[00:00.00]Michael Phelps has become the first American male swimmer to qualify for five Olympics.
[00:08.32]He won the 200-meter butterfly race at the U.S. Olympic trials on Wednesday.
[00:15.66]Phelps has won 18 gold medals, more than anybody in Olympic history.
[00:22.85]He won eight gold medals in a single Olympics in 2008 in Beijing, China.
[00:29.71]But his golden image was tarnished after the 2012 London Olympics.
[00:37.88]He was arrested two times for drunk driving.
[00:42.72]He stepped away from swimming. He entered a rehabilitation program.
[00:49.41]He then returned to the pool to train for the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games.
[00:57.27]The Games' opening ceremony is August 5.
[01:01.72]Phelps first appeared in the Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia, in 2000.
[01:09.76]He was 15 years old. Now 31, Phelps still holds three world records.
[01:19.81]He says he is happy to represent his country at the Olympic Games one more time.
[01:27.26]"Being able to make my fifth [Olympics] is something that means a lot to me,” Phelps said.
[01:35.12]“…I think 20 years from now, I’ll be able to look and be happy with that decision to come back.”
[01:42.79]Another goal for Phelps is setting one more personal best time during the next month.
[01:50.41]“It’s been a long time since I’ve got a best time,” he said.
[01:55.17]“I’d like to have maybe one before I retire.
[01:58.98]I hope we can get at least one in the next four weeks.”
[02:03.04]When the Rio Olympic Games begin in August, Phelps will be joined on the U.S. swim team by Allison Schmitt.
[02:14.05]Schmitt is another athlete who won gold medals in London in 2012.
[02:20.16]But she has struggled in her personal life since winning gold.
[02:25.05]For Schmitt, it was depression that included suicidal thoughts.
[02:31.01]It was not until her cousin committed suicide that she looked for help.
[02:37.23]She qualified for Rio on Wednesday after placing fourth in the 200-meter freestyle race.
[02:45.79]She won that event at the London Games in 2012.
[02:50.89]“I’m going to Rio,” Schmitt said. “It’s been a tough four years, but I’m so happy right now.”
[02:59.29]The star swimmer of the 2016 summer games may be 19-year-old Katie Ledecky.
[03:07.08]In 2012, she was a young swimmer from the suburbs of Washington, D.C.
[03:14.16]Ledecky won a surprise gold medal in the 800 meter freestyle in London.
[03:21.27]In less than four years, she broke three world records.
[03:25.86]At last year’s world championships, Ledecky won five gold medals.
[03:32.41]She says she will not try to break German swimmer Kristin Otto’s record of six gold medals at a single Olympics.
[03:42.45]“I don't think about who I’m chasing or any of the historical implications,” Ledecky said.
[03:49.69]The U.S. team will also feature Missy Franklin.
[03:54.15]She is a four-time gold medalist at the 2012 Olympics.
[03:58.96]She will race in the 200-meter freestyle event in Rio.
[04:04.36]I’m Dan Friedell.