Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Michael Phelps Will Compete In Charlotte

Posted by Jarvis Holliday On 2/24/2009 No comments
Three weeks ago I blogged about the possibility of 14-time Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps competing in Charlotte after his three-month suspension for Bong-gate ends ("Michael Phelps' Suspension Could Be Good for Charlotte"). Well, it's now been confirmed. Phelps will compete in the Charlotte UltraSwim May 14-17. The annual event, now in its 25th year, is hosted by SwimMAC Carolina. Here's an excerpt from the press release I received yesterday.

According to Phelps' coach Bob Bowman, “Michael is focused on practicing and regaining the mental and physical momentum that he had achieved going into the Beijing Olympics. He is committed to a very demanding and rigorous training schedule as he prepares for upcoming meets and the FINA World Championships.”

Phelps will be joined by other 2008 USA Olympic team members and other gold medalists such as Charlotte’s own Mark Gangloff and Cullen Jones as well as Ryan Lochte. Mary DeScenza will look to keep expanding her lead as the highest scorer in the USA Swimming Grand Prix Series, having just earned five gold medals at the Missouri Grand Prix. Many more world class swimmers and national team members will be on deck to join these champions as well.

Click here for more on the Charlotte UltraSwim.


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