Phelps' journey from the last Olympics — falling out of love with the sport, hitting an emotional bottom, rebounding to enjoy fatherhood and a reinvigorated training schedule — has been well documented. But Schmitt's was just as painful. The five-time Olympic medalist fell into a depression so deep that she sometimes slept away her days rather than face a world that expected the old bubbly Schmitty.
Michael Phelps is signing on as an investor and spokesperson with a Windsor Mill-based online shaving products company — a role reflecting the swimming superstar's interest in moving beyond traditional endorsement deals.
Mohamed Hussein, a 23-year-old who grew up in Cairo and graduated from UMBC in December with a bachelor's in mechanical engineering, is already the Egyptian record holder in the 200 IM at 2 minutes, 2.29 seconds. But he said he wants to join the elite group of swimmers that includes Americans Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte.
The opening sequence featuring clips of the semifinalists is trying to be all tense and dramatic and uber-competitive. Then the show starts and the troupe and pros are doing a goofy jive with a bowling theme. Tonal whiplash.
Michael Phelps' comeback will come with a new partner, Aqua Sphere. The swimming equipment manufacturer says it is partnering with the most decorated Olympic athlete of all time and his coach, Bob Bowman, to develop "a new class of swim products" and expand water-safety efforts.
For almost a year, the question was "if" Michael Phelps would return to competitive swimming. Now that Phelps is scheduled to end his 20-month retirement this week in Mesa, Ariz., a more nuanced question looms: Why?
Why haven't thoroughbreds gotten faster over time? Unlike humans, who regularly set new world records in track and swimming, today's best racehorses often post slower winning times than their predecessors from 30 and 40 years ago.
Paralympian and gold medal swimmer Ian Silverman, of Towson, got a surprise welcome back today, Sept. 12, from staff and students at McDonogh School in Owings Mills on his return from the games in London.