Phelps Last Interview before U.S. Trials

  20 Gold Medal Mel Stewart | June 20th, 2012 | Featured, Gold Medal Minute, International, National, News | Sponsored by: SwimOutlet.com

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  1. bobo gigi says:
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    Great job Mel Stewart! Lars Frölander has swum 52.36 in the 100 fly two weeks ago. You must come back.

  2. Jean Michel says:
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    Great intervieuw MEL ! so nice to hear Michael being relaxed and laughing . Amazing that the best swimmer of all time can be so cool , answering questions and having good time while everybody is waiting to see him competing his last olympics soon . Great job , Great people .

    • Gold Medal Mel Stewart says:
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      ….yes, he seems incredibly relaxed. You know, he has nothing to prove. He’s won 16 Olympic medals, 8 for 8 in 2008. Everything else he does is simply the cherry on top.

      PREDICTION: I think Phelps will swim 50.21 in the 100 butterfly at US Trials. The fastest texitle suit swim is arguably Crocker’s 50.4. Phelps must want to go faster… Going 49.9 in a textile suit would be spectacular in London.

      • DDias says:
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        Mel, i think he don t need it to be THAT fast in US trials.
        He will probably only be semi/to fully/ rested and will be capable to qualify without much pain(like Cielo always does in 50 free in Maria Lenk).
        He can even be second in 200IM/FREE at Trials and hold his full power to Olympics.
        The big IF is 400IM…

        • Gold Medal Mel Stewart says:
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          I don’t know. I think Phelps may be more rested this time around (more so than 2008) because he’s been inconsistent the last 2 years training-wise. I think Phelps/Bowman will be playing 2012 Trials safe… I’m sticking by my prediction. 50.21 in the 100 fly…. We’ll see!

          • Justin Thompson says:
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            I’m a little concerned about his 100 fly just because he hasn’t been under 52 all year. It’s going to take something under 51 to win the gold so hopefully he’ up to the task.

          • aswimfan says:
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            Actually, i think Phelps will be more than fine in the 100 fly.
            I predict that 100 fly will be the easiest of his win in the olympics.

  3. bobo gigi says:
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    Michael Phelps has talked about his first world record in 2001 in Austin. I have never watched the race. If somebody could post the video of the race it would be cool. Thank you.

  4. Jean Michel says:
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    he will be fast in a few events ! that’s for sure ! A great swimmer like him before retirement wants to set a special time swimming WOW to all fans . Big love for him …he made me start swimming regularly in 2008 after that fabulous 400 free .

    • Lucas says:
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      400 free? Did you mean 400IM? Phelps did not swim the 400 free in 08 (he actually hates the event more than the IM). Or did you mean the 4×100 free relay (in which case you should really thank Lezak instead).

  5. Ben says:
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    It’s not actually his last interview, is it? He just had a sit down with Ryan Seacrest live during the US Open last week sometime. Your video is at Austin from three weeks ago.

    • Gold Medal Mel Stewart says:
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      Ben…I could not fit into the titles LAST IN-SEASON INTERVIEW. Not enough room. Please forgive me. It is SwimSwam’s last interview before Trials, however…. Ha!

  6. Jean Michel says:
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    I truly love the end of the intervieuw MEL ! too funny to Put Michael back on that 2009 100 Butterfly final memory ….hehehe

  7. Katrina Radke says:
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    What Phelps has already done is unbelievable! And we know he will finish up with an incredible summer coming up. Keep SHINING Michael!

    • Justin Thompson says:
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      I think Lochte made a big mistake about the “this is my time and I don’t care what anyone has to say about it” comment. You won’t hear Michael say anything about that, but you know that it’s eating at him and probably has driven him more than if Lochte wouldn’t have said it. I also don’t think he likes all this Ryan is the greatest swimmer in the world stuff so it’s going to be a drag out dog fight at trials and the Olympics.

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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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