Michael Phelps Ends Retirement
Looks to Rio
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On April 24 to 26, Michael Phelps will compete for the first time since the London Olympics. According to the Associated Press, the 22-time Olympic medalist will swim the 100-meter butterfly and the 50- and 100-meter freestyle events at the Arena Grand Prix in Mesa, Arizona. The meet is likely a first step toward the 2016 Games in Rio.
“I think he’s just going to test the waters a little bit and see how it goes,” said Phelps’s coach, Bob Bowman. “I wouldn’t say it’s a full-fledged comeback.”
Phelps, who turns 29 in June, could conceivably compete for at least another decade. After all, five-time Olympic swimmer Dara Torres took home two silver medals at the Beijing Games at the age of 41.