Michael Phelps is back to where it all began. The 14-time Olympic gold medalist, who qualified for the team during the Olympic trials in Indianapolis back in 2000, is getting back into the groove at the Indy Grand Prix.
The 3-day meet on the campus of IUPUI features other US Olympic champions like, Ryan Lochte and Jason Lezak. Phelps who won an unprecedented eight gold medals from the 2008 Beijing Games, raced for the first time since August last month in another event on the US tour in Austin, Texas.
"We flew in yesterday from Colorado Springs and the first thing we did was stare at the wall for a good 10 to 15 minutes and just go through the whole entire team. We tried to see what everyone swam from 2000 all the way back to 1984. It defiantly brings back a lot of memories.
Phelps will swim in five events and is set to compete with Lochte in the 200-meter freestyle and 100 butterfly events on Thursday. Phelps set a world record in the 100 butterfly at the U.S. national championships in 2009 in Indianapolis and has since bettered the mark.
He also is expected to swim Friday in the 200 butterfly, another event in which he holds the world record.
Phelps and Lochte are to compete twice more on Saturday: in the 200 individual medley and the 100 freestyle. Lochte holds the world record in the 200IM.