22 medals and counting…
Michael Phelps is on his way to Rio! On Wednesday, the 31-year-old finished first in the men’s 200-meter butterfly trials, qualifying to compete this summer. Phelps is the first American swimmer ever to compete in five Olympics.
“With everything that’s happened, being able to come back, that’s probably harder than any swim I’ve had in my life,” he told USA Today right after winning.
Following the Beijing Olympics in 2008, where he won eight gold medals, Phelps faced several blows in his personal life including a DUI, getting banned from USA Swimming, and time in rehab. But now Phelps is engaged to girlfriend Nicole Johnson and has a two-month-old son named Boomer, and appears poised to dominate in Rio.
This year’s Olympics begin Aug. 5, where Phelps is expected to compete in more events including the 100 fly and the 200 individual relay if he qualifies in the coming days.
“Just being able to finish how I want to is so important to me,” he said. “Getting on this team is what I wanted to do.”