Less than two years after heading off into retirement, Michael Phelps is ready to dive back into his old career. The most decorated Olympian ever, Phelps is slated to compete in the Arena Grand Prix in Mesa, Ariz., later this month, according to a press release from the U.S. swim team.
Phelps hung up his Speedo after winning a record-setting 22nd medal at the 2012 London Olympics. But he reentered the drug testing pool last year, meaning he could begin competing again this spring as he's now expected to do.
Though Phelps isn't the same untouchable swimmer who won a record eight gold medals at the 2008 Games, he may still be one of the best in the world. He won six medals in London two years ago, and he's been training since November with his old coach. If all goes well, it's not unthinkable he could appear in his fifth Olympics in 2016.
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