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.
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.
August 2, 2010 |
The new suits … the same as the old suits? Not quite, but you get the idea. Swimmers at this week's U.S. national championships in Irvine are slipping back in time, in terms of suit technology, and the most-decorated one of all, Michael Phelps , is embracing the development with his long wingspan. "I've said this before and I'll say it again: It's really going to be interesting to see who can make the transition," Phelps said Monday. "It's going to show who is willing to put in more work, to be able to be in better physical shape.
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.
August 4, 2012 |
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.
July 29, 2009 |
Down goes Phelps. It was bound to happen some day to Michael Phelps. But not this way and not in this race and certainly not at the hands of a relatively anonymous German swimmer with an exceedingly modest resume. Paul Biedermann shed his anonymity only days ago when he broke a vaunted world record in the 400-meter freestyle. On Tuesday, he shed Phelps, handing the swim icon his first loss in about four years in an individual event at a major international meet.