USA swimming star Michael Phelps has left the door open for a return to the pool as he stay registered as an Olympic athlete and continues to get tested by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency. Phelps had previously said that he plans to retire, but by staying in the drug testing program his options are still there.
When Phelps discussed the possibility of a return, he made it clear that he is still weighing the decision. He just doesn’t want to be compared to another former great in the sports world that flip-flopped about his retirement.
“If I decide to keep going and swim again, then I’ll compete,” Phelps told The Associated Press. ”If I don’t. I guess I’ll re-retire. Just don’t compare me to Brett Favre.”
Phelps has lost 15 pounds since he began re-weighing his options, and he will be eligible to compete in March.
If Phelps remains in the drug-testing pool, we could see him next year in the 2014 U.S. Championships and potentially in the 2015 World Championships is he wants to give the Olympics one more shot.