Phelps is back, and at his age, why not?

Michael Phelps, who will turn 29 this June, had retired from competitive swimming at a relatively early age. His comeback now has cheered his fans.

updated: April 15, 2014 09:05 IST
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Despite vows to the contrary, Michael Phelps, the most prolific medal winner in Olympic history, will return to competitive swimming after all.

His widely anticipated comeback is set to take place at the Arena Grand Prix from April 24-26 in Mesa, Ariz., a move that should make things more frenetic at work for meet director Erin Shields but should also make life easier at home.

"I have a 6-year-old son who swims who has never quite understood why Michael Phelps would retire when he's the same age as his mom," Shields said Monday by telephone.

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