Considered by most as the world's greatest ever swimmer, Michael Phelps looks set to add a significant gold haul to his current runaway record hoard of 14 Olympic gold medals when he steps back into the limelight at London 2012.
Michael Phelps turned in perhaps the most impressive performance so far in his comeback, posting the third-fastest time in the world this year while easily beating rival Ryan Lochte in the 100-meter butterfly at the Bulldog Grand Slam on Friday night.
Michael Phelps talked with reporter Morty Ain about what it was like to take it all off for ESPN The Magazine's Body Issue and revealed his double-jointed arms as a key to his Olympic success, and then some.
The sixth annual edition of ESPN The Magazine's The Body Issue will feature 22 athletes posing nude, including five-time Wimbledon champion Venus Williams, 18-time Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps and Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch.
Michael Phelps' return to swimming will obviously help bring more attention back to the sport, but will it block the path for younger swimmers like Michael Andrew who are trying to make a name for themselves and reach the 2016 Olympics?
Ryan Lochte announced Tuesday he was withdrawing from the Arena Grand Prix at Charlotte because of continued problems with his surgically repaired left knee, missing a chance to compete at his new training base.