Michael Phelps 50 Butterfly Post Race Interview – 2014 Arena Grand Prix at Mesa

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2014 Arena Grand Prix at Mesa – 50 Butterfly

Reported by SwimSwam / Braden Keith


Michael Phelps‘ second race into his comeback from retirement wasn’t as successful as his first. He finished 42nd in prelims of the 50 free, though it perhaps wasn’t as unsuccessful as that might look on paper. He swam the race butterfly, so in those terms his 24.06 wasn’t too bad (though something in the 23-second range would have been nice to see).

Watch the video of his swim, and watch and see too where Nathan Adrian cruised to a 22.75 for the 4th-seed headed into finals above him in the middle of the pool.

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You notice the tease in his voice “I don’t have a suit contract yet”. It’s becoming more obvious I just wonder when they will release Aqua Armor brand. I’d guess before Worlds next summer.

I think that this is probably one of the most telling and important interviews and videos for Phelps right now. This is what swimming is all about and I can’t express enough how much I feel that this is the most important takeaway from Phelps at Mesa. He’s having fun! I want Phelps to come back in full form. I want him to be a force for USA Swimming. I want him to do well and win medals and break records. And I’m sure most everybody feels the same. But the most important thing right now is that Phelps feels he’s doing this for the right reasons. Not because he feels obligated, but because of the joy of competition. Because… Read more »

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Great sun hat, Mr Bowman! :mrgreen:

About Gold Medal Mel Stewart

Gold Medal Mel Stewart

MEL STEWART Jr., aka Gold Medal Mel, won three Olympic medals at the 1992 Olympic Games. Mel's best event was the 200 butterfly. He is a former World, American, and NCAA Record holder in the 200 butterfly. As a writer/producer and sports columnist, Mel has contributed to Yahoo Sports, Universal Sports, …

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