Is Olympic champion Michael Phelps planning a comeback for the 2016 summer games?

Michael PhelpsFollowing his unprecedented success at the 2012 London Olympics, American swimmer Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time, said that he was hanging up his Speedo and retiring from the sport at 27 years of age.

Then a rumor started circulating on Twitter that Phelps had a change of heart and planned on returning to the pool at the 2016 Olympic games in Rio de Janeiro. According to Peter Busch, the weeknight anchor for the NBC affiliate in Fort Myers, Florida, Phelps has confirmed, via a tweet, that yes indeed he will be returning for the next summer Olympic games.

Via Busch’s Twitter account

Talk about a scoop. Phelps, however, has yet to confirm this rumor himself, and his only response has been a tweet that, while not a firm denial, seems to contradict Busch’s story…

…many ppl in the world that think they have a “story”… WBBH News for Fort Myers, Cape Coral

So there we are. Who do you believe? Busch stands behind his story, and Phelps really didn’t squash the rumor with his “denial,” so it’s hard to say. Here’s hoping that Peter Busch is correct, because even at 32-years-old, Michael Phelps would still be an aquatic force in the 2016 summer games.


About the author: Jeff Greenwell


Jeff Greenwell is the writer/editor of Last Angry Fan. Jeff has been known to rock a Speedo while belting out Robert Goulet tunes from his front porch, and in his spare time he enjoys capturing and training feral goats to be his minions. Also known to dig a nice brick of cheese from time to time.



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  • John Korvac

    i’m sure Speedo is actively encouraging Phelps return with monetary incentives… from a legacy standpoint, Michael should collect a few more golds so that future olympians wouldn’t think twice about catching his record… his superhuman feat would be safely sealed for centuries.


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