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Though Olympic swimming legend Michael Phelps said in October that he is retired — and loving it — he could be inching ever closer to the competitive pool. According to the Chicago Tribune, Phelps' coach said he will swim in a meet sometime soon.

"If he swims a meet in the next couple months and does well, he will probably give it a shot [at the U.S. championships]," Bowman said. "But he doesn't have to do that to have a shot at the 2016 Olympics."

In November, Phelps enrolled again for drug testing to ensure he could swim again at the world championships and Olympics if he wanted to.

Now, this could be Phelps messing with us. The meet he could jump in could be the Maryland Masters' series, where he would anger weekend warriors trying for a personal best.

But when it comes to the prospect of the world's best swimmer getting back in the pool, who cares? Even the faint glimmer of a hope of seeing Phelps swim is better than not seeing the 28-year-old, 18-time Olympic gold medalist swim again.

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