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.