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It's vintage Michael Phelps, again

It's vintage Michael Phelps, again

If Michael Phelps wins another three or four Olympic gold medals next summer in Rio de Janeiro, many casual sports fans will shrug off his achievement as more of the same. They will be wrong. In fact, Phelps has stumbled along an uncertain road for the last 18 months as he tries to get himself on track for a fifth Olympics. His Sept. 30 drunk driving arrest and subsequent six-month suspension were just part of that story. He has also struggled with transferring his practice form into races. If this tale ends with Phelps in his customary spot atop an Olympic medal stand, close observers will look back on the last few days in San Antonio as the dramatic turning point. It wasn't...

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