2016 U.S. OLYMPIC TRIALS
- Sunday, June 26 – Sunday, July 3, 2016
- CenturyLink Center, Omaha, Nebraska
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At their pre-Trials press conference, Michael Phelps and coach Bob Bowman touched on the upcoming meet, his future career as a coach, and fatherhood.
One of the things that stood out from the conference was the stark difference between 2012 and now.
“I mean, going into ’12 I just didn’t want to do it,” he said. “That’s it. That’s pretty much the only thing that needs to be said. I wasn’t happy doing what I was doing. I sure as hell wasn’t training, we all saw that. I tried to fake it, pretty much.”
However, he emphasized that he is enjoying the process much more now, and he is happy to be in the water.
“It’s exciting to be back here again, you know,” he said. “I was warming down off doing a couple of 50s today, and Ryan [Lochte] and Elizabeth Beisel and I were joking around and laughing, and it was actually enjoyable. It wasn’t like a fake laugh or this or that. I was actually enjoying myself, and we were telling jokes with one another. That’s what I didn’t have in 2012. That was nowhere to be found.”
See the full transcript here.