There are some people excited to see the International Olympic Committee adding new events â€” including the menâ€™s 800m and the womenâ€™s 1500m â€”Â that will improve gender balance in the pool.
But legendÂ Michael Phelps doesnâ€™t sound like one of them.
During an event promoting Krave Jerky at Manhattanâ€™s Chelsea Piers, Phelps was asked at a Q&A session for his thoughts on the new events, and whether they would give a swimmer a better chance at breaking his total medals record. Regarding the first part of that question, he gave this reply:
I donâ€™t care if somebody does, to be honest. I think itâ€™s good to have somebody out there that is willing to challenge themselves in a way that they had no idea, soÂ if they have a chance to do something great like that, then I would love to see it.