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Olympic great Michael Phelps coming out of retirement

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MESA, AZ (WKOW) -- Olympic medalist Michael Phelps is coming out of retirement, perhaps a step toward swimming at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

The 28-year-old will compete for the first time at a meet in Mesa, Arizona April 24-26, his first since the 2012 London Olympics.  USA Swimming said the 22-time Olympic medalist is expected to join fellow Olympians Katie Ledecky and Ryan Lochte at the Skyline Aquatic Center's Arena Grand Prix.

Last fall, Phelps returned to training and re-entered the U.S. drug-testing program.  He already completed his six-month waiting period to be eligible for competition by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency.

Phelps is the most decorated athlete in Olympic history.  Over the past three Summer Games, he took home 18 golds and 22 medals overall, breaking Mark Spitz's record for a single Olympics by winning eight gold medals in Beijing back in 2008.

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