Originally written on Fox Sports Arizona  |  Last updated 12/14/14
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 the Skyline Aquatics Center. "Whether I'm in the pool or I'm in the stands, I guess time will tell." Phelps insists he just missed the sport and the camaraderie of a team after dropping mostly out of sight following the 2012 London Games. He insists he needed to get back in shape after gaining almost 30 pounds from his 2012 racing weight of 187.  "I'm having fun," he said. "That's what I love about it the most. But really, why else would the sport's most decorated athlete return to the pool unless he has greater designs?  Phelps, 28, is scheduled to race in the 50-meter freestyle and the 100-meter butterfly on Thursday and Frida...
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