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November 22, 1992 | BOB POOL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Although they haven't completely turned the corner on boredom, jurors in Pasadena are certainly turning the page. Those waiting around to be picked for trials at the Walnut Street courthouse can thank Bob Bowman's periodical visits for that. As he has done each week for eight years, 84-year-old Bowman wheels a cart loaded with free magazines into the jury assembly room every Friday morning. These aren't dogeared National Geographics or ancient Newsweeks, either.
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April 24, 2014 | By David Wharton
MESA, Ariz. - If Michael Phelps had a number in mind for his first time back in the pool - the first step in his comeback - he was keeping it to himself. After finishing as the fastest qualifier in the 100-meter butterfly at a Grand Prix meet in Arizona on Thursday, Phelps would say only that it felt good to swim competitively again. "I wanted to get out there," he said. "I wanted to get this first race done. " The 22-time Olympic medalist and his coach, Bob Bowman, took a few moments to review videotape of the preliminary heat before meeting with reporters.
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January 16, 2010 | By Lisa Dillman
The swimsuit controversy threatening to overtake swimming officially came to a close at the end of 2009. This doesn't mean, however, there won't be a ripple effect in 2010 and beyond. With a return to the textile suit, and a recently imposed ban on high-tech polyurethane bodysuits, there are several remaining questions. World records almost lost their prestige during the frenzy of the last two years, so, how hard will it be to break one now? "I think it'll be interesting to see which record goes down first," said swim star Michael Phelps.
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April 14, 2014 | By Houston Mitchell
All of you who, in your office pool, had Michael Phelps returning to competition in April 2014 can smile today. Phelps, a 22-time Olympic medalist, is scheduled to compete for the first time since the 2012 London Games at a swim meet April 24-26 in Mesa, Ariz. Phelps is entered in three events - the 50-meter freestyle, the 100-meter freestyle and the 100 butterfly. “I think he's just going to test the waters a little bit and see how it goes,” Bob Bowman, the swimmer's longtime coach, told the Associated Press.
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April 14, 2014 | By Philip Hersh
Olympic swimming legend Michael Phelps plans to return to competition at the Arena Grand Prix on April 24-26 in Mesa, Ariz., a decision that could lead to a fifth Olympic appearance at Rio in 2016. Phelps, 28, has not competed since the 2012 London Olympics, where he won four gold and six total medals, giving him Olympic career records for both (18 and 22.) Phelps' coach, Bob Bowman, told the Chicago Tribune on March 25 the swimmer would probably get into a meet "sometime soon.
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April 24, 2014 | By David Wharton
MESA, Ariz. - If Michael Phelps had a number in mind for his first time back in the pool - the first step in his comeback - he was keeping it to himself. After finishing as the fastest qualifier in the 100-meter butterfly at a Grand Prix meet in Arizona on Thursday, Phelps would say only that it felt good to swim competitively again. "I wanted to get out there," he said. "I wanted to get this first race done. " The 22-time Olympic medalist and his coach, Bob Bowman, took a few moments to review videotape of the preliminary heat before meeting with reporters.
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June 28, 2012 | Bill Shaikin
Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte stood atop the awards podium, awaiting the medals that would signify just how fast they were. Amid the music, the lights and the celebration of two more entries in London, Lochte turned to Phelps and basically said: Dude, we're too slow. Phelps won Round 2 of America's greatest swimming rivalry Wednesday, beating Lochte by five-hundredths of a second in the 200-meter freestyle. Lochte edged Phelps on Monday in the 400 individual medley, with as many as four more duels possible by the end of the U.S. Olympic trials.
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July 1, 2012 | By Bill Shaikin
OMAHA - The best Michael Phelps can do in London is eight gold medals, same as he did in Beijing. So how could he possibly do better this time? "It depends upon what better is," said his coach, Bob Bowman . Phelps said Sunday he has goals for London, but he declined to share them. He could become the first swimmer to win the same event in three consecutive Olympics. With three medals - of any kind - he would have more medals than any athlete in Olympic history.
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July 2, 2012 | By Bill Shaikin, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
OMAHA - The most compelling story line of the 2008 Olympics will not be repeated in 2012. Michael Phelps, who won a record eight gold medals in 2008, withdrew from the U.S. team in the 200 men's freestyle on Monday. Phelps had qualified for eight events in the Olympic trials, which end Monday night. His coach, Bob Bowman, announced Phelps' withdrawal via Twitter on Monday morning. "This will give him a full slate of 7 events," Bowman wrote. "This change will allow him to focus more energy on relays for Team USA. " Ryan Lochte, who rose up as Phelps' foil over the past four years, also is eligible to swim seven events in London.
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November 14, 2013 | Wire reports
Michael Phelps has rejoined the U.S. drug testing program, the strongest signal yet that he's planning a comeback for the Rio Olympics. Phelps told the Associated Press on Thursday that "nothing is set in stone" though clearly he has enjoyed getting back into shape - he's down about 15 pounds - and working out with his former team at the North Baltimore Aquatic Club. "If I decide to keep going and swim again, then I'll compete," Phelps told the AP in an exclusive telephone interview from Minneapolis, where he is attending an Arena Grand Prix meet this weekend.
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November 14, 2013 | Wire reports
Michael Phelps has rejoined the U.S. drug testing program, the strongest signal yet that he's planning a comeback for the Rio Olympics. Phelps told the Associated Press on Thursday that "nothing is set in stone" though clearly he has enjoyed getting back into shape - he's down about 15 pounds - and working out with his former team at the North Baltimore Aquatic Club. "If I decide to keep going and swim again, then I'll compete," Phelps told the AP in an exclusive telephone interview from Minneapolis, where he is attending an Arena Grand Prix meet this weekend.
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August 4, 2012 | By Bill Shaikin
LONDON - It is not the American way for an athlete to bid farewell from the top of the mountain. There is always one more season, one more challenge, one more contract. Willie Mays stumbled infamously around center field. Brett Favre made a mockery of the word "retirement. " Shaquille O'Neal morphed into The Big Bit Player. Michael Phelps did it his way, this way: Gold. Gold. Gold. Gold. Gone. "I did everything I wanted to," he said. "If you can say that about your career, there is no need to move forward.
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August 1, 2012 | Bill Shaikin
Michael Phelps shared his celebration with a pool and a world. He put his arm around the South African kid who had just beaten him in one of his signature races, guiding the protege through the medal protocol. He went out of his way to compliment a French sprinter on what he thought was one of the five best swims of all time. He gathered his relay teammates to thank them for their help, and to tell them he might be too choked up to sing the national anthem. And then he left the pool, with a giddy smile and the greatest collection of medals any Olympian has ever seen.
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August 1, 2012 | By Bill Shaikin
LONDON -- The Olympic flame will be extinguished in 10 days, and with it America's love affair with swimming. Michael Phelps will retire, and we'll see the rest of the U.S. swimmers come the next Olympics. That is not the Australian way. The sport is a national passion, commanding attention year in and year out. Americans just wouldn't understand. But trash talk? Americans understand that perfectly well, and that is what made the men's 100-meter freestyle Wednesday so compelling.
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July 30, 2012 | By Bill Shaikin
LONDON — In the first three days of the Olympic swimming meet, the United States has set one world record. Dana Vollmer did that. Matt Grevers set an Olympic record. Missy Franklin set an American record. The two cover boys of the U.S. team, Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte, have set no records. Lochte won gold in the 400-meter individual medley on Saturday — and declared, "This is my time" — then stumbled to fourth in the 200 freestyle on Monday. Phelps tumbled to fourth in the 400 IM on Saturday.
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July 28, 2012 | By Bill Shaikin
- He has posed, shirtless, for the cover of Vogue. He has worn high-top shoes with wings, decorated in red, white and blue. He has sold lime-green novelty glasses with his pet phrase - JEAH! - shading the eyes. His marketing team has advertised him as the next big thing in American swimming, the fun-loving successor to the decorated but dour Michael Phelps. An image is one thing. A champion is quite another. Ryan Lochte walked the walk Saturday, blowing away Phelps and flirting with a world record in winning the 400-meter individual medley, the first and possibly most grueling swimming event of the Olympics.
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May 23, 1987 | MIKE HISERMAN, Times Staff Writer
Media guides tend to accent the positive, which is probably why the College of the Canyons baseball book talks about pitcher Bob Bowman's "exceptional pickoff moves and quick windup" rather than his fastball. Maybe the author of that line didn't realize that such flattery would make people more wary of Bowman than confident in his ability to get batters out.
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July 28, 2012 | Bill Plaschke
LONDON - The torch wasn't exactly passed. The torch was fumbled and dropped and floating alongside the thrashing Michael Phelps before Ryan Lochte cradled it in his giant grip and sprinted to the wall. Lochte became the best swimmer in the United States on Saturday night, but it didn't happen the way it was supposed to happen. He didn't steal the title in a dramatic duel with one of the greatest of Olympians. He casually picked it off the weary flotsam of a shrugging hero who seems less interested and more confused with every lap. Ryan Lochte shined, but the bigger story was Michael Phelps' sinking.
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