair this guy have. At best dwayne is the same height but ptobably 0,5 cm shorter than phelps.
Canson said on 6/May/17
Christian is correct long torso
Canson said on 29/Apr/17
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Looks 189 like he did in person in this pic with tiger woods
Christian-196.8cm (6ft5.5)Noon said on 17/Apr/17
Very long torso and short legs for his height. Probably only a 30" or 31" inseam.
Canson said on 30/Mar/17
Out of bed 191-192
Before bed 189
Mark(5'9.25 said on 29/Mar/17
I wouldn't go under this listing actually.
berta said on 28/Mar/17
rob dont know if you can see it but if you follow dwayne johonson on facebook you can see him and phelps standing beside eachother and johnson looks 2 cm taller. i though this guy really was almost 190 but maybe he is only 188 and look taller because of his extremely long torso
Canson said on 25/Mar/17
@SJH:Maybe we can argue he's closer to flat 6'2 but he isn't less than that. To me he looked the height Rob has him listed above or near it maybe 6'2 1/4. Kobe in the pic is favored. That's why when I use pics I'm careful because a lot of them favor. I also saw Olympic pics with Durant and draymond
S.J.H said on 19/Mar/17
If phelps is really 6'2.5 then black mamba would be 6'6 on the dot not 6'4.75 Click Here
Canson said on 6/Mar/17
Johnson he is only 189. I met him 2" shorter
Canson said on 5/Mar/17
@Johnson: nah he isn't that tall. I've met him in person. I had 2" on him. Rob has him pegged and I think a solid 189 is reasonable enough as is 6'2.5 or 6'2.25. He's around 189cm
Mark(5'9.25 said on 19/Feb/17
Rob, how likely is 6'2.75" for Phelps?
Editor Rob: 6ft 2.5-2.75, somewhere in that range is very arguable I feel.
Mark(5'9.25") said on 13/Feb/17
Edges out Prince William and looks only 2 inches shorter than 6'4.75" Kobe Bryant. Phelps could safely be upgraded to 6'2.75"

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Johnson said on 10/Feb/17
No way he is only 189. He is easily 191.5 cm tall
Kurt Blair said on 1/Feb/17
If Michael's legs were proportionate to his body, he would be 6' 7 1/2" tall!
joe### said on 25/Dec/16
looks 6´2.25-5 with kobe
Mark(5'9.25") said on 24/Dec/16
I would say 6'2.75" for Phelps. While he's oddly built, he is actually a legit 6'2"-6'3" person when you see him with other athletes. I remember seeing him in the olympics. I always thought 6'3" and I do think he can easily pull of 6'3" at times.
Rory said on 20/Dec/16
Didn't look any shorter than Prince William on SPOTYA, if anything looked a fraction taller.
Peterson188cm said on 13/Dec/16
Michael Phelps: 6'2.75 (189.8cm)
Ryan Lochte: 6'1.25 (186cm)
Elite said on 12/Dec/16
Rob, do u think schooling is about 5'9-5'10 range? He reached Phelps' eye level.Click Here
Elite said on 5/Dec/16
Rob, what's ur estimate for Schooling's height?(the one in red shirt)Click Here
Editor Rob: Elite, he looks under six foot.
Canson said on 25/Nov/16
6'2 and change. Had him by about 2" in person so 6'2.25-.5 fits.
anyonmious said on 24/Nov/16
he is about 6'2" flat. 6'3" in shoes
Mark(5'9.25 said on 18/Nov/16

Rob, who would measure slightly the tallest of the three, Michael Phelps, Brandon Routh, or Charlton Heston?

I have a feeling that Michael Phelps might be taller than Routh and Heston due to his long back. What do you think Rob?
Editor Rob: I think they are roughly all pretty close, would be tough to say which would end up tallest on the stadiometer.
dpp said on 14/Nov/16
wow! very surprised always think he is 6'4.
MD said on 21/Oct/16
Finally got around to finding the pictures of him with memebers of Team USA basketball at the Olympics this summer. It is imperative to remember that he was barefoot and they are all in sneakers/gym shoes. But I was just surprised at not just how much shorter he looked than I expected, but how much smaller, physically, too. A lot of times these basketball players can look really skinny, but this gives you an idea of just how large they are. All heights given below are barefoot.

With 6'9.75" DeAndre Jordan:

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With 6'9.5" DeMarcus Cousins:

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With 6'9" Kevin Durant:

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With 6'5.75" Draymond Green:

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Mark said on 4/Oct/16
Phelps can be safely upgraded to 6'2.75"
Ice said on 25/Sep/16
Im around his height and have a 36 Inch inseam !
MD said on 15/Sep/16
I have not seen any good photos of them next to each other on the Lip Sync Battle. All the photos I've seen have them standing way across from each other on stage or from weird angles. Either way, what else is clear from that show is that Michael had on heeled work boots, boots with more of a hill than Crews' boots on that episode.
Jerry said on 13/Sep/16
Rob, in lip sync battle Phelps looked taller than Terrry Crews who is listed as 6'2.50 (the same height).
Jerry said on 6/Sep/16
Rob, do you think 6'2.75 is better form him?
Canson said on 31/Aug/16
@Johan: that's very true. I wouldn't doubt he's 6'3+ out of bed. It's hard to tell with his long torso just how far over but I had him by 2" so he isn't less than maybe 6'2 1/2 maybe an 1/8 under like I fall 1/8 under
Flyin said on 30/Aug/16
Look at the disproportion between his legs and torso.
Mark said on 28/Aug/16
I wouldn't rule out 191 cm
for Phelps in the morning. He's always looked huge next to most athletes.
MD said on 28/Aug/16
@Mr. R,

I think Rob actually had him very close to what he was listed at all over the internet, originally: 6'4". It was through a lot of hard work on my part that he got closer to his actual height.
191-193 said on 27/Aug/16
I agree that Phelps is probably around 6`2 - 6`2.5 going by the pic with Kobe Bryant. Kobe has admitted that his real height is 6`4", which is really believable. So, Phelps is definitely 6`2-6`2.5". DONE!!!
191-193 said on 27/Aug/16
I agree that Phelps is probably around 6`2 - 6`2.5 going by the pic with Kobe Bryant. Kobe has admitted that his real height is 6`4", which is really believable. So, Phelps is definitely 6`2-6`2.5". DONE!!!
191-193 said on 27/Aug/16
I agree that Phelps is probably around 6`2 - 6`2.5 going by the pic with Kobe Bryant. Kobe has admitted that his real height is 6`4", which is really believable. So, Phelps is definitely 6`2-6`2.5". DONE!!!
Mr. R said on 24/Aug/16
Is it me Rob, or did you used to have him at 6-3.25?
KH said on 24/Aug/16
My buddy is 6'2-6'3. Claims he met Phelps and that Phelps was his height or slightly shorter.
Johan said on 24/Aug/16
Canson said on 21/Aug/16

@Johan: Phelps is right where Rob has him listed 6'2.5. I had him by approximately 2" when I met him and my low is 6'4 3/8

To be honest Canson I haven't really looked at him in any detail. He just struck me as a 6'3" guy the few times I have seen him in pics. 6'2.5" or 6'3" flat not much difference but yes noticeable for you since your close in height.
Jerry said on 24/Aug/16
And how tall is lochte then?
John said on 23/Aug/16
I know, if Ledecky's 6'0 like she is listed, then that would put Phelps at 6'5, which is way off. We all know that he is 6'2.5", so I would estimate her at 177cm, maybe 178cm at the most.
Canson said on 21/Aug/16
@Johan: Phelps is right where Rob has him listed 6'2.5. I had him by approximately 2" when I met him and my low is 6'4 3/8
Johan said on 21/Aug/16
Yes Phelps is 6'5" even though he himself claimed to be almost 6'4".

Even going with his 6'4" claim the highest Ledecky could be is 5'11". She is 5 inches shorter.

2.5 inches of exaggeration damn these swimmers are worse than the WWE.

Before seeing Rob's listing I thought 6'3" was fine for Phelps putting Ledecky at 5ft 10.
Leonardo 1.73m said on 19/Aug/16
Hey Rob :)
If you say he is about 6'3.5 in the morning, so he is 6'2.5 at night. Why is he listed 6'2.5?
Kurt Blair said on 19/Aug/16
Phelps looks ridiculous! His body is more than twice the length of his legs!
Akatakamakabaka said on 19/Aug/16
Or maybe that should tell you that Phelps isn't just 6'2.5" instead of the other way around
lekuki said on 18/Aug/16
There's a recent photo he is next to Junior dos Santos, who says himself to be 1, 92cm. Phelps looks 3cm taller than him.
Canson said on 18/Aug/16
@Rampage: I can buy 192 out of bed. At very worst a weak 192 high 191. Then 189 at his lowest
lekuki said on 18/Aug/16
There's a picture he's next to Junior dos Santos, whos says him self to be 1, 92cm. Phelps looks 3cm taller thab him
Bard said on 18/Aug/16
6'4 with shoes I suppose.
Moke said on 18/Aug/16
With 6.1.25 Chad le Clos.
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Michael Phelps, 6'3 morning, after a decent night.
MD said on 17/Aug/16
Maybe that should tell you that Ledecky is not a full 6'0" instead of the other way around.
Akatakamakabaka said on 16/Aug/16
There's no way that Phelps can only be 6'2.5" In a recently released cover of Sports Illustrated he stands next to 6'0" Katie Ledecky, and is definitely taller than her. There's also a video released on the online article version and they're wearing normal shoes.

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jessman said on 15/Aug/16
Phelps looked about 4 inches shorter than 6'6 listed Nathan Adrian during the Olympic medal ceremony for 4 x 100 medley relay. He has consistently looked 3-4 inches shorter than Adrian. I don't believe Adrian is under-listed. At best, 6'2.5 for Phelps. At worst, 6'2 flat. Kyle Chambers, the 6'4 listed Aussie swimmer, was noticeably taller than Phelps but shorter than Adrian.
MD said on 15/Aug/16
Lochte is a good solid two inches shorter. No, he isn't even 6'1". I was also surprised not by just how short Phelp's looked with the basketball players (even accounting for the footwear difference), but just how small his physique looked compared to even Durant, who is known for his thinness. I was already convinced he wasn't taller than listed, but those shots confirmed it for me for good.
Andisan said on 14/Aug/16
I was astounded how big the 2 inch difference between Phelps and Nathan Adrian looks when they're standing next to each other! I'd have guessed adrian to be 6'9" based on Mike's [alleged] 6'4".
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 14/Aug/16
Rob, is 192cm out of bed possible for Phelps?

He's got an exceptionally long torso
Editor Rob: he could hit that mark first thing.
Rifle said on 13/Aug/16
Dear Rob,
What do you think is the difference in height between Phelps and Deandre Jordan based on this pic?

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Editor Rob: with probably a bit looser posture still at least 8, possibly a bit more taller. Of course Michael could have likely no shoes, so the posture/shoe difference might even out.
Canson said on 13/Aug/16
i met him in Person in 2010 in Atlantic City. On level ground I had 2" (5cm approx). 189.2 6'2.5 is an accurate enough listing and He also has a very long torso making a full inch height loss in a day very realistic. He would very realistically be near if not a full 192 out of bed and may have gotten an early measurement and rounded up to 6'4 if less than an hour awake
SAK said on 13/Aug/16
If Phelps is 1.5inches shorter than his listed height on wiki (and other sites). I would imagine other swimmers also being 1 to 2 inches shorter than there wiki heights. Or maybe it's just Phelps with inflated height as he's the most famous swimmer.
Baines said on 12/Aug/16
190 range 189cm at lowest 4 olympic gold 16 years after first olympic.
The Man said on 12/Aug/16
Phelps can wake up in the morning at 192 easily and drops to 189 by late afternoon/evening, given that he has a long torso and spine.
David said on 12/Aug/16
At the olympics it looked like Michael was 6'0 145 lbs without shoes.What's so ironic is it tells that Michael is 6'4 194 lbs which is bull****.
Blake said on 12/Aug/16
How tall was he when he first swam at 15 do you think Rob?
Editor Rob: really couldn't answer that one.
Curry said on 11/Aug/16
I Saw the pictures with US basketball team. It only proves he is not 6'4 because Durant is the same height as Andrew Bogut. Durant is 7 with shoes. They were caps and shoes and you cant tell acurate from it but you get a Idea its 20cm between him and Durant. That looks alot with Durants tall shoulders, skinny Frans. Phelps is definitely 191cm in the morning.
Borats Chicken said on 11/Aug/16
Rob, could swimmer Ryan Lochte be 186?
MD said on 10/Aug/16
There are instagram shots out that I'll try and find with him and members of Team USA's basketball team last night, and while he's obviously barefoot and they are in shoes, it really shows that Rob was right to lower him to this height, especially with the shot of him and Kevin Durant.
TJE said on 10/Aug/16
This guy has a very small eye level; it's gotta be 4.25 tops
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 7/Aug/16
Rob, do you have any estimates for Ryan Lochte?
Editor Rob: not over 6ft 1 anyway.
SportsHeight said on 7/Aug/16
Rob, how tall is Katie Ledecky, the best female swimmer in the world right now? Listed at both 5'11" and 6'0". Here she is with Phelps:

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Editor Rob: might be between both listings.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 5/Aug/16
Matt Grevers is 6ft8?
Conan said on 3/Aug/16
As listed for all intents and purposes. I had him by 2 inches in person
Canson said on 7/Jul/16
@Rampage: you said it very well as always. Oddly shaped. I can see the 191+ out of the bed and somewhere in the 189 ranfe at his lowest. I had him by a couple inches (my money is on 6'2.5, absolutely no lower than 6'2 1/4).
Tunman said on 24/Jun/16
strange,if this guy has really(which still needs confirmation)a 30" inseam it's a first for someone that tall.Imagine this guy with legs like Eastwood's he would be nearly 7' and look quite proportionate
I wonder if this abnormality was a key for his success,after all I always assumed having long legs and big feet were advantages in swimming along with a large wingspan...well maybe not in all cases!
Rocky said on 24/Jun/16
Definitely closer to 6'2'' than 6'4''. Look at pictures with him and 6'2'' Liu Xiang, the former easily looks 2-3 inches shorter. Xiang did have a footwear advantage (sandals vs basketball shoes).
Canson said on 21/Jun/16
I've actually met him in person. He's 6'2.5 on the reg. 6'3 out of bed
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 19/Jun/16
Out of bed: 191-192cm
Before bed: 189-190cm

Odd body shape makes him appear shorter. I think he's near 6ft3. For years I thought he was at least 6ft4...
Mathew Robinson (190 cm) said on 17/Jun/16
My guess given his extremely long torso is roughly:

192 cm straight out of bed
190 cm mid-day
189 cm at night
Mark said on 23/May/16
Does measure taller than Affleck and Reynolds in the site though I'm having a hard time deciding whether Phelps is either this height or google's claimed height.

Phelps does clear 6'3" in the morning out of bed.
Peterson188cm said on 22/May/16
Rob, if Michael Phelps is 189 cm. What would be the height of Kobe Bryant this photo? :D Click Here
Editor Rob: his head might look slightly smaller if he is a couple of inches further away but near 6ft 5 is possible.
Tunman said on 10/May/16
Is it me or I'm right to say that breaststroke swimmers seem the shortest of all swimmers?Most impressive I felt were by far freestyle swimmers,having also a large frame.Breaststroke guys are maybe smaller because it requires to perform a big number of strokes rapidly unlike freestyle where the larger wingspan is preferable? I think upper average guys are common for Breaststroke(Gyurta,Borysyk,Van Den Burgh and even average guys like Kitajima).BTW what is the average for all swimmers?possibly 6'2-3?
Leo said on 9/Mar/16
Rob, what do you think of this pic Click Here of Michael with 6'4" chase kalisz? Both are barefoot, how tall would you say Michael looks?
Editor Rob: doesn't look much over 6ft 2 there, assuming the pool edge was level.
Ice said on 3/Mar/16
I really , always fought he was legit 6'4 . ROB is 191 cm out of bed possible for Phelbs ?
Editor Rob: I think it is likely he'd be that range out of bed
MD said on 1/Feb/16
Like most sports, professional swimmers are not actually formally measured. The NFL and NBA seem to be exceptions rather than rules, and only then because of how competitive it is to break into the professional levels in those sports meaning the team owners want the best of the best. That, and these NFL and NBA pro days and pe-drafts have become something of media circus in and of themselves which makes the industry more money.
John said on 29/Jan/16
Rob, are professional swimmers actually measured or they just claim their height? Because some organizations like the NFL and NBA, they actually measure you on a stadiometer (even though NBA heights are listed with shoes on, while the NFL isn't. That's why you rarely see inaccurate height listings in NFL, and some players heights' are even rounded down)
Editor Rob: it's like tennis - the data is supplied from coaches/country organisers, there's no nfl or nba type measurement system. I'd asked someone at Wimbledon about it years ago.

For swimming I don't know. It may be the same idea - data supplied but not verified.
Mathew Robinson (190 cm) said on 6/Nov/15
I believe Michael Phelps, with his extremely lengthy torso could lose 3 cm over the course of a full day as opposed to what you'd expect of a man in his height bracket (2 cm). I believe he probably wakes around 192 and has a bare minimum of 189. That said, I believe he deserves a 6'2.75" listing, as this is probably a fair lunch time, mid day sort of height for him. He can look shorter with poor posture, but he can also look a solid 6'3". Some pieces that make me think he'd be more 190 cm than 189 cm at lunch time:

With 6'1 3/8" measured Michael Crabtree, 6'8.5" Blake Griffin, and the 6'1.5" (now disgraced) subway guy: Click Here
Again with subway guy: Click Here
Video with near 6'3" Tony Hawk: Click Here
Video with 6'1" Ray Lewis: Click Here

So what do you think Rob, 6'2.75" listing might suit him? I'm reasonably skeptical of heights and even I think he should get that listing. His posture can make him appear shorter, for sure.
MD said on 30/Oct/15
I find it odd that people think there is some official measuring regime by the IOC. In fact, not only do they not measure, but save for websites, I'm not even sure if they ask for measurements save for events where knowing ones weight is absolutely required for weight classes, and even then, it's not "the Olympics" measuring but which specific sport for which weigh-ins are required.
bobby3342 said on 28/Oct/15
rob what made ya say 6 2.5? don't the Olympics precisely measure him? or did he slip through the cracks?
[Editor Rob: I think somewhere in that 6ft 2.5 zone is what he may well measure at, with self confessed 6ft Woods or Colin Kaepernick who was 6ft 4 and 5/8ths...
Allie said on 24/Oct/15
Rob was that almost 6'4 sneaker height? Almost every site I've seen gives him 6'4 or 6'3.5. Typically though athletes are almost always solid in height. Maybe take away a half inch due it being in the morning. Or was that just football, soccer and hockey.
[Editor Rob: I don't know if he meant it barefoot or not...he may well one day have measured that height early in the day (the 6ft 3.5).

In that sense, somebody claiming an early height isn't wrong - they are that height, albeit they are only that stature for a short period of the day.]
joe@@ said on 11/Oct/15
Matthew190 said on 8/Oct/15
guy understand that it was measured in the morning he looks at most 6'4.25-5
Matthew190 said on 8/Oct/15
Eli was measured at 6'4.75" for the NFL draft. Assuming that figure is accurate, it looks like Phelps would be around 6'3" give or take. He appears a strong 6'3" on the photo to the left but he appears more 6'2" on the right photo (although I think the angle may be making him look shorter there).
Celebheights 6'1.75/187 CM said on 17/Sep/15
@Ice No, he's clearly shorter than Eli Manning (who was measured at 6'4 3/4, probably right out of bed) by more than an inch.
jessman said on 17/Sep/15
Numerous pictures of him next to Alex Popov, who has been described as 197cm to 200cm. Popov has an easy three inches on him, possibly four inches. I estimate Popov at 198cm. I estimate Phelps at 188cm, 189cm at most. Popov has always edged other swimmers who claim 198cm (Gary Hall Jr...Matt Biondi). Not sure if theirs were shoe measurements.
joe @@ said on 17/Sep/15
Eli Manning is 6´4.25Click Here
Ice said on 16/Sep/15
wtf ? always was sure that Phelbs is a legit 6'4 ..
Celebheights 6'1.75/187 CM said on 15/Sep/15
Ryan Lochte by Donovan McNabb (who was measured at 6'2.25"):

Click Here (the photo is towards the bottom)
Celebheights 6'1.75/187 CM said on 6/Sep/15
By 6'4.75" measured Eli Manning:

Click Here

Somebody even left a comment on there that Eli Manning was clearly taller than Phelps.
Matthew said on 12/Jul/15
IronFist says on 6/Jul/15

Conan always wears dress shoes with a noticeable heel. They make him look even taller and he's already a giant. He's also standing closer to the camera in that photo.


I do agree with that, it's kind of my point. What I'm saying is that anyone who saw that episode of Conan knows that there's simply no way Conan should be listed at 6'4" and Phelps at 6'2.5". Conan is not 1.5" taller than Phelps, they're obviously closer in height than that. They seemed about the same height together. I wouldn't really complain if Conan was listed at 2 cm higher than Phelps, but there's no way he was anything like 4 cm taller when they were actually together. They looked about the same.
IronFist said on 6/Jul/15

Conan always wears dress shoes with a noticeable heel. They make him look even taller and he's already a giant. He's also standing closer to the camera in that photo.
Celebheights 6'1.75/187 CM said on 5/Jul/15
Connor Dwyer by 5'11 5/8" measured Victor Cruz:

Click Here

I think that Connor Dwyer has a more bizarre listed than Phelps does. He looks 190 CM at best.
Celebheights 6'1.75/187 CM said on 5/Jul/15
He's shorter than Conor Dwyer (who is listed as 6'5", but he looks no more than 190 CM by 50 Cent?).
Matthew said on 10/Jun/15
When he was on Conan they looked around the same height. I haven't seen found clips of them standing together online, but I remember watching them and thinking they were very close. The only thing I could find is this one small picture, which seems to jive with the theory they were about the same height Click Here although of course, you can't see their footwear.
MD said on 1/Jun/15
With NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson:

Click Here

Jimmie is listed at 5'11", but of course that's just a sports height. It's not the best picture, but he honestly doesn't regularly look 6'3".
Matthew said on 28/May/15

Those photos don't really prove he's 6'2.5" tops to me. His posture looks pretty poor next to Thomas, generally Phelps has a slouch. He was quite towered over by Kobe Bryant, yes, and he obviously isn't a 6'4"-er. However he looked no shorter than Tony Hawk here Click Here who is 6'3". He also looks more 6'3" than 6'2" range next to Ray Lewis Click Here and although the clip isn't on youtube he looked about the same height on Conan O'Brien on his show. I think he can look 6'2.5" too but he can look 6'3" more often than he looks 6'2" imo, I'd give him 190 - 191 personally. Maybe 190 to be safe.
joe 193cm night said on 5/May/15
he struggles to look 189cm with kobe
MD said on 4/May/15
@Matthew, the photographic evidence simply doesn't show that. I'll have to keep saying it, but the only way he might appear above the current listing is his proportions. When he's around legit 6'3" and 6'4" guys is obvious he's shorter. He's been listed at 6'4" for so long that 6'2.5" feels counterinuitive and might be a bit psychologically daunting, but that's what he is.

Again, here he is not even 6 months ago with a measured 6'2.25' former NFL player Aldalius Thomas:

Click Here

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There is imply no way he's over 6'2.5"
Matthew said on 2/May/15
He's probably a guy who has a larger than average fluctuation between his morning and night time measurements. I still think he looked much closer to Conan's height than this when he was on the show years ago and I also thought he looked pretty much dead even with Tony Hawk. But there's little doubt he's not a legit 6'4" as he's widely listed. Still, I think he should be listed in the 190 - 191 cm range rather than 189. The only way I see him measuring 6'2.5" imo is if you caught him at his absolute low after a long day, then maybe. I think he's closer to 6'3" usually, and a 190 cm listing would seem more realistic.
Andrea said on 1/May/15
No, i think his original listing was the full 6'3 but i remember when i asked Rob about him he said he could have been 6'3.5... I never bought that, though. I always said that even the full 6'3 was a stretch and now he's at a more believable 6'2.5! He could have measured "almost 6'4" in shoes or he was just being optimistic! I think he'd measure between 6'2 and 6'2.5 so this listing is fine.
joe 193cm night said on 30/Apr/15
Click Here
joe 193cm night said on 30/Apr/15
Colin Kaepernick this closer to 6'4.5 (194) he looks taller than Brady then this should kaepernick between 6'4.25 or even 6'4.5 (194)
MD said on 30/Apr/15
@Andrea, wasn't he listed as his full 6'4" claim on here, originally?
Moke said on 29/Apr/15
Wow he has been described as tall as 6'5'' in the past..
Andrea said on 28/Apr/15
Well, there was one picture with Kobe where he struggled to look 6'2 but i think this listing is ok... Certainly noway near 6'4 and not a full 6'3 as he used to get listed on here!
MD said on 22/Apr/15
I don't think anyone is arguing under 6'2" for Michael. I'm not even arguing for a flat 6'2". But, the 6'4" number was ridiculous, and Lochte is at least a solid two inches shorter.
Bojast said on 21/Apr/15
As a former swimmer in the south FL area I personally know Ryan lochte and have met phelps on multiple occasions. To those claiming some absurdly low numbers: Michael is without a doubt at LEAST 6'2 but more likely right around 6'3. Ryan is around 6-6'1, but most wouldn't think this as he is a notorious sloucher with horrible posture. Anything lower than the heights I've stated can be disregarded.
MD said on 20/Apr/15

Simple answer? No. He's not 6'4", nor has he ever been.
ChuckTheSchmuck said on 16/Apr/15
How can the official olympic site be so terrible wrong on his height? Aren't they measured when coming to olympic games?
grizz said on 4/Apr/15
He was BARELY taller than legit 6ft Gabriel Macht on Suits. I was shocked how short he looked next to him.
fish said on 5/Mar/15
hey rob, can you make a site for ian thorpe?
he is listed as 195 cm but looks more like 190 cm in my opinion.
im very curious about it since he is my favourite swimmer of all time.
MD said on 16/Feb/15
Superman, with Michael at 6'2.5" Ryan can not be over 6'0", really. Michael has at least two whole inches on Ryan. At least.
Superman said on 13/Feb/15
So how tall is Ryan Lochte then rob? 6'.75 ? Page for him would be good.
MD said on 18/Jan/15
This is a good downgrade, and puts people like Ryan Lochte in better perspective, who's gotten away with claiming 6'2" for years but barely even looks 6'0" half the time.

This may surprise a lot of people about Michael because he's claimed 6'4" so often, and his ridiculously long torso often makes him look taller, but this is a very good listing when you view him with people who are legitimately 6'3" and above.
Mathew said on 16/Jan/15
I don't know about 6'2.5". It's hard to reconcile Phelps at 6'2.5" and Conan O'Brien at 6'4". When Phelps went on Conan they looked roughly the same height. Conan could possibly be taller than Phelps, but I don't think I saw anything that resembled a 1.5" gap between the two.
MD said on 1/Jan/15
Here Michale is a few days ago with retired NFL linebacker Adalius Thomas, who was measured during the draft at 6'2.3":

Click Here

Click Here

I'm going to stick by estimation that Michael is probably more in the 6'2.5" feet range.
Silent_D said on 29/Dec/14
I always thought he was 6 foot 2 but 6 foot 3 fits better.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 23/Dec/14
Rob, any guesses for Ryan Lochte?
malcom said on 31/Aug/14
With 6'3 (191) David walters:
Click Here
looks 189
Kostas said on 29/Aug/14
Rob is it my idea or Kobe's head is small for a guy at his height?
[Editor Rob: it's not tiny, but he has an advantageous eye level, which can probably make him feel a solid 6ft 5er.]
payr said on 10/Aug/14
30 average inseam? Lol no way average inseam is stores 30 is short..rare to find below that...the proportional leg to height for someone 5-9 is 31
payr said on 10/Aug/14
Was below Kobe Bryants height..eye brow level no way he's that tall.. Kibe said he's 6-4 and some...Phelps can't be more than 6-0 or 6-1
Crash said on 26/Jul/14
His amount of muscle definitely doesn't help with his proportions. If I were him I'd try to slim down.
Arch Stanton said on 9/Jul/14
If he had Clint Eastwood's legs he'd be nearly 7ft :-) His torso length looks similar to guys like Cudmore.
Chris said on 7/Jul/14
I'm three inches shorther than him and i have a 34 inch inseam. Although i wonder if he's talking about his measured inseam from ground to crotch, or the pants he wears. My measurement is a little over 34 inches but i only wear pants with a 34 inch inseam. (which are hard to find because i'm also pretty skinny and thus have a low width level in pants)
176,2Tunman said on 7/Jul/14
But you agree it's very rare to have a 6'3 with 30"inseam?that's average for someone who is 5'9.Then his upper body would be that of a 6'8 at least.
What about Missy Franklin?I paid the utmost attention in the 2013 podium,she seemed shorter than 183 Hardy,probably the same when counting footwear.
[Editor Rob: yes it's a rarity, but he does look to have quite a long upper body when looking at more photos. I can believe he is well under average leg length for being near 6ft 3]
176,2Tunman said on 6/Jul/14
Rob,30"inseam?Damn,I'm wearing 30"Jeans so I'm assuming my inseam is a little Under that like 28.5-29.I always thought my legs are a little short,so what about this guy at 6'3? Maybe he's exaggerating?Honestly he could have performed a bad measurement.32"seems much more reasonable and still too short for someone at his range.
[Editor Rob: I don't see why he'd lie about it, unless it was to seem even more remarkable or something, like he is at a disadvantage having short legs and look 'only 30 inches, so I'm even better!']
Editor Rob said on 1/Jul/14
"I have stubby legs -- I'm 6-4 and have a 30-inch inseam"
BlackEyes said on 26/Jun/14
@Emil 182.5cm

Liu has footwear advantage with sneakers over Michael's flip flops: Click Here

Also, Michael has poor posture in most of the photos!
Mathew said on 4/May/14
With Kobe Bryant in on different day: Click Here

Difference looks a bit smaller than in the other photos. I could see, maybe a legit 6'3" for Phelps if Kobe is 195 cm there. Nothing over it though.

In general Phelps holds loose posture, but I'd give him the 6'3". He appears taller than Lochte by 2" - 2.5" range.
MD said on 23/Apr/14
Explain it? As usual, you're just posting photos with bad angles and then being a poor judge of height all the way around. Phelps is very noticeably taller than Woods even taking into account the angle.
Arch Stanton said on 22/Apr/14
Angle and posture would account for that.
Adonis said on 1/Apr/14
I'm not embarrassing to myself,why are you being arrogant to yourself?I'm telling some facts.I showed everyone proof from the picture with Phelps and Smith that they're 2".If you think Smith is 6'1 and Phelps 6'3 that makes you a fool.Your just jealous of what I proved.
MD said on 1/Apr/14
Stop, Adonis. You are embarrassing yourself.
Adonis said on 29/Mar/14
MD I'm not the fool like you are.I guess your name "MD" stands for medical dysfunctional.Let's face it Sylvester Stallone in that picture Seahawksfan showed a picture that Ryan Lochte is about 1.5" taller than Stallone.I agree Ryan Lochte isn't 6'2 more like 5'10 at the most because Missy Franklin isn't even 5'11.Most people are saying Sylvester Stallone is 5'7.5-5'8 on the other website.You realize most athletes exaggerate by 2-4" to there actual height listed.
MD said on 25/Mar/14
Lochte is 6'0.75", at best. Here he is with Novak Djokovic, and though the angle isn't the best, you can tell if he were to stand beside him there would be at least an inch difference.

Click Here

Personally, I see a 2.5" difference between Lochte and Phelps, so I'd put Lochte at 6'0.5". He was also MAYBE an inch taller than Jimmy Fallon on his show. This would make sense since a lot of people claim two-inches or so above their actual height.
no way said on 22/Mar/14
The guy is 6'1-6'1.5 or 186-187. At best a weak 6'2.
MD said on 18/Mar/14
I do hope no one decideds to repond to those trollish comments by Adonis. Just let them go. lol
Adonis said on 17/Mar/14
Michael Phelps is 2 inches taller than Ryan Lochte and Missy Franklin.Michael Phelps 6'0,Ryan Lochte and Missy Franklin 5'10.
chrisssss said on 8/Mar/14
He looked barely an inch taller than gabriel macht on suits, how is he 6'3? Unless gabriel is around 6'2 which i doubt
Freddy said on 24/Feb/14
if he wasnt a professional swimmer, he'd be 6'1ish....the spine and arms of professional swimmers lenghten over the years, especially since they started training from a young age....even a regluar adult can lengthen his spine by ~0.5inches with yoga etc.

legs of a 6ft person, torso and arms of a 6'5 man
176,2Tunman said on 3/Feb/14
Phelps is probably 6'3 at worst 6'2.75,he generally looks about 2in taller than Lochte which confirms his college listing at6'1 and he also looked near 2in taller than Chad LeClos(who is185-6rather than 184) in the Olympics. Swimmers listings are strange, some are upgraded others downgraded.A good example for the latter is french swimmer Camille Lacourt who got listed at 197and200 but looked at the very worst 9cm taller than Fabien Gilot who is listed at 192and194(he's more likely 191), he equally looked only 2cm shorter than Matt Grevers who is possobly more 202than 203.Another example is russian swimmer Yuliya Efimova who got listed at 173 a while ago and was finally brought to 178 which she definitely looked with 172 Meilutyte and 183 Jessica Hardy (both correctly listed).Wonder where they get the figures, Missy Franklin was once listed at 187and now 185, she's probably only 183 as she looked the same than Hardy (considering footwear) and about 3in shorter than Phelps.
D said on 6/Jan/14

You've been here quite a while. Knowing that the entire purpose of this site is to debunk a lot of claims by the people in question, why would you just assume that Jones' given height of 6'5" is correct?
MD said on 20/Dec/13
Well, that's what the term "long" and "short" legs mean when we're talking about height. Long and short in proportion to one's body. Yes, he does have "short legs" in proportion to his body. Everything about measurements is relative to something else.
Emily said on 20/Dec/13
His legs aren't really that short at all, he just has a long torso.
MD said on 19/Dec/13
You really weren't "so close."
Evie weevie said on 17/Dec/13
i think by the photo he is 6ft. i then looked on the internet and he was 6ft 1! i was so close!
Adonis said on 5/Nov/13
Ryan Lochte isn't even 6'0,but 5'10-'5'11 sounds more like it.Michael Phelps is 6'1.
mark said on 6/Sep/13
if he's 6-3 then why does he look 3-4 inches shorter than kobe...they went side by side in a pic....I heard kobe is really 6-5 or half inch or so less...phelps has to be more like 6-2
Mathew said on 4/Sep/13
MD says on 4/Sep/13
Also, both of their postures are fairly similar. If Michael is a tiny bit hunched, you can also see that Colin's knees are a bit bent.


That's where my opinion differs. I think Michael is dropping more height. I can't really tell about Colin's knees but Michael's head definitely hunched forward where as Colin's head is pulled back and up straight.
Mathew said on 2/Sep/13
MD says on 29/Aug/13
Not the best picture, as the it's lean to the left actually gives Phelps an advantage, but with NFL Colin Kaepernick measured at a barefoot 6'4.5" during the NFL draft:

Click Here

That honestly looks like at least two inches, to me, if you take into account the lean of the photo and look at the shoulder heights.


Phelps' posture isn't as good. The shoulder height is a bit deceiving. To be honest I think he looks a legit 6'3" there.
Mathew said on 26/Aug/13
Lo sgozzatore says on 19/Aug/13
SAK, it's different. Phelps is not over 6'3 for sure, and very likely between 6'2 and 6'3! He could be almost 6'4 in the morning, out of bed. I mean, he has a very long spine so i think he loses at least one inch from morning to night! But just look at him with Kobe Bryant, who is supposed to have been measured 6'4.75, he looks at least 3 inches shorter. Or even with Lochte... There are some pics out there of Lochte and Kellan Lutz. Lutz is about 6' range and Lochte actually looks similar. I dont think he's over 6'0.5, so 6'2.5 for Phelps is closer to the truth, in MY opinion...


The Kobe pics made Phelps look under 6'2". That said he's always looked 2" - 2.5" taller than 6'2" olympic and 6'1" college listed Ryan Lochte. Phelps doesn't always hold the best posture, I think that's part of why he looked short next to the basketball guys. Standing up straight there's enough evidence to suggest that he's a legit 6'3". For example, he's definitely looking a good 6'3" next to NFL listed 6'1" Ray Lewis here: Click Here and here looking at least the same height as 6'3" Tony Hawk: Click Here
Lo sgozzatore said on 19/Aug/13
SAK, it's different. Phelps is not over 6'3 for sure, and very likely between 6'2 and 6'3! He could be almost 6'4 in the morning, out of bed. I mean, he has a very long spine so i think he loses at least one inch from morning to night! But just look at him with Kobe Bryant, who is supposed to have been measured 6'4.75, he looks at least 3 inches shorter. Or even with Lochte... There are some pics out there of Lochte and Kellan Lutz. Lutz is about 6' range and Lochte actually looks similar. I dont think he's over 6'0.5, so 6'2.5 for Phelps is closer to the truth, in MY opinion...
SAK said on 13/Aug/13
Phelps is no lower then 6f3, Please the 6f2 posts seem desperate to downgrade yet another celeb.
Mathew said on 26/Jul/13
Phelps is definitely a solid 6'3". Lochte is - maybe - 6'1".
Conti said on 19/Jul/13
Michael Phelps is 188 cm,because Missy Franklin looked 8 cm difference from Michael.Missy Franklin is 180 cm.
alex 190 said on 16/Jul/13
doesn't seem like two inches of difference to me, because the eye level is not the only determinant in this case, but also the front height. sure, in eye level phelps might seem two inches taller, but it's lochte's front that removes an inch from the difference(take a closer look)
Mathew said on 14/Jul/13
@alex 190 - that's at least 2". Look at their eye levels. 2" if not slightly over.
alex 190 said on 11/Jul/13
now, assuming lochte is about 6'0.5(6'1 AT BEST), doesn't that make phelps something less than 6'2, like, idk, 6'1 or 6'1.5? I mean they're both barefoot
Click Here
Mathew said on 29/Jun/13
I can't see the picture MD posted of Phelps and Morgan Freeman, but I saw this picture of the two: Click Here and I think Phelps looks at least 6'3" there, if not close to 6'4". 6'2" for Phelps is crazy, he tends to slouch but he's at least a legitimate 6'3" and possibly even 6'3" and change. He's not as tall as a full 6'4" though.
Lo sgozzatore said on 12/Jun/13
Lochte doesnt look taller than Kellan Lutz, that is 183-184. 184 at best for him!
And Michael Phelps is very likely under 6'3, 6'2-6'3 range. Maybe a 6'2.5 listing would be closer... Forget about the 6'4 he gets listed at! Thats crazy. He neither looks 6'2 with Kobe Bryant
João said on 2/Jun/13
With 192cm Steve Parry
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Steve Parry measurement by bbc
Click Here

The photos with Liu Xiang, Kobe and Parry show that Phelps is only 6'2"
Mathew said on 16/May/13
Anywhere between 190 - 192 cm range I'd believe. No way he's 6'2", 6'3" - 6'3.5" is a much better estimate.
SAK said on 12/May/13
Lochte with 6f5 Dwyer Click Here
Lochte with 6f4 Herzlich Click Here

Clearly Lochte is not the 6f2 he gets listed as. Probably 185 in morning and drops down to 184 later in day.
Frank said on 28/Apr/13
The most realistic is around 189 cms barefoot for Phelps(6´2.25)and probably 184 cms barefoot(6´0.5)for Lochte.
DeClos is listed like 183 cms(6´)and Phelps is not a lot of taller that him...
Feanor said on 19/Apr/13
Guys, you should start paying attention and give credibility to people claiming that celebrities/polticians/sportsmen or whatever ARE almost exclusively shorter than what they claim, because THEY MET him or her. A guy here posted that he met him at a cardboard and that he looked 5.11 to him. Laughing...? Well...
As it happens , I met him too, at a cardroom at the Fox Poker Club in London during the Olympics. If this guy is 6f 4, or even 6f 3 then I am Superman, walking on water. Hopefully you can see these pics:
(if you can't access the link, log on Facebook, find Fox Poker Club, like it and look at the album photo titled Michael Phelps)
On the second picture, my friend with the grey suit who was manager there (the Fox is now closed) is genuinely about 5f 7, MAX 5f 8. Posing with bad posture, there's about 3,5/4 inches between them. Alongside Antonio Esfandiari who is 6f tall, Phelps and Antonio look rather similar in height. But more importantly I played poker with and I had a chat with him. I'm 6f, (182 barefoot). I wasn't wearing big soles or anything. Just chilling and playing cash. I pay attention to people's height (I work in Fashion, PR and movie productions). He didn't look much over 6'1 to me. He is lean but athletic, not a big guy, only muscular and long arms.
You don't believe me? I don't care. Seriously I don't. I tell you what, the reason why I posted this comment is that it does however upset me that public figures always always overestimate, knowingly, their height. As for Phelps, he is the greatest Olympian in History. People ought to know his exact height. Men are obsessed about their height and compare themselves to people they look up to. And it can have a devastating impact on their self confidence when, which is almost always the case, public figures ultimately "cheat" about how tall they are. ALL Hollywood actors wear elevator shoes, or gain extea height thanks to special inside soles. Only recently people realised that Arnold was nowhere near his 6'2 claim. All politicians do too. Obama ain't 6'2 barefoot. But he surely does look a 6'1/6'2 with extra help.
In my career I came to meet celebrities. As for many people, it strikes you that, well, they are average height or under with only a few over 6 foot. I met MJ at the WMA 2006 who contrary to his fans' stubborn belief was about 5'7, max 5'8. Will Smith whom I organize a party in a bar at the Empire following a movie premiere is a 6'0/6'1 looking guy, Eric Bana who I met through his wife, a solid 6'1, Pierce Brosnan looked 5'11/6'0 or so at Pinewwod studios, Leo is about 5'11, Eastwood looks 6'0 and Nicholson, who walked into my office looks 5'8 max. All these Celeb wear shoes. You never approach them whilst being barefoot. During public appareances they gain extra height. I met Ron Pearlman at Pinnewood Studios. This guy could look 5'11 as he could pass for a 6'1 footer depending on what shoes he was wearing. Another example is Pattinson. I was in the same room as him during a photo shoot. His model agency listed him 6'1... Pfff, He looks 6'0 max therefore 5'10/11 barefoot is about right.
Michael Phelps appeared to be a 184cm guy, he was not wearing lifts or anything.
I guess you can only tell a Celeb's height only once you met him/her, providing of course that your impression is not altered by your own false height estimation.
Get over it.
Average guy in the world is about 5'6 and in northern countries 5'8-5'9. all theses celebs are within this range with a few notable exceptions..
Lo sgozzatore said on 10/Feb/13
If you mean 6'4 in shoes, you could be right... Barefoot he really isn't over 6'3, this listing is clearly his max, he's gotta be in the 6'2-6'3 range...
Balrog said on 28/Jan/13
In the olympics was clear (at least to me) that Phelps is over 2in taller than Lochte so if Ryan is 183-185 then Michael is 189-191.
Lo sgozzatore said on 22/Jan/13
Arch, i didnt see many things of Lochte too (I neither knew his name) but i've seen some pics of him with Kellan Lutz and he just doesnt look taller than him. Now we know Lutz is a 6' range guy, so even 6'0.5 is already generous for Lochte. Prince Harry looked about 187 near Bolt, so if they looked the same height, you realise how crazy a 6'4 listing for Phelps would be. I always said 6'3 is his maximum, he's probably shorter than that. 6'2-6'3 range guy. And think that Rob thought he was really near 6'4 when i asked him
Lo sgozzatore said on 29/Dec/12
Yeah, that must be the case. He loose about an inch from morning to night and he could have been measured almost 6'4 in the morning (maybe it was a 6'3.5 measurement)... I think at his lowest he could very well be 6'2.5
Mathew said on 26/Dec/12
@Frank - No. Phelps was more 6 - 7 cm taller than Lochte.
Frank said on 26/Dec/12
¿The people is blind?it is impossible that Phelps is 7 cms taller that Lochte¡¡¡
Watching different pics, the difference is not bigger that 2 inches or 5 cms.
184 cms for Lochte(6´0".5) and 189 cms for Phelps(6´2".25)looks more logical.
The Horse of FUNK said on 7/Dec/12
I bet Phelps loses at least an inch over the course of the day. At least an inch.
SAK said on 7/Dec/12
Lochte 184cm
Phelps 191cm

A few others also said this.
Arch Stanton said on 7/Dec/12
Anonymous1 says on 5/Dec/12
Wow those are some unusual proportions there, unless it's the camera angle.
His arms are close to the same length as his legs!

Well he has a 6'8" range torso and arms on the legs of a 5 ft 10 guy so yeah, gonna look weird! As I think I said before, if you put Phelps's torso on Clint Eastwood or Conan o Brien's legs he'd clear 7 ft !
Anonymous1 said on 5/Dec/12
Wow those are some unusual proportions there, unless it's the camera angle.
His arms are close to the same length as his legs!
Arch Stanton said on 25/Nov/12
FACE says on 18/Nov/12
Phelps 6'3 (191 cm)
Lochte 6'0.5 (184 cm)

Lochte actually looked the exact same height as Prince Harry, and if you see Prince Harry next to Usain Bolt he's not under 187cm.
Jay said on 16/Nov/12
He's 6'3 people not under.
Lo sgozzatore said on 11/Nov/12
Not only next to basketball players, but also next to swimmers and other people he didnt look anything over 6'3, sometimes he even looks closer to 6'2!
Arch Stanton said on 11/Nov/12
Well in all honesty next to the basketball players he didn't look anything over 6'3". but that depends on Kobe being 6'4.75" or 6'5.5".
Lo sgozzatore said on 10/Nov/12
Arch, seriously, when does he look 6'3.5? O_O
I think there's much more probability that he's under 6'3 than over!
Arch Stanton said on 9/Nov/12
Rob do you think 6'3.25" might be better? He can look 6'3.5" a lot so maybe 6'3.25" would be a reasonable guess in between?
Lo sgozzatore said on 6/Nov/12
Rob, how tall you think the other guy is? Click Here
He's been a famous italian skier and he gets listed at 182, but he never looked that tall to me... Considering Phelps is max 6'3, i doubt he's any taller than 5'10.5...
[Editor Rob: that phelps eyes are raised a little so possibly he's almost 180 rather than 182...unless phelps really was 6ft 4, which I doubt.]
bob said on 5/Nov/12
I saw him in a cardboard cutout in Subway and he was about 5'11" TOPS
Lo Sgozzatore said on 3/Nov/12
Not over 190 cm! Lochte recently looked about the same height, if not shorter, of Kellan Lutz, who is a legit 6'! Phelps looks less than 2 inches taller than Lochte, that would make him even less than 6'2... But i like him and he generally looks close to 6'3... 6'2.5 is a fair guess for him!
Tom said on 2/Nov/12
I belong to Phelps's swim club in Baltimore (Meadowbrook) and have stood next to him barefoot; he's about 6'4" but his lankiness does make him appear taller; attitude when I've seen him around the pool is somewhat aloof/unapproachable, which is understandable given that was obviously focused on training at the time.
greg said on 1/Nov/12
long torso, short legs. definitely around 6'4
matt678 said on 28/Oct/12
phelps hunches a lot and doesnt reallley care about his height 6ft3.5 i think is more corrct
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 25/Oct/12
Lochte 186-187cm
Phelps 191-192cm
Mathew said on 11/Oct/12
Tony says on 8/Oct/12
I still don't see Lochte being over 6'1


I tend to agree, I think Phelps looks 2" - 2.5" inches taller. Lochte was listed at 6'1" in college, and that looks closer to the truth than the 6'2" listing in London.
balrog said on 10/Oct/12
Phelps has the arms and torso of a 6'8'' guy and the legs of a 5'10'' men. Really weird proportions.
sprint84 said on 10/Oct/12
I think he's probably a little over 6'3" in the morning and in the mid-6’2” range during the day. Not a downgrader, just basing it on how he looks next to other athletes and celebrities.
I’m also not as awed by his torso/arm length as others are. For some reason, Phelps wears his tiny trunks as low as possible, and it makes his torso appear much longer than it really is. Put him in regular clothes and his proportions normalize quite a bit. And his arms are long, but not abnormally so -- a disparity of 4” between height and wingspan is really not exceptional, especially for an athlete.
I believe Phelps’ greatness comes from practice, fitness, and technique – not so much from having superhuman physical proportions.
balrog said on 10/Oct/12
Phelps 6'3""
Lochte 6'.75''
Tony said on 8/Oct/12
I still don't see Lochte being over 6'1
Click Here
The tall guy in the back is J.R. smith who was measured at 6'5 and a half looks almost 5 inches taller than Lochte when Lochte has a shoe advantage
Shaun said on 5/Oct/12
Nick NB says on 30/Sep/12
After having watched the London 2012 Olympics Live, there is no room for doubt when I decree him to be 6'4" (1.93 m).

The evidence that he is 6'4" (1.93 m) is incontrovertible as in his various medicals, which are carried out by qualified and professional Medics and Doctors each and every year, he is measured precisely; the results of his medicals are published and obviously accurate. Furthermore, Physics has proven that a person's height must match or at least correlate to his or hers arm span length; again various medicals have shown his arm span to be 6'4" (1.93 m).

Uh, no, his arm span has been measured at 6 ft 7-8 and he is known to be a physical freak of nature with the torso of a 6 ft 8 guy and legs of a 5'10 guy. Basketball players are "measured by professional medics and doctors" and are listed 1-1.5 inches higher than they actually are a lot. There is many inconsistencies in sports measurements. From my experience the measurements which generally seem genuine barefoot measurements are NFL players.
Shaun said on 5/Oct/12
Nick NB "He's also a typical Aryan guy; Tall: Blond Hair: Blue Eyes." What on earth are you talking about? Phelps is dark haired and dark eyed and looks more Greek than fair. you must be Indian/Asian to have this Aryan obsession as many do.
Nick NB said on 30/Sep/12
After having watched the London 2012 Olympics Live, there is no room for doubt when I decree him to be 6'4" (1.93 m).

The evidence that he is 6'4" (1.93 m) is incontrovertible as in his various medicals, which are carried out by qualified and professional Medics and Doctors each and every year, he is measured precisely; the results of his medicals are published and obviously accurate. Furthermore, Physics has proven that a person's height must match or at least correlate to his or hers arm span length; again various medicals have shown his arm span to be 6'4" (1.93 m). He's also a typical Aryan guy; Tall: Blond Hair: Blue Eyes.

He is evidently a sensational swimmer; one only has to look at his status in the Olympic Games Record Book; he's got top spot and thus is the most decorated Olympian in all of time!

I am also inspired by the former Olympian sprinter and Athlete Michael Johnson who now works as a presenter for the BBC; from seeing him sprint at the Olympics and present the Olympics for the BBC, I do not think 6'1.5" (1.87 m) would be a stretch to far for him; he always looks tall.

His obvious intellect is noteworthy and is evident in his philosophy and approach to life which I would say is rational and impressive. He draws his inspiration from inspiring songs such as Eminem's Detroit, Michigan, U.S.A. 8 Mile song 'Lose Yourself' and Al Green's 'Tired Of Being Alone'.

A five time Olympic Game Champion shows his remarkable record in Athletics but he is one of a kind in so many aspects and the world needs more people like him!

Finally, I am inspired by the former England Centre-Forward Alan Shearer who now works as a presenter for the BBC; from watching him playing football in the various international tournaments, such as the FIFA World Cups and UEFA European Championships, and presenting for the BBC, 6'0" (1.83 m) sounds completely certain.

His England goal to match ratio at 30 goals in 63 caps shows his sheer class; it's every striker's dream to have roughly 1 goal every 2 appearances. Look past his Blond Hair and into his fierce Blue Eyes, a tall, strong and determined agent with sheer might and calibre will emerge as well as all those spectacular screaming goals of his, which followed firework like trajectories; rapid twisting and turning and completely indomitable.

A genuinely nice guy, except deadly when the circumstances deemed it necessary, and a great sportsman. In addition, he was, as so many managers have commented, the complete centre-forward; he possessed great strength, height, aerial ability and a deadly punishing finish. A truly unique and once in a lifetime talent!
Mathew said on 26/Sep/12
Rob, when you list Michael at 6'3", would you imagine he'd be 1 cm taller than me? I'm 191 cm morning and 189 cm before bed. It could mean that his almost 6'4" claim is true as a morning measurement, but mid-day he'd be 6'3".
[Editor Rob: shrinking 2cm for 6ft 3-4 men is more likely than shorter men, so a guy who dips to 6ft 3 could be close to 6ft 4 when rising from bed. ]
Frank said on 23/Sep/12
I think too that Phelps is around 6'2".25 or 6'2".5, no 6'3"
Kobe Bryant is max 6'5" barefoot and he is clearly taller,i would tell +2 inches, i would tell around 2.5 inches.
And yes, with good shoes, Phelps is 6'4", but barefoot sure 100% no.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 22/Sep/12
Chad Le Close looks around 1.5in shorter than Phelps. Probably similiar to Lochte in height.
Shaun said on 19/Sep/12
I thought Chad le Clos was like 6'5" or something. His father looks a huge heavily built man who gave off a similar height but at least 300 pounds.
hahaha_XD said on 19/Sep/12
I don't think he's anything taller than listed but I also don't think he's anything shorter than listed. 6'3" for him is right on, me thinks. Mathew and I could be right though about his posture. Phelps can look anything between 6'2.5" and 6'3.5" depending on his posture and/or whom he's with.
Mathew said on 18/Sep/12
Mr. R says on 16/Sep/12
Michael is more 6-3.5


6'3" and change could be the answer. His posture is sometimes not great, so he could be a guy who can look like a weak 6'3" some times but actually would measure 6'3.5".
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 16/Sep/12
I agree Mr. R.

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