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.
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.