He’s back! Michael Phelps is headed to the Olympics again in 2016 after qualifying for a spot on the United States’ swimming team at Olympic trials on June 29. Oh, and he’s also now become the first U.S. swimmer to ever qualify this many times — this will be his FIFTH year at the Games!
As if Michael Phelps, 31, didn’t already have enough accomplishments under his belt when it comes to his swimming career, he’s just made history once again! The professional athlete just qualified for the Olympics for the fifth time, making him the first male U.S. swimmer to ever do so. So epic!
The U.S. Olympic trials continued on June 29, and after coming in first in the men’s 200-meter butterfly with a time of 1:54.84, Michael officially secured his spot in Rio this year. “With everything that’s happened, because able to come back, that’s probably harder than any swim I’ve had in my life,” the 31-year-old admitted afterward.
It’s no secret that a lot has changed in Michael’s life since his last Olympics in 2012: After a second DUI arrest, he spent 45 days in rehab at the end of 2014. “Things are probably going to hit me a lot more emotionally now than what they would have in the past because I’m enjoying and embracing the moment,” he explained.
Michael is already the most decorated Olympian ever, having won 22 medals in previous Games. We can only expect that he’ll add to that impressive list when he hits the pool in Rio this August. As of now, it’s unclear which other events he’ll be swimming in at the Olympics, as the trials will continue throughout the week.
HollywoodLifers, are you excited Michael qualified for the Olympics again? Will you be rooting for him?