NBAC Takes Over Skyline Aquatics Center: 2014 Mesa Grand Prix Photo Vault

Michael Phelps at the 2014 Arena Grand Prix in Mesa (courtesy of Rafael Domeyko)

Michael Phelps at the 2014 Arena Grand Prix in Mesa (courtesy of Rafael Domeyko)

Allison Schmitt at the 2014 Arena Grand Prix in Mesa (courtesy of Mike Lewis)

Allison Schmitt at the 2014 Arena Grand Prix in Mesa (courtesy of Mike Lewis)

NBAC at the 2014 Arena Grand Prix in Mesa (courtesy of Mike Lewis)

NBAC at the 2014 Arena Grand Prix in Mesa (courtesy of Mike Lewis)

Conor Dwyer slides fast at the 2014 Arena Grand Prix in Mesa (courtesy of Rafael Domeyko)

Conor Dwyer slides fast at the 2014 Arena Grand Prix in Mesa (courtesy of Rafael Domeyko)

Conor Dwyer at the 2014 Arena Grand Prix in Mesa (courtesy of Mike Lewis)

Conor Dwyer at the 2014 Arena Grand Prix in Mesa (courtesy of Mike Lewis)

Conor Dwyer splash down at the 2014 Arena Grand Prix in Mesa (courtesy of Rafael Domeyko)

Conor Dwyer splash down at the 2014 Arena Grand Prix in Mesa (courtesy of Rafael Domeyko)

Allison Schmitt at the 2014 Arena Grand Prix in Mesa (courtesy of Rafael Domeyko)

Allison Schmitt at the 2014 Arena Grand Prix in Mesa (courtesy of Rafael Domeyko)

Bob Bowman & Michael Phelps at the 2014 Arena Grand Prix in Mesa (courtesy of Mike Lewis)

Bob Bowman & Michael Phelps at the 2014 Arena Grand Prix in Mesa (courtesy of Mike Lewis)

Bob Bowman & Michael Phelps at the 2014 Arena Grand Prix in Mesa (courtesy of Mike Lewis)

Bob Bowman & Michael Phelps at the 2014 Arena Grand Prix in Mesa (courtesy of Mike Lewis)

Bob Bowman & Michael Phelps at the 2014 Arena Grand Prix in Mesa (courtesy of Mike Lewis)

Bob Bowman & Michael Phelps at the 2014 Arena Grand Prix in Mesa (courtesy of Mike Lewis)

Michael Phelps at the 2014 Arena Grand Prix in Mesa (courtesy of Mike Lewis)

Michael Phelps at the 2014 Arena Grand Prix in Mesa (courtesy of Mike Lewis)

Michael Phelps at the 2014 Arena Grand Prix in Mesa (courtesy of Mike Lewis)

Michael Phelps at the 2014 Arena Grand Prix in Mesa (courtesy of Mike Lewis)

Venezuela Team, at the 2014 Arena Grand Prix in Mesa (courtesy of Rafael Domeyko)

Venezuela Team, at the 2014 Arena Grand Prix in Mesa (courtesy of Rafael Domeyko)

2014 Arena Grand Prix in Mesa (courtesy of Rafael Domeyko)

2014 Arena Grand Prix in Mesa (courtesy of Rafael Domeyko)

2014 Arena Grand Prix in Mesa (courtesy of Rafael Domeyko)

2014 Arena Grand Prix in Mesa (courtesy of Rafael Domeyko)

Many thanks to Mike Lewis — olavistaphotography.com — for these great swimming photos.

Many thanks to Rafael Domeyko — rafaeldomeyko.com — for these great swimming photos.

 

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swimmer24

Hearing Michael’s press conference has gotten me really excited for his comeback. At first I wasn’t really sure what his motives were. Money? Unfinished Goals? However, listening to the press conference, Michael truly loves and misses the sport. I’ve honestly never heard an interview where he has expressed this love. He seems like he is having fun and enjoying swimming, something that we saw a glimmer of in London, but still not a 100%. This was the most relaxed, and fun, I’ve ever seen Michael Phelps be.

anon

agree!! I actually think this press conference was the best thing he could have done for swimming. When he retired, he made it seem like he hated swimming and couldn’t wait to get onto the golf course. But after hearing him express how much he LOVES swimming, how much he missed it, how much fun he’s having…that’s the way he should have left the sport. And when he does…eventually…he will. I’m so so excited. It’s also incredible because he’s going to be competing against kids who idolized him as a child….kids who started swimming because of him. To see his impact…and making swimming “cool”…I can’t wait!

TheTroubleWithX

Anyone have a link to the press conference video? Not seeing it archived on the USA Swimming site.

sven

http://swimswam.com/michael-phelps-press-conference-mesa-grand-prix/

It’s basically 6 minutes of Michael Phelps saying he’s having fun, with a few questions from reporters dispersed throughout.

bobo gigi

Where is Agnel?
Big Venezuela team!
The girl on the right of the 4th picture is Cierra Runge. That’s right? She looks very tall!

bobo gigi

Weird.
It looks like Yannick Agnel isn’t in Mesa.
He’s in the psych sheet but not today in the prelims heat sheet.

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