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7 Gold Medals are Enough for Phelps

“No one should be expected to do that twice. Once was enough,” says Bowman. Though Phelps won the 200m freestyle four years ago at the Beijing Olympics, he didn’t win the gold for that event for the past two world championships.

Anyone who expected American Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps to “go for the gold” 8 times over this summer will be disappointed. Phelps and his coach Bob Bowman have decided that he will forgo the 200m freestyle competition for the 2012 London Summer Olympics.

The lucky swimmer who will take Phelps spot at the 200m freestyle is Ricky Berens, who finished third at the Olympic trials (behind Ryan Lochte and Phelps). Phelps and Lochte have a longstanding rivalry in swimming events in the US and around the world. The two champion swimmers don’t like to come in second.

“I’m used to racing against him, I’ve been doing it for eight years now,” said Lochte with a touch of confidence. “In the past four years, I’ve gone a lot faster and I know what my body can handle. This meet was just stepping stones for what I really want to do in London.”

Phelps sounded just as confident – “It was a fun week and there are still a lot of things that need to be perfected. Neither one of us wants to lose. When we get in the water, we race as hard as we can, whether we’re playing cat and mouse by the end, we’re going all out.”

Would you bet on Phelps winning 7 medals during the upcoming Olympics? If Lochte swims against Phelps, who would you bet on? Will Americans continue to dominate swimming this summer? Stay tuned for more!

OCA News Editor

Christian Bright is a professional sports commentator with keen interests in football, tennis and horse racing. His experience in the reporting on professional sports makes him a key asset to OCA’s coverage of athletic events and matches.