Michael Phelps Could Be Making A Comeback
Ellisha Rader Mannering
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Michael Phelps has won 18 gold medals and 22 medals over all, and may be coming back for more. According to his coach, Phelps has already started the anti-doping program, could be participating in an event this spring, and may be joining the U.S. team for the 2015 World Championships.
Phelps retired from swimming a few years ago and until recently has been downplaying rumors that claim he will be returning to competitions and possibly the Olympics. Phelps’s coach recently hinted that the rumors may be true after all.
“If he swims a meet in the next couple months and does well, he will probably give it a shot in Irvine,” coach Bowman said. “But he doesn’t have to do that to have a shot at the 2016 Olympics.”
Bowman also said that Phelps is still in great shape and has been training four to five days per week. He also recently participated in one of Bowman’s programs at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
If Phelps does join the U.S. team, he will compete this summer in Irvine, California as part of the selection process for the ’15 World Championships. Although Phelps is an amazing athlete and swimmer, comebacks aren’t always easy.
Phelps has not confirmed or denied the recent rumors and his hardcore training seems to suggest that he is indeed interested in returning to the sport and earning more Olympic medals. Time will tell if he makes a comeback or not.
Do you think Phelps will return to swimming this summer?
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