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.
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, 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.
July 10, 2009 |
Michael Phelps has always been a little obsessed with numbers, to the point where they sometimes pop up in his dreams. But over the last four years, no number has rattled around inside his head more than 50.40. It represented the world record time in the 100-meter butterfly. It belonged, though, to American Ian Crocker, who set that mark in 2005 in a race in which he beat Phelps by more than a full second.
July 28, 2012 |
- 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.
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.