Michael Phelps says he will not drink alcohol until after the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro as he focuses on making his fifth Olympic team, according to the AP.
Phelps, 30, is set to compete at the U.S. Swimming Championships in San Antonio and will race the 100- and 200-meter butterfly, the 200 individual medley, and the 200 breaststroke.
More than 6,000 miles away, the United States national team is competing at the World Aquatics Championships in Kazan, Russia. Phelps was initially a member of the team, but was removed after being arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol and speeding in Baltimore last September.
“Before I even went to court, I said to myself that I'm not going to drink until after Rio—if I ever drink again,” Phelps said. “That was a decision I made for myself. I'm being honest with myself. Going into 2008 and 2012, I didn't do that. I didn't say I was going to take a year off from drinking and not have a drink.”
Phelps underwent 45 days of inpatient treatment and also enrolled in Alcoholics Anonymous in his recovery and return to the pool. He pleaded guilty to driving under the influence in court in Baltimore.
Phelps looks to return to the Summer Games and build on his record 18 gold medals after coming out of retirement last year.
- Christopher Chavez