Road to Rio: Michael Phelps back for one last Olympic moment

Today, was a second media day where swimmers talked about the upcoming event.

Michael Phelps kicked off his final competitive swimming meet on domestic soil Saturday in a familiar way, with a press conference in advance of the Olympic Trials.

Though Phelps has had to be away from home for a good share of the time since fiancée Nicole Johnson gave birth May 5 to their son, Boomer Robert Phelps, the 18-time Olympic gold medalist said he still gets plenty of daily Boomer updates. "We have nearly 2,000 people here, and a maximum of 52 will make the team, so it's a pretty small chance".

"I'm looking forward to having him here and just being able to have my son, my first child, be able to watch me at some of my last competitions I think is pretty special", said Phelps. It's fun watching him grow up. Ledecky said of her larger-than-life likeness, although her Olympic year is nearly certain to include plenty of other mementoes in the form of gold medals and world records.

Phelps also made sure everyone understood this really is his final US meet. "I will be on the pool deck", Phelps said.

It is certainly hard to ignore. "I was like, 'That is nuts!' I've spent more than half of my life in a swimming pool and swimming at this level".

Phelps said he's gone from faking to joking.

"I still feel like all this is still really exciting".

Based on his program at last year's US national championships, Phelps will be looking to compete in three individual races in Rio: the 100 fly, 200 fly and 200 IM. Those were her first ever medals, and she's just now entering her prime. He competed in eight events at both Athens in 2004 and Beijing in 2008, famously breaking Mark Spitz's record with eight gold medals in the Great Haul of China.

Franklin struggled in certain events leading up to Omaha.

The swimming world has come to expect nothing but excellence from Phelps and he has rarely disappointed. He underwent weeks of inpatient therapy, committed himself to sobriety, reconnected with his long-estranged father, got engaged and - just seven weeks ago - became a father. "I think that a lot of fantastic fans that I've seen walking around or in the hotel are super-amped about being here, so Omaha seems like it's been a great fit for us over the last couple of Trials". "I think he's going to do well".

"He seems to be doing well in practice, and that's all we can ask for", Bowman said.

"But I think he's going to do well".

  • Neal Todd


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