When swimmers take the pool for this week’s national swimming championships in Indianapolis, it will be the first time that Michael Phelps will be absent since 1999. For those hoping to finally break out and steal the show, now is their chance. One of those competitors that will be in the pool at the national swimming championships is Ryan Lochte.
While Lochte is focused on dominating the event, he discussed the possibility of Michael Phelps eventually returning to competition after a practice. According to Lochte, it is a foregone conclusion that Phelps will return to competitive swimming.
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“I think we all know by now that he’s coming back,”Lochte told USA Today. “I don’t think it’s really a surprise. It’s just a matter of when is he going to get back in the full swing of training.”
While Lochte seems confident, Phelps’s longtime coach Bob Bowman says that he is unaware of any potential return. Instead of preparing Phelps for a comeback, Bowman is working with Yannick Agnel of France and consulting with the Turkish national swim team.
“[Phelps] is really enjoying himself,” Bowman said. “He’s playing a lot of golf and I think he’s in good place as a person, and that’s real important to me, because he had a hard four years. I think it was tough on him.”
Phelps is the most dominant swimmer we have seen and it is very likely that he could get the urge to return to competition.
In the meantime, it looks like golfing and avoiding any bong photos from surfacing is his primary focus. Selfishly, it would be great to see Phelps return to the pool.