Michael Phelps could be eyeing a new record of 10 Olympic medals
Michael Phelps swims in the 200-meter individual medley finals in March.
June 19th, 2012
01:11 PM ET

Michael Phelps could be eyeing a new record of 10 Olympic medals

Michael Phelps may be looking to one-up himself.

The decorated swimmer has entered himself into seven individual events for the USA Olympic Swimming trials, and if he manages to qualify for all of them, and participates in all three team medleys, he could set himself up to take away 10 medals in this year's London Olympics.

Perhaps Phelps is thinking there's no other way to cap his record-setting eight medals in Beijing than to go for a few more.

And it may not be a bad way to cap off his record career. After all, Phelps said in a recent interview with 60 Minutes that he was going to retire after this year's Olympics.

Of course, Phelps could also be keeping his options open. If he were to fail to qualify in one of the events, he'd have plenty of backups. And some swimmers often enter themselves into additional races only to scratch themselves from some events to focus on others. Phelps may be waiting to see what events he and his coach feel he is best suited for.

It wouldn't be a first for him to scratch a few events. During the 2008 Olympic trials he scratched himself from three events.

Phelps has signed up for the 200-meter and 400-meter individual medley, the 100-meter and 200-meter butterfly, the 100-meter and 200-meter freestyle and the 200-meter backstroke during Olympics trials taking place on June 25 in Omaha, Nebraska, according to USA Swimming. Phelps is expected to be picked to be in all three men's team relay events.

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But he could also be preparing to dazzle a crowd that's used to having all eyes on him in the swimming pool during recent Olympics.

There had been many questions about just what Phelps would do during the London Olympics after he stumbled a bit after Beijing, got into some trouble, and then missed practices, his coach told 60 Minutes.

His coach, Bob Bowman, said he wasn't sure Phelps would even get to the Olympics. Bowman said despite Phelps' slow start to getting back into full training mode, he believes the icon of U.S. swimming can still nab several medals.

The question was: how many?

"I don't know," Bowman said at the time. "That's up to him."

They say you should go big or go home. And it looks like Phelps might be trying to do both. Go big, break records, and then finally go home and relax.

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soundoff (53 Responses)

    That must be some good pot!

    June 19, 2012 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |

    Yeah, new record for Super Mondo Bong Hits.

    June 19, 2012 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  3. tez07

    He will likely just cut the schedule back later to the events he wants to focus on.

    June 19, 2012 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      Did you come up with that all by yourself (or did you take it from the article)?

      June 19, 2012 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  4. asdf

    8 gold medals, 2 awesome lungs – legalize it.

    June 19, 2012 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Barry G.

    Way to go, Michael!

    We'll be pulling for you.

    June 19, 2012 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • V.P.

      Don't speak for me. I'm not pulling for this spoiled, self centered dope smoker!

      June 19, 2012 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |

    ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪
    I was gonna clean my room until I got high
    I was gonna get up and find the broom but then I got high
    my room is still messed up and I know why (why man?) yea heyy,
    – cause I got high
    – cause I got high
    – cause I got hi-gh
    ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪

    June 19, 2012 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • PantyRaid

      I hope this was a sarcastic/funny comment to this successful athlete.

      June 19, 2012 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • jboo10141

      Then I was gonna go win 8 gold medals and be the greatest olympian of all time...

      June 19, 2012 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
  7. you

    Good for him... go kick some bootie and retire to whatever you choose to do. More power to you man, get-er-done!

    June 19, 2012 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Scott

    Amazing how many people immediately gravitate toward the marijuana topic... even though it doesn't matter and really isn't any of their business. I guess your government tells you it's taboo and you believe it. Oh well.

    June 19, 2012 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Bill Clarke

    Ten medals?!? Sounds like a pipe dream to me....

    June 19, 2012 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  10. lexlea

    He did, afterall, get high AFTER he won eight gold medals. He probably drank some alcohol too, but that didn't make international news.

    June 19, 2012 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Mike in NYC

    Well now that the federal prosecutors failed to convict Roger Clemens, or even bring charges against Lance Armstrong – perhaps they should waste more taxpayer money and check out Phelps. Clearly someone who has won and dominated the way that Phelps has is using PEDs!!!! I think they should launch an all out investigation asap!!!!

    June 19, 2012 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  12. V.P.

    Maybe smoking all that Mary J will help!

    June 19, 2012 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Max Brooks from Florida

    Whenever someone says that marijuana makes a person lazy and unmotivated, just bring up Michael Phelps.

    June 19, 2012 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Merloc

      Did you not read where he stopped practicing and got into trouble while smoking pot? I guess you dont realize that he will be tested several times over the next few months for drugs. This makes your point completly mute because he will not be smoking pot while preforming at the Olympics.

      June 19, 2012 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Johanna

    Pot? What does that have to do with anything? Oh It doesn't! It means nothing! He is an amazing role model! Many kids look up to this amazing man! As they should. He sets a wonderful example for kids! Micheal you are an amazing example of what is right about America!
    I wonder if anyone ever checked him for gills! ; )

    June 19, 2012 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • dbuzz

      He's not an amazing role model. He's an amazing swimmer. There's a difference.

      June 19, 2012 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Good4USA

      Take away the pot incident and he is a good role model. Growing up it was just him and his mother, he had the will and she had the time to put into his swimming. He was dedicated and worked hard and look what he achieved. Greatest Olympian of all time.

      Even after the pot thing he got his act together and got back on top of his game again.

      Please tell us which one of you hasn't stumbled now and again? Anyone? No, I didn't think so.

      June 19, 2012 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Scott

    Why would he be tested for a non-performance-enhancing drug? Why would they care?

    June 19, 2012 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • goodegyptian

      For a breakfast, can you eat 12 eggs? I don't think so.

      June 19, 2012 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • PantyRaid

      Because this is a war on drugs son!

      June 19, 2012 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
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