Phelps having fun in his return to swimming

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Updated: Wed, 23 Apr 2014 07:15:35 EST

MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Michael Phelps is making a comeback after nearly two years out of the pool for the simplest of reasons: he missed the sport that has been his entire life.

The 22-time Olympic medalist says he's been having fun and smiling a lot during training in his hometown of Baltimore. Having shed the 30 pounds he piled on since retiring after the 2012 London Olympics, Phelps will resume his career starting Thursday at a meet in Mesa, Ariz. He'll swim the 100-meter butterfly, having dropped his plans to compete in the 100 freestyle the same day.

Phelps was noncommittal about whether his comeback would lead to swimming in the 2016 Rio Olympics. However, he admits that if he wants to compete at the highest level, he has to be ready by this summer.

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