AUSTIN (KXAN) — Michael Phelps is back in Austin for this weekend’s Arena Pro Swim Series.
It’s a special weekend for the 18-time gold medalist, as he returns to the same pool where he broke his first world record.
“I remember the race like it was yesterday,” Phelps said on Thursday. “This is a town where I usually enjoy coming to swim. I usually enjoy coming to compete. For me to be able to come back one more time and swim here, I have a lot of excitement coming into this weekend. Just the chance to be able to race in this pool again cause this is probably the last time I’ll ever swim in this pool.”
It’s one the many events Phelps will be swimming in during the lead up to his fifth and final Olympics. Phelps retired after the 2012 London Olympics, but came out of retirement for one shot at Olympic glory in April of 2014.
Unlike the lead up to the the 2012 Games, Phelps has re-dedicated himself to training for this year’s summer games in Rio de Janeiro.
“I think just my life as a whole is a lot better, and for me, I’m doing this swimming thing because I want to, and that’s the only reason why,” Phelps said. “I didn’t wanna come back and have it be like it was going into 2012, where I was kinda kicking and screaming. I wanted to come back and I wanted to enjoy this experience. It’s just been an awesome ride so far, and we still have six months.”
Phelps is scheduled to swim in five events this weekend, including the 100- and 200-meter freestyles, 100- and 200-meter butterfly and the 200-meter individual medley.
The meet starts Friday and runs through Sunday.