Bob Bowman shares sentimental story from Phelps’ youth (Video)

There’s no doubt that we are all ecstatic that Michael Phelps has decided to give it another go for Rio before he hangs up his goggles and settles into the family life. However, there might not be anyone more excited than his own coach, business partner, and long time friend Bob Bowman.

It’s obvious that since coming back, and really since 2008, Michael has had his ups and downs, with varying levels of success along the way. But for the last year we have seen a new Phelps, a reborn Phelps if you will; one who is happy with his swimming, his relationships, and most of all himself. And no one has taken more notice of that than Bob, who has had to deal with Phelps on a daily basis through all of the ugly times before this rebirth.

Bob expressed his relief that Phelps was finally enjoying the sport again this weekend in Austin, where he told us that he had wanted Michael to go out on a better note than London, where he admits no one had much fun at all in the Phelps camp. Bob went on to tell a story that showed how much Phelps truly loved the sport of swimming at one point, and how he has hopefully found that love once again heading into his final olympics.

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LP Man
5 years ago

I’m sure Bob Bowman is a tremendous coach. However, is anyone else tired of him being at every Michael Phelps press conference? I feel like he is constantly riding the coat tails of MP

futurelonghorn
Reply to  LP Man
5 years ago

Nah I like Bob being there. He adds great insight

LP Man
5 years ago

There’s Bob Bowman, hogging the limelight once again. Awesome

Displaced Wolverine
Reply to  LP Man
5 years ago

The difference between MP and other superstar athletes is that he has stuck with the same coach for his entire career. Of course Bob would be at his press conferences.

Irish Ringer
Reply to  LP Man
5 years ago

I always felt bad for him because he’s always there but rarely do they ask him questions directly.

CB
5 years ago

@LPman if you’ve watched any MP press conference Bowman hardly hogs the limelight; he’s there as I’m sure most people understand because he’s an intrinsic part of the MP brand and success. Personally love to hear from the coaches perspective and more back story.

Steve-O Nolan
5 years ago

Oh man. I’m really hoping he goes out and does something amazing. I was just assuming he’d come back and win some races, but it really seems possible that he’ll do something ’08-esque, something that ya can’t reasonably expect.

CB
Reply to  Steve-O Nolan
5 years ago

I agree, the excitement and expectation is building for me. Even to come back and claim his 200 Fly olympic title would be amazing to me, but hold out hope theres a new WR in one of his events. My feeling is 200IM.

E GAMBLE
5 years ago

Bob Bowman is the coach of the greatest swimmer ever. He has every right to be right next to Michael Phelps in every press conference. He has earned it. And I’m glad he is because we would never hear stories like the one he just told.

LP Man
5 years ago

I get the part with Bowman being MP’s coach for most of his career. I do. I just don’t think it is necessary for him to be in the vast majority of the interviews playing cute for the press. Why isn’t Bruce Gemmell in all of Ledecky’s interviews? Why isn’t Dave Durden in all of Ryan Murphy’s interviews? Why isn’t Dave Marsh in all of Lochte’s interviews? Why isn’t Eddie Reese in all of Schooling or Conger’s interviews?

There was even an interview at the Austin GP where Bowman was going on and on and even Phelps gave him a look like “Ok, it’s time for you to be quiet”

This was just before Phelps revealed some of his new… Read more »

Derek Mead
Reply to  LP Man
5 years ago

The difference is that Bowman has been with Phelps nearly 20 years (since he was 11), and they are business partners, very different than the ones you mentioned.

I don’t have a problem with it. Bowman has helped Phelps and is like a father figure. Helps with MP line because the brand needs a performance face and a coaching face

Bowman is at ASU to stay and I think Phelps wants to be a part of it. If you’re a swim coach and there’s media attention, that’s big. He’s trying to recruit and make his school relevant. The only person’s opinion on this that matters is Michael’s and I assume he’s cool with it.

I’d like to hear more about… Read more »

Team Rwanda
Reply to  LP Man
5 years ago

Why do you compare Apples ( NCAA swimmers: Murphy & Conger) with oranges (Proven Olympic champions: Ledecky, Phelps & Lochte)?

Hi
5 years ago

Can you please provide a link?

LP Man
Reply to  Hi
5 years ago

Watch this video from :20-1:20 and watch Bowman ham it up when he is not the focus of the press conference

http://swimswam.com/phelps-bowman-press-conference-2016-arena-pro-swim-series-austin/

If it is a coaching press conference, I would expect and want to hear about the respective coach’s program. I love to hear about altitude training, dry land training, taper, etc. However, if it is an athlete press conference, I would only like to hear about the athlete’s preparation and expectations for that meet

Furthermore, I think we can all agree that NBAC is an elite program. Why does Bowman not shadow NBAC’s other phenomenal athletes in their interviews like he does to Phelps?

CB
Reply to  LP Man
5 years ago

See Derek Meads response above, I think thats a good an answer as any. I think the relaxed and very candid atmosphere in the linked video is great and provides journalists and fans a great insight into the greatest coach /athlete partnership in olympic history.

Irish Ringer
Reply to  LP Man
5 years ago

LP MAN sticking to his guns and becoming one of the beloved posters on Swimswam 🙂

Caitlin Garrison
Reply to  LP Man
5 years ago

The only person whose opinion matters about Bowman being at Phelps press conferences is Phelps. If it is OK with him then your opinion is irrelevant. I have noticed that Phelps seems to need Bowman there when they are talking about Phelps new product line. He seems to be able to articulate the technical aspects a little bit better than Phelps. They ARE business partners and they are pushing a product. I would have also hated to see Phelps go it alone during his first press conference after coming out of rehab. That looked rough. Your comparison of Bowman to the coaches of other swimmers is a bit weak as those relationships are very different that the Bowman/Phelps relationship.

Caitlin Garrison
Reply to  LP Man
5 years ago

OK, I clicked on the link and watched the presser. So what? I don’t see where the problem is.

JR
5 years ago

Wow, you just don’t get it or you have a personal issue with BB. Have you ever been directly or indirectly involved with a family member who has had a substance abuse problem and comes from that? If so, try and understand that is where BB is coming from. Good luck with your blinders.

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