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Michael Phelps Un-Retires, Looks To 2016

Colin Hale |
April 14, 2014 | 2:28 p.m. PDT

Associate News Editor

Michael Phelps/via Flickr Creative Commons
Michael Phelps/via Flickr Creative Commons
After almost two years of retirement, the most-decorated Olympian of all time is looking to return to the pool.

Michael Phelps, an 18-time Olympic gold medalist, announced on Monday that he is coming out of retirement in a bid to compete during the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

The 2016 games would be Phelps' fifth Olympics.  He has won 22 total medals since his Olympic career began at the 2000 Sydney games.

Phelps will be 31 during the 2016 games.

In his first event since returning to competition, Phelps is expected to compete at the Arena Grand Prix in Mesa, Arizona in late April.

Read more about the un-retirement of Michael Phelps at Reuters and ESPN.

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