Michael Phelps May Be Ready to Race Very Soon

Michael Phelps, the greatest Olympian of all-time,  may be ready to race very soon according to a report released Tuesday by USA Today.

Bob Bowman“He’s definitely got himself in pretty good shape physically,” Phelps’ longtime coach Bob Bowman told USA TODAY Sports.

Phelps is back in the pool about 5 days per week at NBAC, according to Bowman.  With North Baltimore’s present crew of elites, you know he’s getting great work done, but Bowman cautions that Phelps’ return to his competition, the first meet, will be to test his speed.

As we all know, Phelps hasn’t raced since the 2012 London Olympic Games, however, SwimSwam reported that he had returned to USADA’s drug testing pool last year. As of this month Phelps has been officially eligibility to compete.

“I think he feels pretty good about where he is,” Bowman told USA Today. “We’ll just kind of look around at some upcoming meets and maybe let him swim an event or two and see how it goes.”

Chatter behind-the-scenes has been that Phelps will race at the Mesa Grand Prix in April, but that cannot be confirmed, and Coach Bowman will surely keep that information quiet until he deems it ok to release.

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TheTroubleWithX

The Mesa Grand Prix makes sense. He’s got to hit qualifying times in order swim at Nationals, right?

I agree

Ben

I’m nearly positive Bowman could send a few emails to get him into any meet (other than olympics) but actually qualifying would also make sense

Josh

The qualifying period for Mesa is up to 24 months prior to the entry deadline, so he’s home free on that one.

TheTroubleWithX

Right, but the qualifying period for Nationals started June 2013. So, a Grand Prix in April makes a lot of sense, especially if he wants to start with a reduced schedule and work his way up to some other events (200 IM, 200 free, etc.).

AND he’s got to have some competition again.

Whoah so he really may return to competition after all. 5 days a week is pretty serious, but would that be enough to reach his old level? I’d rather see him returning 100% dedicated or not at all, but then again it only matters what he wants to do.

sven

I think that’s what Bowman meant when he said it’s mainly just to test his speed. Sounds like they’re just trying to see if he’s anywhere in the ballpark of where he was before: they wanna know if he’s “still got it.”

I’m sure he does. I think they’re just overpreparing to avoid the some of the “he can’t do it” chatter (although there will inevitably be some).

In my opinion I don’t think he’s been truly out of the water. Maybe once a week or something he’s probably still done.

*angelic Aahhhhhh*

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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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