Bob Bowman announces Michael Phelps’ return to the pool in a meet being help in late April in Mesa, Arizona, after his near 2-year retirement since the London Olympic games. There is a possibility he may return for Rio Olympic games in 2016.
CHICAGO,IL – April 14,2014 – Michael Phelps will be returning to the pool on April 24th through the 26th competing in the 50 and 100 meter freestyle, along with the 100 meter butterfly. He has recently returned back to training and re-entered himself into the U.S. drug-testing program. The 6-month wait is over and he is now eligible to compete.
Phelps retired from competition back in 2012 after the Olympics in London, and has been occupied with swim schools, and a foundation devoted to water-safety. He also took the time to play golf.
“He’s really doing this because he wants to — there’s no outside pressure at all.” says coach Bob Bowman on Phelps’ return. Even if the two-year retirement affects Phelps’ skills in the pool, “his legacy is sealed.” There really is nothing for Phelps to lose upon his return. If he does not dominate in his upcoming competitions, his reputation will most likely remain intact, according to Coach Bowman.
Bowman says that while Phelps’ “pretty far” from top form, he has gotten into good shape, and will be able to make a strong effort in these upcoming races without embarrassment. Phelps will most likely keep to the short meter races and maybe…