The US Olympic swimming trials still get Michael Phelps’s synapses firing, even though the Games great has nothing on the line at the pressure-packed meeting.
Phelps is at the trials in Omaha as an honored spectator, but after five Olympic campaigns that yielded an astonishing 28 medals — 23 of them gold — Phelps said being on the deck in Omaha, Nebraska, gave him chills.
“Walking on the pool deck I had to take deep breaths, I felt chills going up my body.”
Phelps said he even felt a few tears rising — and somehow all those years of preparation for and competing at trials — this is the first edition of the qualifying meet since 1996 in which he hasn’t featured — kicked in.
Source: Guardian Newspaper