Retired swimming star Michael Phelps on a potential comeback: 'We'll see if I get that itch again'

Wednesday, 13 September 2017, 05:08:08 PM. In a tantalizing concession that he hasn't totally closed the door on another comeback, retired Olympic swimming star Michael Phelps told the Associated Press that it might be tough to stay away from the pool.
Michael Phelps hasn't gotten the urge to return to swimming. Not yet anyway. The winningest athlete in Olympic history is clearly enjoying marriage, fatherhood and a newfound willingness to speak out on contentious issues such as doping . But, in a tantalizing concession that he hasn't totally closed the door on another comeback, the Baltimore-raised Phelps told the Associated Press that it might be tough to stay away from the pool — especially if he attends the world championships in July in Budapest. "The true test will be, if I do end up going over to the worlds this summer, do I have that itch again?" Phelps said Tuesday during a telephone interview. He was already strongly considering his first comeback when he attended the 2013 championships in Barcelona, and there was no doubt he'd be back for his fifth Olympics when that meet ended. "I was just like, 'This is a joke. How can these guys be swimming this slow?'" recalled Phelps, who was especially motivated by a disappointing performance from the men's relay team. "We'll see if I get that itch again." For now, he's happy with his post-swimming life, which includes a new sponsorship deal with Colgate in which he is pushing water conservation. Chris Coduto / Getty Images Coach Bob Bowman, Michael Phelps and Phelps' son Boomer watch the finals of the men's 400-meter individual medley at the Arena Pro Swim Series - Mesa at Skyline Aquatic Center on April 14. Coach Bob Bowman, Michael Phelps and Phelps' son Boomer watch the...Read more
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