Michael Phelps' surprising decision to swim the punishing 400 individual medley at the Indianapolis Grand Prix on Friday was a topic of discussion today as elite swimmers began arriving for one of the last meets before the London Olympics four months from now.
Phelps, who flew from his Baltimore home Wednesday morning, practiced with a few teammates from the North Baltimore Aquatics Club and then headed to an event at a local Boys and Girls Club to announce an expansion of his charitable foundation's youth programs.
Phelps has said he was done swimming the 400 IM, regarded as the sport's most grueling, requiring a mastery of all four strokes. But his name appeared on the "psych sheet" that lists which races swimmers plan to compete in. Barring a late scratch, getting to see Phelps in one more IM has the swimming world abuzz.
Phelps will surely be asked about this at his foundation event, but for now, here's what his closest rival, Ryan Lochte, had to say:
"He told me after 2008 he was never going to swim the 400 IM again," he said. "You know what? It's racing; he loves to race. It's fun for him, and me."