Next week Michael Phelps is expected to be back in the pool to swim competitively for the first time since the London Olympics. Phelps plans on swimming the 50m and 100m freestyles and 100m butterfly in the Mesa Grand Prix in Arizona (Apr 24-26).
Bob Bowman, Phelps’ longtime coach told The Associated Press, “I think he’s just going to test the waters a little bit and see how it goes. I wouldn’t say it’s a full-fledged comeback.” Bowman had said that Phelps would more than likely participate in a meet “sometime soon.”
After Phelps the all-time Olympic medals record at the 2012 Olympics had declared he was retiring.
Phelps recently posted this on Facebook:
We shall see if the 28 year-old swimmer will enter the U.S. Championships in California this August. If he does and is selected he will move on to the Pan Pacific Championships in Australia and the 2015 World Championships.
Ryan Lochte, fellow Olympian, is also expected to swim at the event.