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 28, 2012 |
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.
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 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.
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.