Michael Phelps, the swimming superstar of the 2012 London Olympics, continues to fuel the rumors that he is planning a comeback. After winning 18 gold metals in London, a new swimming record, he registered with the United States Doping Agency, making him eligible for competition in 2016. He is eligible for several events in the meantime, including the 2015 World Championships.
Phelps recognized his comeback as a “million-dollar question” in an interview earlier this year. While he is 28 years old, he is still unsure if he wants to continue his Olympic career. While he sat out of August’s World Championships, the rest of the United States team continued the great trek. Of the rising stars is teenage Missy Franklin, who won six gold metals. These great achievements don’t hold a candle to Phelps' legendary record.
No one seems to be certain if Phelps will come out of retirement or not. While he is still uncertain, that hasn’t stopped him from regular training. He continues to stay in excellent shape on the off chance he may return, which he has expressed an interest in during previous interviews.
Should Phelps return to the scene for the Rio 2016 Olympics, it is doubtful he will top his 2013 record of 18 gold, two silver, and two bronze metals. If he chooses to compete in Brazil, it will no doubt be an exciting turn of events regardless.