The Frenzy Begins – Phelps Gives Press Conference at Mesa Grand Prix

In anticipation of the Arena Grand Prix this weekend in Mesa, Arizona, and the return of Michael Phelps to competitive action, the Greatest of All Time first had to meet with the press.

With Bob Bowman at his side Phelps fielded questions from numerous press sources, many of which almost certainly would not have been in attendance otherwise (yeah, I’m looking at you FOX Sports).

To sum up the questions that were asked, and what most swimming fans and enthusiasts have been wondering in terms of his motivations for coming back:

“I’m doing this because I want to. I want to be back in the water.”

Bowman chimed in a couple times, noting that Phelps was enjoying the process of getting back into shape, and that he was smiling more on deck.

He discusses the challenges of preparing for the Olympics in 2012, the lapses he was feeling in pressure, and how things have changed since then. He admitted that he is having fun now, and he admittedly appeared comfortable behind the microphone and back in the limelight as a competitive athlete versus being a spokesman.


Get Daily Tips on How to Swim Faster

Subscribe to the newsletter and get tips and advice on how to swim faster every weekday morning, straight to your inbox. 

Join 33,000+ swimmers, coaches, and swim parents learning what it takes to swim like a boss.

Unsubscribe anytime. Email will never be shared or sold.

Olivier Poirier-Leroy Olivier Poirier-Leroy is the founder of He is an author, former national level swimmer, two-time Olympic Trials qualifier, and swim coach.

Related Articles


Are You Hating on Phelps’ Comeback? If So, Stop.

With Phelps return to competition less than a week away, there has been a flurry of interest and speculation over Phelps comeback, guessing as to his motivations for coming back, and equal parts enthusiasm as dismay. His legacy will be tarnished. He’s too old. Obviously he is missing something in

Read More »
Bob Bowman characteristics of champions
Michael Phelps

Bob Bowman – Characteristics of Champions (Video)

Bob Bowman, head coach of the North Baltimore Aquatic Club, and Michael Phelps’ long time coach, shares what he believes are the core characteristics of champions, whether in the pool, the field, or the boardroom. In this 18 minute speech given for Chicago Ideas Week, Bowman talks about what it

Read More »
Michael Phelps

Phelps Close to Racing Again, Says Longtime Coach

The Michael Phelps comeback tour looks like it is ready to kick off, according to his longtime coach, North Baltimore Aquatic Club’s Bob Bowman. In an interview with USA Today Sports, Bowman discussed Phelps training schedule (he is averaging five practices a week with NBAC, which also includes a thick

Read More »
Michael Phelps

Michael Phelps to Make Appearance on Suits

Michael Phelps will add to his IMDB resume when he guest spots on popular legal dramedy Suits. Phelps has tweeted about his adoration for the USA network show, saying that it was right up there in terms of favorites along with ESPN’s SportsCenter and Game of Thrones. #suits at the

Read More »
michael phelps world records
Michael Phelps

Michael Phelps’ World Records

We all know that Michael Phelps is the most decorated Olympian of all time. (Well, if you didn’t know that…now you know.) But what about Michael Phelps’ world records? How many did he set? How many does he still have? Here is a breakdown of Phelps’ history of smashing world

Read More »