Friday February 6th, 2015

The coach for Olympic champion swimmer Michael Phelps said the most decorated Olympian ever is aiming for a return to competition in April.

USA Today reports that Bob Bowman sent a text message confirming Phelps’ participation in the Arena Pro Swim Series event, which will be held in Mesa, Ariz. starting April 15.

USA Swimming suspended Phelps from all sanctioned events in October for six months following his arrest for DUI. He also is not allowed to participate in the 2015 World Championships in Russia, which take place in August.

Phelps received inpatient treatment in Arizona and pleaded guilty to the DUI charge, receiving a one-year suspended sentence and 18 months probation.

Phelps, who was in Munich on Friday, has not committed to participating in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janiero.

“I’ve enjoyed, lately, more than I really ever have being back in the water,” Phelps said. “I haven’t had that kind of excitement that I had in a long time. It’s just me feeling, I guess, like me again. I’m trying to build back a base again.”

Phelps is the most decorated Olympic athlete ever, with 22 total medals, including 18 gold.

- Scooby Axson

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