We use to hear him explain away or qualify his loses; now he is taking a more positive note. The guy went two-for-five in Moscow which is rather anemic for the world's greatest especially when you compare that to his past accomplishments. (Note I don't care how close the 200-free was or his 200-back win. Michael Phelps is "Mr. Walls" - he redefined how they should be attacked and in my opinion SCM should be a world in which he utterly dominates.) Nonetheless, I am impressed that he is motivated to win, is exhibiting sportsmanship and is seemingly prepared but is he really in the "...best form since 2008"?
BERLIN — Multiple Olympic gold medallist and world champion Michael Phelps insisted on Friday that he was in his best shape since his historic 2008 Olympic year. [...]
"I'm in best form since 2008. I'm a lot happier and in better shape than last year. In 2009, I took six months off after the Games. I was in the worst shape of my life," said Phelps.
"The important thing is not what happens today but down the road. I have time to change things and prepare and get ready. Hopefully I'll improve small things.[Link]
Now here is he is quoted in the Telegraph:
“Two years ago I swam in a couple of World Cups, but I didn’t swim as fast as I wanted to.
"Now I think I’m in a lot better shape than I was then, and if come in with some faster times I will be happy and satisfied."The last couple of weeks we’ve had good training and I just want to see where we stand right now..."[Link]