Phelps searching for happy ending to career

Fri Jun 24, 2016 5:06pm EDT
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By Steve Keating

OMAHA, Nebraska (Reuters) - After what appeared to be a tormented final chapter to a brilliant swimming career, Michael Phelps returns to the pool at the U.S. Olympic Swim Trials next week looking to pen a new happy ending.

Already with a staggering 22 Olympic medals, including 18 gold, Phelps arrives in Omaha for the June 26-July 3 meet not so concerned about adding a few more podium finishes to his record haul as he is about going out on his own terms.

At the 2012 London Olympics, which he declared to be his last, Phelps won four gold and six medals but walked away filled with the regret that he simply went through the motions rather than embrace the opportunity.

It is a mistake he does not plan to repeat on the road to Rio.

"This is my last chance to do it (right) and I want to do it the way I should have done it in 2012," said Phelps. "I think if I were to look back 20 years later at London, I would have been disappointed in myself, that I let myself down for how I prepared.

"That is something I never want to live with."

The American said he lacked fire.

"Going into 2012 was like pulling teeth, it was brutal. I could barely get to the pool.   Continued...

Aug 9, 2015; San Antonio, TX, USA; Michael Phelps celebrates winning the men's 200 meters individual medley (IM) final during the Phillips 66 National Championships at Northside Swim Center. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports