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Phelps says his return to swimming "incredible"

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 01:21

April 23 - Olympic star Michael Phelps ends his retirement and dives back into the pool, without ''signing any contracts'' but says ''I'm doing this because I want to.'' Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) The most decorated swimmer of all time -- Michael Phelps -- is coming out of retirement, and spoke during a press conference in Mesa, Arizona. After "having fun" during a swimming hiatus, Phelps said he gained 30 pounds but admits "there was something that I missed." "Being able to be back in the pool... it's incredible," Phelps said. The American, who has not competed since the 2012 London Games, will headline an April 24-26 meet in Mesa, Arizona, with fellow Olympians Ryan Lochte and Katie Ledecky. "I'm signing - not that I know of - any contracts. I'm doing this because I want to. Nobody's forcing me to do this or that. I'm doing this because I want to." Already the most decorated Olympian of all time, Phelps rejoined the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency's drug testing programme last November offering the first hint that he was considering a return to the pool in a bid for more Olympic gold. World swimming governing body FINA requires athletes to be tested for a minimum of nine months before competing in sanctioned events. Phelps was tested twice in the quarter ended September 30, according to data released by USADA. There is speculation that the 28-year-old is planning to compete in Brazil's Olympics. But to this he answered, "I guess I'm at least going with my mom, whether I'm in the pool or in the stands. I guess time will tell."

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Phelps says his return to swimming "incredible"

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 01:21