The one swimmer you have ever heard of is Michael Phelps. And he’s thinking about coming out of retirement for the 2016 Olympics.
As a spectator at the World Championships this weekend, Phelps watched as the
Phelps got mad:
"We should never lose that relay with the talent we have on the team," he said.
While vague on a possible comeback, Phelps was downright candid with this thoughts about the relay -- perhaps because the head coach of the
men's team is Bob Bowman, who was Phelps' longtime coach and remains a good friend and business partner. U.S.
Phelps made his feelings known to Bowman in a series of blunt texts, suggesting the Americans should have gone with Jimmy Feigen in the leadoff spot and Olympic gold medalist Nathan Adrian as the anchor.
Adrianwent first and Feigen took over for the finish despite being the least experienced member of the foursome. He acknowledged paying too much attention to the teams next to him, the Australians and the Russians, and not noticing the French coming up in an outside lane until it was too late. U.S.
"I was so fired up," Phelps said. "We have enough guys on that team who can swim faster than that, and that was just frustrating for me to watch."
The problem with Phelps’s commentary was that it was completely off-base, drowning in a lack of reality.
Lochte’s placement on that relay is a direct result of the Phelps legacy.
Through most of the
That changed when Phelps became the most important swimmer in
But Phelps was always the weak link to those relays. In 2008, Jason Lezak bailed out Bowman and Phelps by swimming the best anchor leg in
In 2012, it got worse. Phelps (the guy everyone wanted to see) had to swim. But there was a new kid on the block who was actually having a better Olympics.
Ryan Lochte. Phelps 2.0.
He had to swim too. This was the monster that US Swimming had created.
With TWO non-sprinters in the relay (Phelps and Lochte), it was inevitable. The
In a move that should ban him from future stints as the Head Coach of Team
Fast forward to Sunday. (Actual guy that can sprint) Ricky Berens swam a strong leg in the preliminaries. Rather than go with Berens, Bowman injected Lochte as the 4th man in the final.
Lochte over Berens. Brand name over anonymous. All-around swimmer over sprinter. Phelps caused this.
So now Phelps is thinking about coming out of retirement? Stay retired, Michael. You aren’t helping the