Michael Phelps did a wise thing Monday: He gave up the chance to compete for another eight Olympic gold medals.
The move will allow him to rest properly at the London Games and have time to recover between races, which is much more important now that he's 27 years old, his body battered by a dozen years of high-level swimming. He's out of an event that might be more loaded than any other, one he certainly could've won - never bet against Phelps - but appeared more competitive than his other races.
But perhaps the most compelling reason to drop the 200-meter freestyle from his program was not having to race against himself at his final Olympics.
Eight is retiring.
''We're not trying to recreate what happened in Beijing,'' Phelps told The Associated Press during a hotel interview before he got out of Omaha. ''Swimming that many times, it's just brutal and there's no need to put myself through that.''
Over the eight days of swimming in London, Phelps will have four mornings off an...