Michael Phelps‘ mom called it. Following the conclusion of the 2012 London Olympics, she said she just couldn’t see her son being done with swimming for good. She remarked that he would at least have to participate in a relay race at minimum. But even though everyone wasn’t buying Phelps’ comments that he was done in the pool and that he was focusing on the next chapter of his life, he swore he was retiring from swimming. However, just 14 months after the conclusion of the London games, Phelps has taken the first step towards getting back in the pool for the 2016 Rio games.
The legendary swimmer has now rejoined the U.S. drug testing program. On top of that, he’s reportedly dropped 15 pounds and is working out in the pool once again. Here’s what the swimmer had to say about the notion of a ‘comeback’:
“If I decide to keep going and swim again, then I’ll compete. If I don’t, I guess I’ll retire. Just don’t compare me to Brett Favre.”
He added that nothing is set in stone at this point, but I think we can all see that he wants to get back to doing what he loves.
It’s not shocking in the least that Phelps is considering the 2016 Rio games. It happens to athletes and normal people all the time in life, once you firmly say you’re done with something, it seems to open the door for a return. Call it a ‘never say never’ situation or whatever you want, but saying you’re done, doesn’t mean you’re officially done with something.
My guess is that Phelps was getting board with retirement and decided that he wanted the challenge of winning gold in four different Olympic games.