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Phelps not counting out comeback; happy to “no longer smell chlorine”

Jun 5, 2013, 11:37 AM EDT

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Despite the rumors from top competitors and men in the know, swimming legend Michael Phelps has yet to dive in a pool competitively since London, and told a German paper Wednesday that he thinks top rival Ryan Lochte is trying to deflect some attention away from himself.

Phelps, of course, says he’s happy with the life of leisure he’s enjoyed since London, and he’s happy to “no longer smell chlorine,” but he still won’t entirely count out a comeback.

“All I can say: I am very happy with my current life, I enjoy my retirement, I enjoy playing golf.” Phelps explained (with some help from Google Translate). “I will be still be seen at the edge of the pool at the World Championships and I will of course watch Rio 2016. Will I come back? I do not know. It is a matter of time. At the moment, I’m happy the way it is.”

Phelps also admitted that his “belly” wasn’t quite the same as when he was training, since he apparently has a sweet tooth, and added that mastering golf was even harder for him than swimming.

“Golf is one of the hardest sports I’ve ever done. It’s still frustrating… I know now what I am doing wrong and what I should change, in theory. I want to be good. Golf is my new challenge.”

Phelps’s golf coach, Hank Haney said Tuesday that Phelps has come a long way since they worked together for a Golf Channel reality show earlier this year, and that he’s confident that the swimmer will do well when he tees off at the American Century Championship Celebrity Pro-Am in Tahoe next month.

“He’s a proven golfer,” Haney told reporters. “When we started our show he was pretty much a beginner, and then he just jumped right out and played in the pro-am for The Ryder Cup…

“I think he’ll hit some good shots. I think he’ll hit some bad shots. But I think overall, I think he’s going to do pretty good. He’s a passionate golfer. It’s just great to have him in the game of golf.”

  1. bballerjones - Jun 5, 2013 at 11:32 PM

    I think Phelps has the right frame of mind for golf. The main reason is that so many think he doesn’t have what it takes. That’s just what he needs to hear. Tiger heard that when he was swinging against all of those ‘Country-club PGA wanna-be’s’! Ole Tiger proved them all wrong. “Keep swingin’ away, Mike! I hope you can shove as much crow down those suck-ass mouths!” I get pissed when some of those clowns think only they know all about golf. I’ve played since I was 18. Couldn’t play because of the “White’s only!” rule back then. So we’d sneak onto the course during the days the course was closed. Boy, it was fun out runnin those fat boys trying to catch us. Imagine a fat-ass trying to catch some skinny kid down a par-5! It was hilarious! Anyway, much love to Mike and his game!!!

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