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Michael Phelps' Comeback Attempt Takes Him to Georgia Swim Meet

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By    |   Tuesday, 08 Jul 2014 09:42 AM

History-making Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps will try to take another step in his comeback at an event at the University of Georgia.

Phelps, the most decorated athlete in Olympic history with 18 gold medals and 22 career medals, will compete in the 100-meter butterfly on Friday, the 100 backstroke on Saturday, and the 100 freestyle on Sunday.

This weekend's Bulldog Grand Slam will feature some of the top swim teams in the country, including Phelps' North Baltimore Aquatic Club, according to The Associated Press.

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Fellow Olympian and gold-medal winner Ryan Lochte will also participate as part of his SwimMAC Carolina squad based in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Lochte is slated to compete against Phelps in the same three events, as well as four other races, but he is coming off knee surgery.

Phelps had retired after the 2012 London Summer Olympics and said in the past that he wouldn’t swim into his 30s, but began training again this past fall.

"I think he's just going to test the waters a little bit and see how it goes," Phelps' coach Bob Bowman said in April. "I wouldn't say it's a full-fledged comeback. He enjoys the training and being physically fit. He just kind of wants to see where he's at. It's more really for fun. It's been nice for me to see him swim just for the joy of it really."

Already one of the country's top swim meets of the summer, the presence of Phelps and Lochte has put even more focus on the Bulldog Grand Slam in the swimming community.

"American backstroke is perhaps the deepest and toughest stroke discipline out there right now, but there's still a chance Phelps will look to add the 100 to his new, more sprint-oriented lineup," wrote Jared Anderson of SwimSwam.com. "It would utilize his great underwaters, and give him a chance to even further showcase his extreme versatility. He'll have a trial by fire, though, as both Lochte and Olympic silver medalist Nick Thoman are the top two seeds."

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