Michael Phelps Reveals More About His Olympic Schedule – Gold Medal Minute Video

  44 Gold Medal Mel Stewart | June 16th, 2014 | Featured, Gold Medal Minute, International, News, Video | Sponsored by: Swimoutlet.com

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Michael Phelps, 2014 Charlotte Grand Prix (Courtesy of Mike Lewis)

Michael Phelps, 2014 Charlotte Grand Prix (Courtesy of Mike Lewis)

Michael Phelps, the greatest Olympian of all-time, reveals more about his event schedule as we near USA Swimming’s 2014 Phillips 66 National Championships (and the Pac Pacific Championships and 2015 FINA World Championships selection meet).

200 butterfly and 400 IM are off the table

400 IM was not a surprise. 200 butterfly is a head-scratcher, leaving everyone wondering, why not?  Phelps-fans see 200 butterfly as an easier path to an additional Olympic medal. Phelps could probably get on the 2016 Olympic Games podium in the 200 fly using muscle memory alone.

100 butterfly, 100 freestyle and 200 IM are on the table

200 freestyle is as well, though, at this point, 200 free appears to be a relay attempt.  With 100 fly, 100 free, 200 IM and the 4×200 free, Phelps is back to a very robust event schedule, potentially swimming 6 events at international competitions for Team USA, provided he makes the 400 medley relay and 400 freestyle relay.

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Comments

    • bobo gigi says:
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      :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
      What does he do in Brazil?
      It’s pathetic.
      Another good thing for our reputation. :cry:
      Fortunately we haven’t sent Frank Ribéry to the world cup!
      He would have done some damages! :lol:
      I’m not interested at all in the soccer world cup but your Brazilian police officers should make one or two visits in the hotel rooms of some teams. I’m sure they would find weird things. :mrgreen:

      • Ben says:
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        Its not quite the same as bribery in other countries… much more culturally accepted practice there

      • aswimfan says:
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        Well, the Spanish doctor who was on a trial revealed that most football stars playing in the Spanish league were given PED, as well as those teams in the last European Champs and world cup.

      • ERVINFORTHEWIN says:
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        he could have just gone to Holland ! its safe and permitted LOL ! not smart at all .

  1. bobo gigi says:
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    To come back to the topic of this article, there are no surprises here.
    200 fly and 400 IM? No. It’s too hard now. It requires so many yards of training. So many yards. So much training.
    200 free? Yes, perhaps but only for the relay.
    100 free? Perhaps MP will try in individual but I see more that event for the relay.
    200 IM? There’s a possibility. It’s the big question for me. But it requires a work in every stroke in training. It depends if he wants to focus only on sprint or if he is opened to another thing.
    100 fly? Yes of course.

    • Rafael says:
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      That schedule was expected…
      100/200 free for relay purposes (He would need to much training to beat Adrian and Feigen at Trials, and even being able to get a individual spot on 200, beating Agnel Sun Park is tought.. really tough)

      100 fly he can focus on a sub-51 and go after crocker times, but a 50,7 might be enough to hold Le Clos.. 200 IM was a obvious choice

      • Gold Medal Mel Stewart says:
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        100 fly…. I’m thinking 50.47 right now for Phelps. After the Santa Clara GP we’ll know a lot more.

    • Gold Medal Mel Stewart says:
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      100 free. Prediction: 47.3.

    • Floppy says:
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      YARDS???

      Don’t you mean METERS? Or METRES?

  2. aswimfan says:
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    I still think that swimming individual 100 free/fly will maximize his chances of four-peating 100 fly.
    But of course he will swim 100 fly and 200 IM instead.

  3. samuel huntington says:
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    topic for discussion: many folks call Phelps the greatest Olympian of all time. He may be the best swimmer of all time, but is he really the best Olympian of all time? is there any other sport where someone can earn 8 medals in one games? track would be what – 100, 200, 400, 800, 4X100, 4X200, long jump, triple jump?!? that is impossible. I am curious to know what the best athletes in other sports have accomplished in other sports and compare them to what Phelps has done. This is solely an inquiry because I really don’t know about other sports. Positive comments would be appreciated.

    • Steve Nolan says:
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      Carl Lewis comes to mind. Won the long jump 4 straight Olympics, plus a buttload of 100m, 200m and 4×1 medals through that run.

    • liquidassets says:
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      I think gymnastics may come the closest– I believe 6 medals possible per Olympics.

    • Sven says:
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      I’ve had this conversation with non-swimmer friends. I agree, to an extent, that having multiple races of the same distance but with different rules on how to cover that distance is a bit unique to swimming and clouds up the “greatest ever” debate. In track terms, I’d compare it to the straight up dash (“freestyle”) vs. a hurdle race (“butterfly”), except there’s also a one legged hopping race (“backstroke”) and a bear crawl (“breaststroke”) race of the same distance, plus another event that combines the four. So yeah, in that respect, an athlete whose energy systems and training favor that distance could conceivably have a shot at five individual medals if they put in the technical work.

      At the same time, though, my justification of Phelps’ title isn’t the eight gold medals in one Olympics or the billion career Olympic golds. It’s the prelim, semifinal, and final swims that all had to be planned and executed perfectly in order to get those medals. Yeah, the 400 IM was only prelim/final, and he didn’t have to swim prelims of the relays, but to swim a massive program like that and win everything (with help from Jason Lezak and Mike Cavic) is astounding. Growing up, I felt absolutely exhausted after a meet with seven or eight total swims. I think his total was something closer to 17, with some races back-to-back. Even dogging the prelim a bit because you know you’ll make semi’s still takes a toll on the body.

      That’s my rationale, anyway. I’m happy to take part in the meat of the argument, but I’d be hard-pressed to take a side either way. 2008 Usain Bolt was absolutely incredible, with relatively minimal technological advantage over old WR’s, and head and shoulders above his peers. Carl Lewis was absurdly gifted. Spitz, Latynina, etc. can’t be ignored either. So, I dunno, with my horribly biased position toward swimming, the fact that I didn’t get to watch Spitz or Lewis do their thing, and the fact that I’m far from being an Olympic historian in non-swimming sports, I have to say I think Phelps is the best, but they’re all incredibly admirable freaks in my book.

    • Mcgillrocks says:
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      Swimming is a little medal inflated, especially with 3 relays. You could say Missy will win maybe 10 medals just for making the American team by the end of her career (with all due respect, the US is a medal lock in almost every relay. Gold is another story.)

      However, what Phelps has done cannot be denied. You maybe could say that the 100/200 fly are a little redundant, swimming gets to have 2 decathlon races and the medley relay is too many. However, even if the 400 medley relay, 200 fly and 200 IM are not counted, Phelps still has 10 Olympic gold medals, the most ever, and 6 individual golds, which is still a ridiculous amount for any sport.

      Among other athletes, Carl Heiden comes to mind. In 1980 he won every speed skating event on the program, for five individual golds at one game. Pretty darn impressive and hard to argue against. Also Alexander Karelin won 3 straight golds in wrestling by ridiculous measurements. All in all, it’s impossible to really compare.

      • Lane Four says:
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        Eric Heiden

        • Rafael says:
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          There is Vitaly Scherbo the only person ever to win ALL 8 possible World Gymnastic Titles.. he got 6 gold medals at 1992 games (5 individual, 1team, got final at floor and did not compete at Horizontal bar) probably the only perfomance that can match Phelps 2008..

          Ole Einar won ALL Biathlon gold medals on Salt lake city winter.. impressive too..

          and all a LOT ahead of the field..

          Gymnastic you could have 6 medals on women side and even 8 on men side..but the strain on the body is too much on Track and Field and Gymnastic.. so it is tough to get as many medals as swimming..

          Paavo Nurmi should be on the mix too on that..
          Birgit Schmit medalling on 6 games (could been 7 if there was not the boycott)

          • samuel huntington says:
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            thanks for the responses! after a little digging, I really think Usain Bolt needs to be added to the conversation. The only athlete to ever win gold in the 100 and 200 in back to back games. Additionally, his world records are thought to be untouchable for the next decade at least. And he seems to always breeze through the finish! I think his dominance has to be taken into consideration. Of course I am young and only really remember the 08 and 12 games so I may be biased.

          • Braden Keith Braden Keith says:
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            Some people don’t like comparisons across sports at all. I, personally, think they’re quite valuable, but to me, everyone has to be normalized for their sport, and that’s the best comparison. How does Michael Phelps’ accomplishment compare to the 2nd-best swimmer ever, the 10th best swimmer ever, how much of an outlier is he? As compared to Usain Bolt, how much of an outlier is he for track & field?

            The saving grace is that most (but not all) of the team sports don’t take the Olympics as seriously as the individual sports, so that eliminates a lot of the other “what ifs” in comparisons.

          • mcgillrocks says:
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            Personally, I think medal count is a lousy way to compare swimmers, and athletes as a whole, but I think overall comparisons can be made indirectly. For instance, even in swimming, Kitajima has twice as many (individual) gold medals as Ryan Lochte, but regardless of his WRs, medal haul and clutchness, I wouldn’t put a 2, 3 event specialist over a guy who has been world champion in backstroke, freestyle and medley, and was arguably the best swimmer in the world 2010-2013 (maybe not 2012 so much).

            I think Emil Zapotec deserves consideration for winning the 5k, 10k and marathon in 1952. You also could say that any of Ashton Eaton, Daley Thompson and Bob Mathias are deserving of the title, having won the decathlon twice, or (in Eaton’s case) are seemingly looking to win it again.

          • DZarf says:
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            There are very few athletes that have won the same event across four Olympics. Al Oerter in discus, Carl Lewis in long jump, and now I think there is a shooter who has won an event 5 times. I would guess that Phelps has two chances to match the feat of four consecutive golds in individual events.

    • James says:
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      Greatest Olympian of all time is quite a title. I think guys like Jesse Owens, competing under such pressure (in Nazi Germany) and as an African American man in the 1930’s has to take the cake. Greatest swimmer of all time? I think he is a lock for top spot, especially if he makes a 5th games.

      But I also think you have to look at sports like wrestling/judo, etc…where you have to win multiple rounds just for a chance to win one medal.

      • aswimfan says:
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        James- you also have to remember that Phelps had to swim 17 races for only 8 medals. Maybe not quite as many as judo or wresting but still a lot.

  4. Pvdh says:
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    Yes Sam. You act like everyone can be competitive in the 100 fly and the 400 IM together. Nobody other than him has shown that he can do all those different events AND WIN EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM.

    • Kevin T says:
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      Exactly. Phelps is the only guy in modern history that can be world class competitive in so many different distances. He has the world record in the 100 fly and the 400 im. How many guys could ever do that?

      This schedule is pretty much what I expected. 100 fly, obvious choice. 100/200 free for relays absolutely. 200 im…..sure why not?

    • samuel huntington says:
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      hi pvdh, please keep the sarcasm out of your responses. thank you. my question is about comparing his performance to other sports. I know Phelps did something incredible, I stated I think he is the best swimmer of all time.

    • DDias says:
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      I agree with you about Phelps capacity, but Sam has a point.
      Its totally unlikely to see(ever) a athlete to win 100,200,400,4×100,4×400 and long jump in one Olympics.And the core reason is not only physical skills, but health.It is very rare to any top athlete to be injury free.Training that much events would be a nightmare.

  5. PVDH says:
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    PVDH – 100% agree. 2008 MP had greatest Olympic performance of all time in any sport.

  6. Pvdh says:
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    Sarcasm? There was nothing sarcastic on my answer.

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    Why is he swimming the 200IM? He has already done the 3peat at the Olympics so what more does he want from that race?
    Okay he wants another medal and to seal his dominance at that race.
    Santa Clara will be interesting

    • bobthebuilderrocks says:
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      Take back his world record?

    • liquidassets says:
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      What BobTheBuilderRocks said, plus also shot at a 4-Peat? He likes a challenge and will definitely get one from Lochte, Hagino, PEreria. He’s already blown his shot at a 4 peat in the 2Fly and that’s a tougher event to train for.

  8. Floppy says:
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    In my opinion, Phelps should be focusing on enjoying the sport again. The fact that he is even talking about Rio 2016’s schedule is bad news.

    Michael – don’t pigeonhole yourself!!! Just have fun!!!

    • Flyin' says:
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      He is, that’s why he isn’t swimming the 200 fly or 4 IM. He loves competing so much and the top meets are the most exciting, so it’s only natural that he would be looking forward to Rio so much.

  9. Sven says:
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    I’m glad to hear he’s still thinking of the 200 IM. It’s a different beast compared to MP’s new sprint aspirations, sure, but it’s not a gargantuan training investment like the 400 IM. He can get in some quality back and breast work, focusing on speed and conditioning, without going overboard on volume. MP doesn’t need thousands of yards of back/breast work to crank out a world class 200.

    Really, I’d bet they’d be doing about as much back and breast anyway even if he wasn’t swimming the IM, just to mix things up and incorporate all the strokes. This just adds focus to that work. I’m sure the majority of the time will still be spent on fly and free, and I think that, if anything, MP will appreciate the variety.

  10. ERVINFORTHEWIN says:
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    Let’s remember why he came back for ! having fun , not pushing things hard on himself and just reaching some decent goals as per performances concern .
    No more 400 IM and 200 fly is absolutely out of the question and totally understandable .
    Sprint races like 100 fly and 100 free is a more enjoyable goal for him defenetly .
    He truly wants to help Usa on those relays ( 3 relays if possible , if the training gets him to qualify in 100 and 200 free ) for Pan Pacs and untill Rio . To qualify at Nationals on 100 butterfly seems to be the easiest at this point .
    I see from here a solid and wonderful 800 free relay with Michael , Conor Dwyer , Charlie Houchin and Matt Mc Lean + a fully recovered Lochte of course ( unpredictable right now of course ) . One more could be added for prelims ( ??? ) .
    400 free relay with : Adrian , Feigen , Ervin & Phelps + 2 other spots still unkown .
    400 medley : Grevers / Thoman or Plummer , Cordes , Phelps , Adrian .
    I see Phelps in 100 fly and maybe trying 100 free individually for the next 2 years , taking his time to feel what’s right for him + way less pressure than all previous years .

  11. danjohnrob says:
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    Forget about Phelps, GoldmedalMel’s facial expressions and excitement about Phelps’ swimming are like a kid waiting for Christmas morning and make me smile! You’re the best, Mel! Now how do we get you a job interviewing athletes in Rio or commentating?!

  12. SwimSweden says:
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    So this is my thoughts about his future goal times and events:
    100 fly obviously.Mr Phelps has won this event these 3 last olympics, he was the first to swim sub 50 in the 100 fly 49.82 in a lzr suit, and he wants to go sub 50 again but in jammer. He swam the 100 fly really fast while also training for the 400 IM so drooping that event will make a huge diffrence in his speed. And he has a chance to four peat in this event

    200 IM : he did three peat in this event and most likely wants to go for 4. A sub 1.54 (his pb is a 1:54:16 )

    And the three relays
    4×100 MEDLEY sub 50 with a relay start?
    4X 100 FREE he can easily pop a 47 low to help USA and to add to his total medal count
    4X200 FREE again helping team USA with a 1.44 high

    And I also think his overall goal is to get to total of 25 olympic medals, OR he wants to get a total of 20 Olympic golds ( 22 total 18 golds 2 bronze 2 silver )

    Curious to see him and the whole NBAC team swim at the Santa Clara meet.

    • danjohnrob says:
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      I think he wants to shoot for 27 medals, and yes I know it’s crazy, but I believe in numerology, and since Phelps won 8 golds over 8 days in 2008 and won the same 4 individual events in 2 successive Olympics (=8), I predict he will 4-peat in both the 100 fly and 200 IM (=8) as well as the 800 free and 400 medley relays (=8) and win a total of 26 medals (because 6 + 2 = 8)! LOL!

  13. danjohnrob says:
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    Oh yeah, and 22 gold plus 2 silver + 2 bronze; 2 + 2 + 2 + 2 = 8!

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