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Michael Phelps Coming Out of Retirement

 
Michael Phelps Coming Out of Retirement
Posted Monday, April 14th 2014 @ 9am

Michael Phelps is coming out of retirement, the first step toward possibly swimming at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

The 22-time Olympic medalist will compete for the first time since the 2012 London Games at a meet in Mesa, Ariz., from April 24 to 26.

Bob Bowman, the swimmer's longtime coach, told The Associated Press on Monday that Phelps is entered in three events - the 50- and 100-meter freestyles and the 100 butterfly.

"I think he's just going to test the waters a little bit and see how it goes," Bowman said by phone from Baltimore. "I wouldn't say it's a full-fledged comeback."

Phelps returned to training last fall and re-entered the U.S. drug-testing program.

He has completed his six-month waiting period by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency to be eligible for competition.

Phelps turns 29 in June and is the winningest and most decorated athlete in Olympic history. 

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