Swimmer Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time, will likely race in next month’s pro series event in Charlotte, his second meet back after a six-month suspension for drunk driving.
USA Swimming won’t release the official entry list until next week, but sources confirm Phelps is entered in the May 14-17 competition. Phelps has 22 Olympic medals, 18 of them gold. Three takeaways:
1. Phelps’ comeback is on track: Phelps, 29, will face questions about his commitment, his second drunk driving arrest and a 2009 photo of him smoking marijuana. But a rejuvenated Phelps notched world-class times at his first post-suspension competition early this month.
2. Best rivalry returns: Ryan Lochte never thought Phelps’ post-2012 London Olympics retirement would last. Now the sport’s favorite matchup returns, as Lochte and Phelps – giants of the sport – are likely to face off in the butterfly and freestyle events. Lochte trains in Charlotte with SwimMAC’s squad of athletes aiming for the summer Rio games in 2016.
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3. All eyes on Charlotte: The meet is the same weekend as a PGA Tour event at Quail Hollow and NASCAR’s all-star race in Concord. Enjoy the highlights on SportsCenter.
Grand Prix Tickets
SwimMAC’s Arena Pro Series at Charlotte will be held May 14-17 at the Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center. General admission tickets are available for all sessions. Go to arenaproswimcharlotte.com for more information or to buy tickets. Updates also on Twitter (@ArenaProChar) and on the Arena Pro Swim Series at Charlotte Facebook page.