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Michael Phelps Coming Out of Retirement

Michael Phelps Coming Out of Retirement

Michael Phelps is coming out of retirement, the first step toward possibly swimming at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

The 22-time Olympic medalist will compete for the first time since the 2012 London Games at a meet in Mesa, Ariz., from April 24 to 26.

Bob Bowman, the swimmer's longtime coach, told The Associated Press on Monday that Phelps is entered in three events - the 50- and 100-meter freestyles and the 100 butterfly.

"I think he's just going to test the waters a little bit and see how it goes," Bowman said by phone from Baltimore. "I wouldn't say it's a full-fledged comeback."

Phelps returned to training last fall and re-entered the U.S. drug-testing program.

He has completed his six-month waiting period by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency to be eligible for competition.

Phelps turns 29 in June and is the winningest and most decorated athlete in Olympic history. 

 

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