Sitting on the deck at his beloved Meadowbrook, Michael Phelps glances toward the pool where he was once afraid to put his face in the water.
“This is me,” he said, a slight smile curling off his lips. “This is home.”
This is where Phelps put in most of the work to become the most decorated athlete in Olympic history. This is where he’s looking to add to that legacy after an aborted retirement, his eyes firmly on the Rio Games two years away.
And as the world’s greatest swimmer takes his comeback to it’s the biggest stop yet, this week’s U.S. national championships in Irvine, California, it’s important for him to remember where he came from.
Why? Because for all the hoopla over LeBron James returning to Cleveland, there’s no bigger homebody than Phelps.
Read Boston Herald