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What does Michael Phelps have left to prove in the pool?

Published: April 17, 2014, 8:54 pm, by David Ramsey

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What does Michael Phelps have left to prove in the pool?

Yes, you had the same answer as I did.

Nothing.

Not sure why Phelps wants to return to competitive swimming, unless maybe he can’t figure out anything else to do with his life.

I watched Phelps long climb to the top of Olympic competition. He’s the greatest Olympian ever. He’s the greatest swimmer ever.

At the 2012 London Olympics, I witnessed the unthinkable.

I saw Phelps get passed. Yes, he was a gutsy, determined survivor, but he was nowhere close to the Phelps I had watched poolside in Beijing. He was a shadow of his best self.

And now, he might be a shadow of that shadow.