A relaxed-looking Michael Phelps qualified in his signature event — the 100-meter butterfly — cruising home in 53.26 seconds at the Arena Grand Prix in Charlotte, N.C., on Friday morning.
Earlier in the day, Phelps also qualified in the 200-meter freestyle. The finals for both races will be held Saturday.
Phelps, the most decorated athlete in Olympic history, has returned from retirement with a lighter approach to swimming. Since making his first appearance at a Grand Prix event in Arizona last month, he has laughed and told jokes poolside.