Ricky Berens beat them both - Congratualtions. You rocked it!
Back on topic: Has Phelps found his fire in the pool again? No, he hasn't. The fire extinguished four years ago once the 2008 Olympic flame extinguished. If he had "found his fire" again he would would not be so gleeful when discussing the subject of his retirement coming up fast this September.
No, if he had his "fire" back he would be talking about reconsidering or speaking about how he will miss it but we are not hearing that sort of rhetoric. We are hearing: "I HATE MY JOB and I want my gold watch, damn it."
His performance over the weekend when compared to the lead-up performances in 2007 do not even compare. Note, his results have nothing to do with his "swimming through the meet" this past weekend or "training hard." Missing or jamming a turn at the 150-mark of the 200-free because of a "odd bulkhead" is a sloppy thing to do as a professional. Ricky Berens had the same bulkhead as Phelps to deal with.
From the Boston Herald:
"... A goading Lochte said recently that Phelps "would be dumb" not to swim the 400 individual medley in London. But neither Phelps nor Bowman has publicly taken the bait.His lack of motivation has HUGE consequences for both USA Swimming and FINA and they both know it. When Ryan Lochte and Michael Phelps leave this sport there will be an enormous, economic, vacuum for there will be no "two-dogs and one-bone" plot. There will be no more greatest athlete ever to root for. This will be a huge problem. For instance, was USA Swimming Nationals on TV last year? No it wasn't for Lochte and Phelps did not swim it and that is how bad it will be when he leaves.
"It wasn’t fun," Phelps said of the defeats. "But I put myself in that spot, the spot to not swim the times I want. He was just kinda rolling over me. It wasn’t fun to be on that end, and it became something very motivating for me. ..."
Within FINA's Ivory tower plans are being made to transition to a world without Michael Phelps and RyaN Lochte. The sun is rising in Asia and it's time for new world records to reinvigorate the sport. I predict techsuits will return from their temporary exile which will get boys interested in swimming and Masters Swimmers will again be dreaming of setting new records.