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Childs Walker, The Baltimore Sun | August 10, 2014
IRVINE, Calif. - If this year's Phillips 66 National Championships hold any enduring place in Michael Phelps ' mind, he might remember them as a needed, albeit painful, slug of reality. Until the past week, Phelps had treated his four-month comeback as something of a lark, working out when he wished and recapturing his past brilliance in fleeting bursts. He'd said he was happy simply getting back in the pool. But in truth, Phelps' love of swimming and his fierce need for victory always have been inextricably linked.
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By Childs Walker and The Baltimore Sun | August 9, 2014
IRVINE, Calif. - As he moves forward with his comeback, Michael Phelps can't always measure his progress the way he used to: in victories. Take the unusual position he found himself in Saturday at the Phillips 66 National Championships. The night before, he had lost by a whisker in the 100-meter butterfly, the race he has focused on most since coming out of retirement in April. Yet he had secured a place on the U.S. team for the Pan Pacific Championships this month in Australia. Phelps hadn't fretted over making a national team since he was 15 and seeking a spot in the 2000 Olympics.
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By Childs Walker and The Baltimore Sun | August 8, 2014
IRVINE, Calif. - Michael Phelps has passed so many tests in his swimming career that it's easy to assume he'll always surmount the next one. But he faced an unfamiliar predicament Friday, trying to overcome a clumsy start to the Phillips 66 National Championships amid questions about the progress of his 4-month-old comeback. As it turned out, Phelps answered the way he always has, by swimming really, really fast - the fastest anyone in the world has swum the 100-meter butterfly in 2014.
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By Childs Walker, The Baltimore Sun and By Childs Walker, The Baltimore Sun | August 7, 2014
Swimmers describe the race as a snarling beast that will rob them of the energy needed for other endeavors. The greatest of all time, Michael Phelps, says he'll never swim it again. Too painful. You'll hear no such talk, however, from Bel Air native Chase Kalisz. For the 20-year-old Kalisz, the 400-meter individual medley is "my baby. " Phelps will garner most of the attention Friday as he swims the 100-meter butterfly, his marquee race of the Phillips 66 National Championships.
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By Childs Walker and The Baltimore Sun | August 6, 2014
IRVINE, Calif. -- Michael Phelps began the most important meet of his comeback Wednesday with a stroke he admitted was shaky in a race he has rarely attempted against the best competition. That set-up led to an uncustomary disappointing result, with Phelps finishing seventh in the 100-meter freestyle final at the Phillips 66 National Championships. He finished behind winner Nathan Adrian, longtime rival Ryan Lochte and North Baltimore Aquatic Club teammate Conor Dwyer. Phelps' time of 49.17 seconds in the evening final was actually worse than his 48.77 seconds from morning preliminaries.
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By Childs Walker and The Baltimore Sun | August 5, 2014
IRVINE, Calif. - Though he has swum four meets since his return to competition, Michael Phelps will gain a truer gauge of his form this week at U.S. Nationals. The event, which begins Wednesday and runs through Sunday, will bring together the nation's best swimmers as they vie for spots in the 2015 FINA World Championships in Kazan, Russia. Analysts will have their eyes on Phelps, not only to see how he fares against world-class competition but to glean a hint of which events he hopes to swim at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
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By Jeff Barker, The Baltimore Sun | August 5, 2014
Aqua Sphere CEO Don Rockwell says he had no idea that Michael Phelps , the most decorated Olympic athlete of all time, would come out of retirement when the swimming equipment manufacturer sought earlier this year to partner with him. Talk about added value. "We would have been happy to have him" even if Phelps had not created a massive buzz in the sport by returning to competitive swimming, Rockwell said Tuesday. Phelps will compete in the U.S. Swimming Championships beginning Wednesday in Irvine, Calif.
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The Baltimore Sun | June 25, 2014
If you've ever said you've seen enough of Towson-born Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps for one lifetime, I submit to you evidence that you may have spoken too soon. Phelps, the record-setting Olympic swimmer, is one of 22 athletes appearing nude in ESPN The Magazine's The Body Issue, which features photo spreads of the world's top athletes, well, out of uniform. Phelps will join tennis star Venus Williams, Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch (Beast Mode indeed), Texas first baseman Prince Fielder, Oklahoma City forward Serge Ibaka, and Arizona wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, and former Maryland soccer player and current United States national team defender Omar Gonzalez.
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By Childs Walker, The Baltimore Sun | May 6, 2014
Michael Phelps is expected to continue his return to competitive swimming at the Arena Grand Prix at Charlotte May 15-18, USA Swimming announced Tuesday. Phelps began his comeback last month at the Arena Grand Prix in Mesa, Ariz., where he finished second in the 100-meter butterfly to longtime rival Ryan Lochte, who is also expected to swim in Charlotte. Fun was Phelps' favorite word in Arizona, where he talked about how happy he was to be back in the pool after a 20-month retirement.
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April 28, 2014
First, The Baltimore Sun reduced the amount of news it reported by eliminating one of its two daily papers. Then, The Sun further reduced its reporting by cutting down on the size of the paper. Now, the "newspaper" has reached the level of almost-no-news by regularly moving infotainment to the front page. Every time Michael Phelps popped his head out of the pool during the past week, he has appeared on the page where people used to look for the important things that were going on in the world ( "Phelps makes triumphant return to familiar waters," April 25)
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