Michael Phelps officially has his swagger back, which means the rest of the swimming world should be absolutely terrified.
After stumbling at the beginning of the 2012 London Olympics, it looked like Phelps would quietly fade into retirement. Wrong.
Phelps has bounced back like the champion that he is, beating compatriot and rival Ryan Lochte in the 200-meter individual medley to claim his 16th career Olympic gold. The win also made Phelps the first male swimmer to win the same event in three different Olympics, a feat he failed to pull off Saturday when Lochte stomped him in the 400 IM.
Phelps has clearly used that loss as motivation, though, and with two more races left in his Olympic career, look for him to win two more gold medals.
On Friday, Phelps will compete in the 100-meter butterfly, which is another event he won in both Athens and Beijing. He also crushed everybody in Thursday's qualifying, finishing with a time of 50.86. Phelps was the only swimmer to eclipse the 51-second mark, and his time was 0.56 seconds better than the second-place finisher.
Phelps holds the world record in the 100 butterfly, which he set back in 2009. I doubt he'll touch that time in London, but he should still come away with the gold.
After he competes in the fly, Phelps will turn his attention to 4x100-meter medley relay, which should serve as the last competitive race of his professional career. It's unclear who will be joining him that race, but with the USA's deep and talented roster, they can't really go wrong.
Look for Phelps and his teammates to dominate the competition, earning Phelps his 18th career Olympic gold.