Michael Phelps to Participate in 2016 Summer Olympics?

Michael Phelps claims his swimming career was over at the conclusion of the 2012 London Olympics but now remains unsure about his plans for the 2016 games in Rio de Janeiro.

Jul 29 2013, 9:53pm CDT | by

Michael Phelps to Participate in 2016 Summer Olympics?
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Will Michael Phelps take the plunge into swimming again?

Phelps made it clear his swimming career was over at the conclusion of the 2012 London Olympics but is now in a state of uncertainty, with participating in the 2016 Rio de Janeiro games a possibility.  

When asked by the media at the world swimming championships in Barcelona about this, Phelps said he hasn't looked that far into the future. He showed up wearing a large boot cast on his right ankle and foot, an injury he sustained while playing golf when he stepped into a hole. 

All he can say is he doesn't know what's going to happen in the days ahead. 

"I don't know what's going to happen in the future. I don't know what's going to happen tomorrow.

"I don't know. We're in 2013. There's nothing in the works right now."

However, no less than fellow Olympic gold medalist Ryan Lochte says Phelps will be back

"I think we all know by now that Michael is coming back. I don't think it's really a surprise. It's just a matter of time when he gets back into the full swing of training."

Jay Hart of Yahoo! Sports says Phelps "still has a competitive itch." Hart writes Phelps feels he could have competed in Barcelona, even oberving he didn't like the way the United States lost in the 400-meter freestyle relay. Phelps said,"I definitely could have hopped up." 

He even said "everything" when asked what he misses the most about being part of the American national team

A Swimming World Magazine even showcased a photo of himself and longtime coach Bob Bowman at the Meadowbrook Aquatic Center, feeding speculation that he's on the comeback trail. However, Bowman insisted it was for a photo shoot with one of Phelps' sponsors and not an actual workout. 

Aside from playing golf, Phelps also devotes some of his time to a series of swim schools and a foundation devoted to water safety

Phelps, the United States' most renowned swimmer in the Olympic stage, retired after the London games with a record 22 career medals. 



Poch de la Rosa follows all major U.S. sports: NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL and the NCAA. His favorite teams are the Colts, Braves, Pacers, Sharks and Irish, respectively.


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