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Olympian Michael Phelps ditches retirement

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - MARCH 11: Michael Phelps poses with his award for 'Laureus Academy Exceptional Acheivement Award' at the Winners Press Conferences & Photocall at the Theatro Municipal Do Rio de Janeiro during the 2013 Laureus World Sports Awards on March 11, 2013 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images For Laureus)

Olympian Michael Phelps ditches retirement

By Julianne Cassidy. CREATED Apr 14, 2014

Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps, 29, has set his eyes on the 2016 Rio Olympics. He's even ditched retirement plansfor the opportunity to compete.

Phelps will re-enter the pool later this month in Mesa, Ariz. at his debut swim meet since coming out of retirement. "USA Swimming said Monday that Phelps is expected to join fellow Olympians Ryan Lochte and Katie Ledecky at the Arena Grand Prix at Skyline Aquatic Center," reports Time.

With a total of 22 medals, Phelps "is the winningest and most decorated athlete in Olympic history. He captured 18 gold medals and 22 medals overall at the last three Summer Games," further reports Time. "He broke Mark Spitz’s record for a single Olympics by winning eight gold medals at Beijing in 2008."

The last time Phelps competed was at the 2012 London Olympics. He came out of retirement to start training this past fall. Phelps has also completed the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency's six-month waiting period for competition eligibility.