April 14, 2014 |
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.
April 24, 2014 |
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.
June 17, 2011 |
Reporting from Santa Clara, Calif. — Eight, apparently, was just enough. Swim icon Michael Phelps couldn't have been more emphatic on the burning topic of again trying to go after eight Olympic gold medals. There is no doubt he won't be winning eight gold medals because he said he won't be competing in eight events in 2012. Been there, done that. But that is only part of it. Phelps pulled off the record, three summers ago at the Olympics in Beijing. He won five individual gold medals and three more in the relays.
July 2, 2012 |
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, cut his London event schedule to seven on Monday. Phelps captured the attention of Americans — even those who barely pay attention to swimming — with his quest to win eight gold medals in Beijing. Bob Bowman, the coach for Phelps, said there would be no regrets about skipping out on the chance for an encore. "No one should be expected to do that twice," Bowman said.
August 1, 2012 |
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.
June 28, 2012 |
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.