Did Someone Win $10k In Phelps Comeback Bet?

Michael Phelps [Photo: USA Swimming]

If the speculation and noise filtering in from sources is correct – that Michael Phelps will make a comeback and that one of two key players will pay $10,000 on a bet related to the future of the greatest Olympic of all time – the next question is why. Before the why, the who: my money would be on Ryan Lochte taking 10k from Michael Phelps. Time will tell

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If the speculation and noise filtering in from sources is correct – that Michael Phelps will make a comeback and that one of two key players will pay $10,000 on a bet related to the future of the greatest Olympic of all time – the next question is why. Before the why, the who: my money would be on Ryan Lochte taking 10k from Michael Phelps. Time will tell

Comments

aswimfan

They will have to give me that 10k!

I was the first person on swiminfo/swimmingworld and swimswam page who, as soon as phelps made retirement announcement before olympics trials, predicted Phelps would come back. You can verify on their pages.

Craig Lord

But did you place your bet? 🙂

aswimfan

sadly no 🙁

Liliana

Dragging Phelps back into swimming because his fellow swimmers can’t fill in an arena of 3000 seats is unfair, selfish and it’s a short therm solution. Even if he does come back, eventually one day he’ll have to retire for good and then what? USA Swimming had Phelps for 12 years and they need to give him a break. Time for these no-name kids to step up and take over, just like Phelps did in 2000.

SwimFanFinland

I go along with Liliana on this. USA Swimming must look forward, not back. The ultimate object should be making the swimming itself interesting. It’s the only solid base on which you can build a house that lasts. Individuals are just pillars. Everybody knows what tend to happen to houses on pillars if crucial one suddenly disappears. Great individuals are needed but they cannot be the everything.

Lane Four

I’m confused (No snide comments, please). Is he coming back or not??????? The more I read the more confused I am as to whether he is playing all of us as fools and having fun with the will he/won’t he scenario. Personally, it felt weird watching the Trials and there was no Phelps…..anywhere. I missed him….A LOT!

Justin Thompson

You’ll never see the GOAT swim competitively again at the Olympic level. It took everything he had to push himself to the 2012 Olympics and he simply is done swimming. He has millions of dollars and still has endorsement money coming in so he’s OK financially. He missed out on a lot during his childhood and I think what you are seeing no is someone who is finally relaxing.

Craig Lord

I hope so. He doesn’t need to race to contribute anymore… much else he could do and have a huge impact if he still wishes to promote swimming (his schools etc, are already doing that, of course)

Lawrie Cox

Funny we had same problem in Australia with a guy called Thorpe. What a lot of the swimming community forget is that swimmers like Ian and Michael are drawcards. They put bums on seats and provide money to the sport (as a whole) in 2012 we filled virtually every seat in the Adelaide stadium but in 2013 it was lucky to fill 25% and of course it would have been a loss on gate sales.
Even having our greatest swimmers come back and be a part of the environment is better than trying to downplay their involvement. Others will come to the fore in their time and people like Ian and Michael will help them but remember it is about the whole of sport not a few who haven’t been recognised for their efforts to date who try to tear them down and in turn do damage to the sport.

Leo

This is ridiculous. Nationals was empty because there’s 1,000 less swimmers competing, thus 1,000 sets of Mom/Dad/Bro/Sis didn’t go to watch brother/sister/son/daughter swim in heat 2 of 18. This has very little to do with Phelps.

Liliana

@Leo

Four years ago, during 2009 Nationals, the same place (Indy) was packed with spectators. Those people weren’t families of swimmers only. Those were fans willing to see the legendary athlete and some spectacular swimming.

Leo

Look at the number of athletes at that Nationals compared to now. Even USAS staff was talking about how the week was empty because the numbers of athletes was down. No mention of being because Mike wasn’t there. Its very simple – at any meet, most people there are families of swimmers. Less swimmers, less spectators. Names are meaningless spare for a small number of people who come to see a Michael or Dara.

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