Michael Phelps and 5 Things the Charlotte Grand Prix Tells Us About the Olympics

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Michael Phelps and 5 Things the Charlotte Grand Prix Tells Us About the Olympics
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Michael Phelps, 2012 Charlotte UltraSwim Grand Prix

If we learned anything from the 2012 Charlotte UltraSwim Grand Prix, it's that Michael Phelps is not ready for the Summer Olympics in London.

Not yet, anyways.

America's favorite Olympian from the Beijing games still has work to do before his final Olympic appearance. Phelps finished second in the 200-meter butterfly this weekend, and he also placed second in the 200-meter freestyle. 

However, Phelps appears to be confident despite the underwhelming performance. In an interview with the Associated Press that was published on The Olympian website, Phelps said this about his races in Charlotte:

"I know this is not the Olympic trials, this is not the Olympic Games," Phelps said. "It's a stepping stone heading in the right direction for the end result. You've heard me say that so many times, but that's the truth. These are little things along the way - I like to call them quizzes - to really see what I need to improve on."

Here are five things that we learned about Phelps' performance at the Charlotte UltraSwim Grand Prix.

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