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Michael Phelps

Phelps back at the pool but still mum on comeback

Michael Phelps waves to fans at the game between the Los Angeles Lakers and Golden State Warriors in Shanghai last Friday. Photo: AP

Michael Phelps has been working out with his former coach but there is no word yet on a return to swimming for the Rio Olympics.

Monday, 21 October, 2013, 10:35am

Michael Phelps leaves the door to Rio ajar

Michael Phelps

When Michael Phelps walked away from swimming after the London Olympics, he was adamant about one thing: His career was over. Now, it sounds like he's not so sure. While saying he's never been happier with his life - and certainly doesn't miss the grind of what it took to become the winningest athlete in Olympic history - Phelps left the door open to change his mind before the 2016 Rio Games.

31 Jul 2013 - 4:27am

Coach Bob Bowman back on deck to guide US men to victory in swimming world championships

Coach Bob Bowman at the US national championships last month. He took a nine-month sabbatical after the 2012 London Games that included consulting in China. Photo: NYT

After the London Olympics, Bob Bowman thought it was time to try something new. He was feeling just like his most famous pupil, Michael Phelps. "Actually," Bowman said, "I really didn't think I would come back to coaching."

28 Jul 2013 - 5:26am

Michael Phelps enjoying the challenge of trying to master golf

American Michael Phelps, the 18-time Olympic swimming gold medallist, lines up a putt at the World Celebrity Pro-Am tournament in Haikou, Hainan Island. Photo: AP

There was a strange air of smug satisfaction rising from the galleries at last week's Mission Hills World Celebrity Pro-Am in Hainan as the game of golf reduced Michael Phelps to the role of mere mortal.

History's greatest swimmer might be the most natural thing mankind will ever put into a pool but back on dry land Phelps was finding things were not going all his own way.

28 Oct 2012 - 1:55am

Phelps and Felix win top US Olympic athlete awards

Michael Phelps. Photo AFP

Michael Phelps and Allyson Felix were named as the United States Olympic Committee’s (USOC) best athletes for last year-12 on Monday for their gold-medal performances at the London Olympics.

18 Sep 2012 - 12:40pm

Phelps makes bigger splash but Owens is greatest of all

Mirror, mirror on the wall, is Michael Phelps the fairest of them all? The American merman is certainly the most successful Olympian of all time, but is he the greatest?

15 Aug 2012 - 11:03pm

Who said it?

Historical experiences suggest that any country or family can either succeed for its austerity or fail for its luxury

Vice-President Xi Jinping, in a speech to party members

We had been too happy and the gods cannot bear the happiness of mortals

American author Gore Vidal, who died this week

15 Aug 2012 - 10:49pm

Michael Phelps: men's swimming

American swimmer Michael Phelps - the most successful Olympian with 14 gold medals - is busy playing the numbers game. He is trying to decide how many events to race in at the London Games.

26 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

youth olympian of the week

Name Yvette Kong Man-yi School American International Grade 11 Sport Swimming

Achievements Yvette, 17, is a member of the Hong Kong swimming team. She holds 13 Hong Kong long-pool and short-pool records. She won silver in the 4x100 metres medley relay at last year's East Asian Games.

8 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

Hi-tech suits take gloss off Chinese breakthrough

As the first Chinese man to win a world swimming championship, Zhang Lin is already being compared with national sporting icons Yao Ming and Liu Xiang . He may also be remembered for setting a world record that will stand for a long time. Sadly, however, the reason for this takes some of the gloss off a remarkable achievement.

1 Aug 2009 - 12:00am


A performance that inspires change

I read a news article recently. It was about how a group of mentally handicapped students put on a music and dance performance at a fund-raising event at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre.

10 Feb 2009 - 12:00am

Diary of a Renovator: my al-Mighty mistake

Wealthy homeowners planning renovations have architects and contractors bid for the job. They also conduct interviews and draw up shortlists of likely candidates.

26 Sep 2008 - 12:00am

Style meter


Going collarless

Especially on coats, as seen at Yves Saint Laurent.

The square toe

Also known as the 'guillotine toe', as Vogue has amusingly coined it.

The Big Six

14 Sep 2008 - 12:00am

You can have a lot of fun being Michael Phelps' 'uncle'

It seems Hong Kong has another Olympic connection, albeit a very distant one.

1 Sep 2008 - 12:00am

Net worth

By making a big splash at the Beijing Olympics with a record-breaking haul of eight gold medals, American swimmer Michael Phelps has generated so much attention he may have turned into the most wanted friend online. In a television interview, Phelps says he has received about 7,600 friend requests at his social network.

31 Aug 2008 - 12:00am