Gold medalist, and marijuana enthusiast, Michael Phelps has announced that after less than two years of retirement, he’s ready to get back in the pool. Phelps announced that he would compete in the Arena Grand Prix in Mesa, Arizona on April 24-26.
He announced his retirement after earning six gold medals at the 2012 Olympics, however he is getting back into the game now in time to compete in the 2016 Olympics in Rio, reports AZ Central. He resubmitted himself to the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency testing program this past fall, allowing for a six month waiting period before being deemed eligible to compete.
Bob Bowman, Phelps’ coach, said, “We both have no expectations to be honest. We’ll just see what happens. We have no idea how it will go. It’ll probably go OK. It’ll be good just to be back in a competitive environment, test it out and have some fun racing.”
Mesa Aquatics Club CEO Paul Smith said, “It’s historic, it’s going to be a media spectacle.” Hopefully he’ll be able to beat Ryan Lochte so we won’t have to listen to Lochte give anymore interviews.