Wednesday November 19th, 2014

United States swimmer Ryan Lochte told USA Today there's "no doubt" in his mind that Michael Phelps will be ready for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janerio. 

Last month, Phelps was suspended for six months by USA Swimming following a DUI arrest. Phelps was arrested on Sept. 30 in Maryland for driving under the influence, his second DUI arrest in 10 years. He was reportedly driving 84 mph in a 45 mph zone.

"The No. 1 thing he's doing is making sure he's healthy," Lochte said.

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Phelps, who has 22 Olympic medals, including 18 golds, announced in April that he was coming out of retirement and would possibly target the 2016 Olympics. He had just started training for the Rio Games before his arrest. 

"There is no doubt in my mind that he'll be back in the water," Lochte said. "He loves this sport. He loves the excitement of getting on the blocks to race. ... Once you're in that racing mode, it's hard to get rid of. I think that's why he came back. He missed that excitement -- racing the best people in the world."

- Molly Geary

 

 

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