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Michael Phelps Gets Last Chance at Olympics

07/03/2016

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