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.
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.
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.
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.
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.