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A slimmed down and happy Michael Phelps said his passion for swimming is bringing him back to the sport, 18 months after his retirement following the London Olympics. The 22-time Olympic medalist will swim in competition Thursday for the first time since Aug. 4, 2012, a gap of 628 days. Phelps is swimming only in the 100-meter butterfly on the first day of the Arena Grand Prix in Mesa, scratching from the 100 freestyle. He also could swim in the 50 free, doing butterfly stroke, on Friday. [Continue Reading] What is swimming without Michael Phelps? We’re happy he’s back and we don’t care who he’s doing it for. One last run for Michael Phelps!

Phelps downplays significance of return, nobody believes him

MESA, Arizona -- Michael Phelps wants to tone down the rhetoric. He's downplaying his return to competitive swimming this week at the 2014 Arena Grand Prix at Mesa. And he's avoiding the notion that he is gearing up for a run at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. "I'm at least going (to Rio) with my mom," Phelps said Wednesday at press conference at...

Michael Phelps loses to Ryan Lochte in first comeback meet

Michael Phelps' first competitive dip into the pool after retiring might be considered a little disappointing — but it still had all the splash that only the 22-time Olympic medalist can make.Since Phelps entertained thoughts of defending his Olympic titles in Brazil, there was the matter of qualifying for the national championships in Southern California in August.And Phelps...

Michael Phelps Second Behind Ryan Lochte In First Race Since Olympics

Michael Phelps is still on top of his game, but he has some competition. After announcing the end of his retirement two weeks ago, the 22-time Olympic medalist returned to the pool with a splash at the Arena Grand Prix in Mesa, Ariz. on Thursday. In his first competitive race since the 2012 Olympics in London, Phelps placed second in the 100-meter butterfly with a time of 51.95 seconds...

Is Michael Phelps Dominance In The Pool Over? Beaten By American Rival Ryan Lochte At The Mesa Grand Prix

Photo Credit: ysl_paris/Webstagram Michael Phelps’ fans everywhere has often wondered if the 18-time Olympic gold medalist will still complete at the 2016 Rio Games. After being away from pool competition for nearly 18 months, Phelps competed at the Mesa Grand Prix men’s 100-meter butterfly on Thursday, but was outmatched by another American teammate/rival in Ryan Lochte. Ryan...

Phelps uses freestyle prelims to fine-tune butterfly

MESA, Ariz. (AP) -- Michael Phelps' comeback meet was cut short Friday when he failed to advance to the 50-meter freestyle final. The 18-time Olympic gold medalist used the morning preliminaries at the Arena Grand Prix to fine-tune his butterfly stroke instead of doing freestyle like everyone else. He finished seventh in a time of 24.06 seconds, missing out on the eight-man evening...

Phelps' return to pool goes swimmingly

MESA, Ariz. -- In certain respects, Michael Phelps' first competitive swim since the 2012 London Olympics was an entry-level exercise. "I felt like a summer league swimmer today," Phelps told an avalanche of reporters under the grandstand at the Skyline Aquatics Center. "I should have my heat and my lane written on my hand in case I forget it. I was literally so...

Fang’s Bites Podcast No. 14 — CBC’s Tim Thompson and Amy Van Dyken

Back with an all-new edition of the Fang’s Bites Podcast. It’s not like we’ve had a repeat edition, but I digress. This week, two guests and the first is Tim Thompson, the montage producer for CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada and the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. I had the opportunity to speak to Tim about the following topics: How he got his start in the business; Where he...
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