Michael Phelps Denies Reports of Swimming Comeback

Alex Ballentine@Ballentine_AlexFeatured ColumnistMay 17, 2013

Feb 1, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; Michael Phelps attends a press conference in preparation for Super Bowl XLVII between the San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens at the New Orleans Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

U.S. Olympic swimming legend Michael Phelps may not be done writing his legacy.


UPDATE: Friday, May 17, at 9:18 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford

Michael Phelps tweeted out denying his reported comeback: 

However, NBC reporter Peter Busch claims that he's confident in his information:


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According to NBC reporter Peter Busch, the most decorated Olympic athlete of all time has decided to resume his swimming career and has his sights set on competing in the 2016 Olympic games in Rio. The 2013 FINA World Championships are set to take place July 19-August 4 in Barcelona, although there has been no indication that he will compete there.

Phelps told CNN in March that he had retired from competitive swimming and was looking forward to taking up golf. Now it appears that the links have been put on hold. And the Olympic competition has been put on notice.

At 27 years old, Phelps' return to swimming makes him a legitimate contender. He already holds the record for most gold medals won by an athlete with 18 and has 22 medals in total.

The 2012 games saw the 6-foot-4 Phelps claim four gold medals and two silvers, with two of those golds coming in individual events. The friendly competition between he and fellow American swimmer Ryan Lochte, who won five medals himself at the 2012 games, was one of the bigger storylines of the last Olympics. Now it appears Phelps will be back in the spotlight  once again.

The 2016 games just became much more intriguing with Phelps trying to once again make his mark as the greatest Olympian of all-time.