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Michael Phelps is back

Michael Phelps is back

Posted by Liliana Castaño on April 15, 2014

Don't expect the same Michael Phelps in his return to swimming after a nearly two-year retirement.

Even if Phelps' comeback is a success, it will be different this time around.

No more swimming seven or eight events at the Olympics or world championships. No more grueling individual medleys.

This time, it's about taking on fewer and shorter races than the 22-time Olympic medalist did in his prime.

At 28, Phelps is far from being too old to dive into the pool. In recent years, swimmers have successfully competed into their 30s and in the case of Dara Torres, who was 41 at her last Olympics in 2008, won medals.

Phelps will compete for the first time since the 2012 London Games at a meet in Mesa, Ariz., on April 24-26.

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