The Michael Phelps who swam at the Olympic trials last week is still formidable, but not the water-churning machine who won eight gold medals in Beijing. Phelps’s coach, Bob Bowman, conceded that Monday morning when he announced Phelps had given up his spot in the 200-meter freestyle, reducing his London slate to seven events – four individual, plus all three relays.
“No one should be expected to do that twice,” Bowman said of Phelps’s 2008 program. “Once was more than enough. Trust me. It was.”
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