Allison Schmitt

Michael Phelps wins 200 butterfly to qualify for fifth Olympics

Michael Phelps wins 200 butterfly to qualify for fifth Olympics

Michael Phelps made history Wednesday night, then took a detour.

The most decorated Olympian of all time accepted his medal for winning the 200-meter butterfly at the U.S. Olympic swimming trials as the sold-out CenturyLink Center crowd roared approval. He struggled for the right words to describe what it meant to make the Olympic team for the fifth time.

Then Phelps veered toward the stands. A spotlight followed in the darkened arena. This wasn’t part of the carefully choreographed plan at the trials, an event that’s scheduled down to the minute. Phelps embraced his fiancee, Nicole Johnson, and kissed their 2-month-old son, Boomer and, for a moment,...

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