Found July 27, 2012 on The Mark Graham Sports Blog:
PLAYERS: Michael Phelps
Just like the last two Olympics, Michael Phelps will not march with Team USA at the Opening Ceremony. Phelps will not march because he has a swimming heat the following morning. Phelps has a heat at 10AM in the 400 IM, one of the most grueling events, and marching and standing around for hours isn't the greatest thing to do when you need to get up early in the morning. "That is one of the downfalls swimmers have of competing early in the Olympics," Phelps said, "but I kind of like going first."
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