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)
  1. lolita

    makes me think if he's really using steroids or something else. if he is not, then dammm! he is good

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

      He's just that damn good.

      June 19, 2012 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jason

      He wouldn't look like that on steroids, and he's been tested hundreds of times. Same as all other olympic swimmers.

      June 19, 2012 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
  2. NBAC swimmer

    Wow people. sorry but i train with Michael occasionally and there is no way he is going to want to swim more than three indivdual events this year

    June 19, 2012 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Frank

      I train with your mom & she wont even do 3 positions, wake up people she is exhausted

      June 19, 2012 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jack Hoff

    I think I sharted...

    June 19, 2012 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  4. dbuzz

    So this guy has the entire world looking in during his interview after the gold medals in '08 and I can remember what he said like it was yesterday. After his 6th gold, "I'm at a loss for words." After his 8th, "I'm at an even greater loss for words." What? You have just completed one of the greatest olympic accomplishments – and with the whole world watching – you got nothing? This DA is a disappointment in everything except the pool. What a platform, what a failure.

    June 19, 2012 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  5. RZ70

    At least they're just trying to generate some interest in something that (usually) doesn't involve death, distorted world views or personal agendas of politicians.

    June 19, 2012 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Good4USA

    Greatest Olympian ever!!!

    June 19, 2012 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  7. puff

    Not bad for a pothead... not bad!

    June 19, 2012 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Eddy

    greatest myth debunker of all time. If he can take Michael Phelps sized bong rips and still win more Olympic metals than anyone every, well then maybe weed isn't as bad as what we've been force fed for generations. Time to wake up Corporate States of America.

    June 19, 2012 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Wellsy

    Phelps was on my flight home from Denver to Austin a few weeks back. He's not as tall as he appears on TV...

    June 19, 2012 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
  10. PantyRaid

    Look at his mouth wide open in the picture. I bet his lung expansion has increased double due to his massive bong rips!

    June 19, 2012 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  11. rad666

    I remember when Mark Spitz got his butt kicked in 1968, but came back in 1972.

    June 19, 2012 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Scott

    I can only imagine what it would feel like to beat the most talented swimmers in the entire world. And could only imagine the hard work and ambition it takes to do that. I would love to see him duplicate or exceed he efforts from the last Olympics. I will be rooting for him and so will every other American when the time comes.

    June 19, 2012 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  13. rkt210

    It's almost unheard of to dominate swimming in that many events over a period spanning two Olympic games. It will be phenomenal if he can bring home multiple golds, but chances are he will have been surpassed by others. 2008 was special (8 for 8 in gold medals), and even that feat required the swim of a lifetime from Jason Lezak to accomplish. A duplication of 2008 in 2012 may be asking too much.

    June 19, 2012 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  14. thatguy

    no chance he swims all 10...far too difficult and physically demanding to do that many at trials let alone the olympics where he also has relays. he enters that many at olympic trials to keep his options open and see where he stacks up in certain events. he also would unlikely make the olympic team in the 100 free or 200 back to begin with and if he did would not medal in london regardless. my guess is he does 200 free, 100/200 fly, 200 IM. if he does qualify for the U.S. in other events he can (and will likely) withdraw following trials like he did in long beach 2004 in the 200 back. lets do a little research and use our heads some before throwing out a "phelps shooting for 10 medals in london" article. not the same swimmer and ryan lochte is the premier swimmer in the U.S. right now anyways not phelps

    June 19, 2012 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
  15. jboo10141

    He won't qualify in the 100m free. Really looking forward to it though.

    June 19, 2012 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
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