Michael Phelps unretires in advance of 2016 Olympics
Olympics, Summer, Michael Phelps

Michael Phelps comes out of retirement, will return to competitive swimming

4/14/14 in Olympics, Summer   |   JoeKukura   |   492 respect

Blog Photo - Michael Phelps unretires in advance of 2016 OlympicsThe athlete with the most Olympic medals in history is dipping his toes back in the pool for more. Michael Phelps, the four-time Olympian with 22 medals, has announced the he is coming out of retirement to compete again. Phelps is entering three separate events this spring, and may compete to swim for Team USA at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio.

Phelps' legacy as the most successful Olympic athlete is already set. Phelps has 18 gold medals, the most for any Olympic competitor ever. He has twice as many gold medals as his closest competitor, Carl Lewis (who has 9). Michael Phelps also holds the record for the most gold medals won at a single Olympics (he won 8 in Beijing in 2008). Phelps currently holds three world records, but retired after competing in the 2012 Olympics in London.

And now he will unretire. The Associated Press broke the news that Michael Phelps is coming out of retirement to swim competitively again. Phelps will compete at the Arena Grand Prix Series in Mesa, Arizona on April 24-26, and has registered in two other Grand Prix Series events.

Blog Photo - Michael Phelps unretires in advance of 2016 Olympics"I wouldn’t say it’s a full-fledged comeback," Phelps' longtime coach Bob Bowman told the Associated Press."He enjoys the training and being physically fit. He just kind of wants to see where he’s at. It’s more really for fun. It’s been nice for me to see him swim just for the joy of it really."

Phelps himself has not commented, and there is no indication that Phelps will compete in the 2016 Olympics.

"He doesn't have anything to prove," Coach Bowman told Reuters. "His legacy is sealed forever and he is just doing it because he loves to swim."
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