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Phelps' pool plans uncertain

Management ChangeChinaMichael PhelpsKatie Hoff

Michael Phelpshas backed away from a previouscomment he made aboutpurchasing a pool in Baltimore,saying at a news conferenceyesterday that he's not sure ofhis plans.

Phelps, still in China after winningeight gold medals at theOlympics, said, "We're definitelygoing to start training back inBaltimore.

"But I'm not really sure exactly.I never know what I'm reallytalking about, I just saythings."

A day earlier, Phelps told NBC'sNightly News that he and hiscoach, Bob Bowman, hadbought a pool in Baltimore andwere looking to change the sportof swimming. Phelps and hisrepresentatives are in preliminarytalks with management atthe North Baltimore AquaticClub to buy the Meadowbrookfacility.

In April, Bowman was namedthe NBAC's chief executive officer,and he is expected to startthe position next month.

At yesterday's news conference,Bowman, sitting next toPhelps, said he would not confirmor deny any looming deal,adding, "There are plans to expandour facilities. We have a lotof options for that, quite honestly.But nothing has been donewith them."

One possibility has Phelps andhis representatives also purchasinga neighboring ice-skatingrink and post office to turnthe area into an Olympic trainingcenter.

Officials from Northwest SkatingRink have not returnedphone calls seeking comment.But some of the rink's instructorshave been informed bymanagement of the rink's closure,which is expected at theend of this month.

Fellow Olympic swimmer Katie Hoff, also at the news conferencein China, said she hadheard speculation about theNBAC expansion.

"That would be nice," she said."I heard something about theice rink being turned into [apool], but I don't know. I reallydon't know anything. I've beenkind of in my own little world forthe past month or two."

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