Here is Michael Phelps on the cover of Sports Illustrated magazine, posing a striking resemblance to the famous Mark Spitz Sports Illustrated cover from 1972. The magazine hits the newsstands on Friday, so pick up a copy for an interview and photos of the greatest Olympian in history.

Phelps won 8 gold medals at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, 6 more at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece. And he is not done yet. He expects to compete for more gold at the 2012 London Olympics. We expect Michael Phelps to be on the cover of Sports Illustrated many more times. He is the human dolphin, after all.

This issue will sell out like nobody’s business. Expect it to be one of the most famous SI covers in magazine history, and there have been many famous ones.

Some people are thinking and asking silly questions around the internet if Michael Phelps is gay as if it matters. The boyish cover will perhaps stir more questions, although there does not appear to be a shred of evidence that Michael Phelps is gay. Nor does it matter. Why should it matter to anyone if the greatest Olympian in human history is straight or not?

In fact, there are opposite rumors that Michael Phelps girlfriend might be hot swimmer Amanda Beard (denied) or British model Lily Donaldson. Phelps doesn’t share his private life with the media which is good for him and refreshing. Here is what he has said about his dating life when asked who he is dating:

“Part of my life is kept to myself. I’m able to relax and be with my friends. Those pretty much are the only people who really know the answer to that question.”