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Swimming: Phelps' return greeted with shrug by fellow Olympians

Published on Apr 16, 2014 6:24 AM
 
Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all-time with a total of 22 medals, has not competed since the 2012 London Games. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - The news that Michael Phelps was returning to the pool with an eye towards possibly participating at the 2016 Summer Olympics was greeted with a big yawn by fellow swimmers.

While Phelps' unretirement did indeed create a flurry of excitement in social media, those who know him best were not shocked by Monday's announcement.

"I wasn't surprised," 17-year-old Olympic champion Katie Ledecky told Reuters in a telephone call after a workout at her swim club in Bethesda, Maryland. "The swimming world has known for a while that he's been training the past year so it wasn't too big of a surprise. I'm definitely excited that he's going to swimming in Mesa."

Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all-time with a total of 22 medals, has not competed since the 2012 London Games. The Baltimore native will headline an April 24 to April 26 meet in Mesa, Arizona, with fellow Olympians Ledecky and Ryan Lochte.

 
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