Michael Phelps’ Olympics 2016 plans may be back on track now that he’s pulled off his first win since the 2012 London Olympics.
In a related report by The Inquisitr, coach Bob Bowman confirmed that Phelps’ retirement ended in 2014 and he will be tossing himself back into the pool for three events. Phelps will compete in the 50 and 100-meter freestyle, and the 100 butterfly, which is the event he just won with a time of 52.13 seconds.
Phelps is a 22-time Olympic winner, making him the most celebrated Olympic swimmers ever. In the 2012 London Games he took home six medals, four of those gold and two silver. Back in 2008, Phelps broke Mark Spitz’s record for a single Olympics win by taking home eight gold medals. But Bob Bowman admitted Michael Phelps’ Olympics 2016 plans are not set in stone:
“I think he’s just really enjoying it. 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.”
This story has not change that much. Back in the fall, Phelps started the process for being drug tested so he could compete in this year’s events. This is what Bowman had to say at the time:
“It’s premature to say that. What we’re doing is kind of letting him have his options. He came back this fall and started to do some training with the group, mainly just to get in shape. He just felt like he was not fit. He wasn’t. He’s occasionally been training. He’s picked it up a little more. We were just thinking about it, and I said, ‘You know, you’re getting in pretty good shape, maybe you want to swim in a meet?’ He said, ‘Well, maybe at some point.’ “
Phelps has also enjoyed tweaking the fantasies of his fans by making cryptic statements and sending out suggestive tweets. Still, the rumors about Michael Phelps’ Olympics 2016 plans were given a shot in the arm recently when everyone noticed the blatant message on his swim cap. While practicing for the men’s 100-meter butterfly at the Charlotte Grand Prix, he was spotted with a swim cap that read “NBAC” on one side, which refers to Phelps’ swim club, but the other side said Rio 2016, the site of the 2016 Olympics.
Bowman put the cap into perspective by comparing Phelps to another memorable personage:
“Mozart should make music as long as he likes to make music. By the same token, it should be good music.”
Assuming that winning first place is “good music,” this might be the only hint we’ll get to Michael Phelps’ Olympics 2016 plans for the moment.
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