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Michael Phelps' comeback tour continues in Irvine
Michael Phelps' comeback tour continues in Irvine

The most decorated of Olympians enters the room without fanfare. Wearing a black cap tucked low, he quickly sits with his legs crossed, feet peeking out from underneath a "USA Swimming" tablecloth, as he shifts in a sagging plastic chair. He has done this drill many times before. For 20 minutes Tuesday, he answers questions about his future during a news conference. Seven other swimmers will sit in the same seat, and most will be asked him. Even when surrounded by the nation's best swimmers — several of them Olympic medalists themselves — Michael Phelps still stands out. He announced his retirement after the 2012 Olympics but said in April he would...

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