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Michael Phelps showed up to a Baltimore court Friday morning where he pled guilty to driving under the influence. Phelps was given a one-year suspended sentence and 18 months probation, meaning if he screws up in the next 18 months, he goes behind bars for a year. The Olympic hero arrived with his mom, sister and girlfriend, Miss California 2010 Nicole Johnson.
Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps walks into a courthouse for a trial on drunken driving and other charges, Friday, Dec. 19, 2014, in Baltimore. Documents show that the 29-year-old was leaving Baltimore's Horseshoe Casino Sept. 30 when he was pulled over for speeding and crossing the double yellow line on a highway. Police say Phelps registered a .14 per cent on a blood-alcohol test. The legal limit to drive is .08 per cent in Maryland. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps walks into a courthouse for a trial on drunken driving and other charges, Friday, Dec. 19, 2014, in Baltimore. Documents show that the 29-year-old was leaving Baltimore's Horseshoe Casino Sept. 30 when he was pulled over for speeding and crossing the double yellow line on a highway. Police say Phelps registered a .14 per cent on a blood-alcohol test. The legal limit to drive is .08 per cent in Maryland. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
United States swimmer Michael Phelps dives off of the starting block during the men's 400-meter individual medley event during the 2012 Summer Olympics at the Aquatics Centre in London on Saturday, July 28, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Al Bello, Pool)
FILE - This Oct. 23, 2011 file photo shows U.S. swimmer Michael Phelps competing in the men's 100m butterfly heat at the FINA short course swimming World Cup in Berlin, Germany. After winning a record eight gold medals in Beijing, the 26-year-old American is back for his final big splash before retirement. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn, File)
US swimmer Michael Phelps prepares for a Men's 100 Meter Individual Medley heat at the Fina short course swimming World Cup in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
U.S. swimmer Michael Phelps pauses after swimming 50 meters during an event of Special Olympics in Shanghai, China, Monday, Aug. 1, 2011. Phelps was appointed as a Special Olympics Global Ambassador. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
Michael Phelps of the U.S. spits water out after his men's 100m butterfly final at the Pan Pacific swimming championships in Gold Coast, Australia, Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014.(AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)
IRVINE, CA - AUGUST 06: Michael Phelps reacts after his seventh place finish in the Men's 100 Meter Freestyle Final during the 2014 Phillips 66 National Championships at the Woollett Aquatic Center on August 6, 2014 in Irvine, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
The past few days have been extremely difficult.
I recognize that this is not my first lapse in judgment, and I am extremely disappointed with myself.
I’m going to take some time away to attend a program that will provide the help I need to better understand myself.
Swimming is a major part of my life, but right now I need to focus my attention on me as an individual,
and do the necessary work to learn from this experience and make better decisions in the future.
Former Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps looks on during a Baltimore Orioles baseball spring training workout Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013, in Sarasota, Fla. Phelps, a native of Baltimore who was in the area filming his Golf Channel show The Haney Project, took batting practice with the team. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
Former U.S. Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps stands in the pool as he watches kids train at the Rocinha slum sports complexin Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday, March 11, 2013. Phelps is in Rio to attend The Laureus World Sports Awards ceremony. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
U.S. swimmer Michael Phelps poses for photos on the red carpet upon his arrival to the Laureus World Sports Awards in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday, March 11, 2013. Phelps is one of the nominees for Laureus World Sportsman of the Year. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
U.S. swimmer Michael Phelps holds up his Laureus Academy Exceptional Achievement trophy as he poses for pictures during the Laureus World Sports Awards in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday, March 11, 2013. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR SUBWAY RESTAURANTS - Former U.S. Olympic Swimmer Michael Phelps, right, and Brazilian soccer legend Pele, left, eat sandwiches at a SUBWAY restaurant, during a event organized by SUBWAY, on Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Nelson Antoine/Invision for SUBWAY Restaurants/AP Images)
Former U.S. Olympic Swimmer Michael Phelps, right, and Brazilian soccer legend Pele answer questions in a press conference at a SUBWAY restaurant, during a event organized by SUBWAY, on Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Nelson Antoine/Invision for SUBWAY Restaurants/AP Images)
Former Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps waits to hit in the batting cage during a Baltimore Orioles baseball spring training workout Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013, in Sarasota, Fla. Phelps, a native of Baltimore who was in the area filming his Golf Channel show The Haney Project, took batting practice with the team. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
Former Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps hits in the batting cage during a Baltimore Orioles baseball spring training workout Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013, in Sarasota, Fla. Phelps, a native of Baltimore who was in the area filming his Golf Channel show The Haney Project, took batting practice with the team. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis, left, and Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps react as members of the Ravens take the field before an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals in Baltimore, Monday, Sept. 10, 2012. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis, left, and Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps hug before an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals in Baltimore, Monday, Sept. 10, 2012. The Ravens won 44-13. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
Chad Le Ros, Michael Phelps, Natalie Coughlin poses at OMEGA House presents Olympic Swimmers Attend at OMEGA House on Tuesday August 07, 2012 in London. (Photo by Jon Furniss/Invision/AP)
Michael Phelps, Natalie Coughlin poses at OMEGA House presents Olympic Swimmers Attend at OMEGA House on Tuesday August 07, 2012 in London. (Photo by Jon Furniss/Invision/AP)
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Michael Phelps is coming out of retirement, the first step toward possibly swimming at the 2016 Rio Olympics. The 22-time Olympic medalist will compete for the first time since the 2012 London Games at a meet in Mesa, Ariz., on April 24-26. Bob Bowman, the swimmer's longtime coach, told The Associated Press on Monday that Phelps is entered in three events - the 50- and 100-meter freestyles and the 100 butterfly. "I think he's just going to test the waters a little bit and see how it goes," Bowman said by phone from Baltimore. "I wouldn't say it's a full-fledged comeback." Phelps returned to training last fall and re-entered the U.S. drug-testing program. He has completed his six-month waiting period by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency to be eligible for competition. Bowman said Phelps is "pretty far" from being back in top form. He's been training Monday through Friday with Bowman's team at the North Baltimore Aquatic Club. "He's gotten back into good shape since September," the coach said. "He can give a good effort and certainly not be embarrassed. He's in enough shape to swim competitively." Besides Phelps, USA Swimming said Olympians Ryan Lochte and Katie Ledecky are among those expected to swim in the Arena Grand Prix at Skyline Aquatic Center. Phelps turns 29 in June and is the winningest and most decorated athlete in Olympic history. He captured 18 gold medals and 22 medals overall at the last three Summer Games. He broke Mark Spitz's record for a single Olympics by winning eight gold medals at Beijing in 2008. Phelps had vowed that he wouldn't swim into his 30s. His camp is being low key about the comeback. "I think he's just really enjoying it," Bowman said. "He enjoys the training and being physically fit. He just kind of wants to see where he's at. It's more really for fun. It's been nice for me to see him swim just for the joy of it really." In Mesa, Phelps will swim 100 free and 100 fly preliminaries on the first day. Then, if he qualifies, he'll decide which race to swim for the evening finals, Bowman said. He'll swim the 50 free on the second day and might swim the 50 fly "just for fun," the coach added. Phelps will stick to the shorter races and some relays rather than the grueling individual medleys he swam during the height of his career. "He's really doing this because he wants to - there's no outside pressure at all," Bowman said. Phelps has already entered the remaining Grand Prix meets in Charlotte, N.C., in May and Santa Clara, Calif., in June, although Bowman said no decision has been made on whether he will compete. Depending on his early results, Phelps could compete in the U.S. National Championships in August in Irvine, Calif., where teams will be selected for the 2015 world championships. "I wouldn't say it's 100 percent on the radar," Bowman said. "After Mesa, we're going to sit down and talk about it."
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