DALLAS, TX - MAY 13: Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps (R), and his coach, Bob Bowman, answer questions from the media during the United State Olympic Committee Media Summit 2012 at Hilton Anatole on May 13, 2012 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Brandon Wade/Getty Images)
Michael Phelps will go for his 15th gold medal Saturday with his longtime coach by his side.
Swimmer Michael Phelps and coach Bob Bowman are in London preparing for the Olympic Games. The two have trained together for 16 years, since Phelps was just 11 years old.
Bowman, who coached Phelps with Club Wolverine in Ann Arbor, wants to make the most of these last Olympics, via the Baltimore Sun:
"Hopefully we get there, we enjoy this week and truly get to soak it in," Bowman said recently. "I would like for us to be able to savor this experience and get all the best parts of it out again. Not that we didn't get good things out of it before, but when you're than hyperfocused, it's tough. You look back and it's over."
Soon, it actually will be: Phelps insists he is retiring after the London Games, and while there are those who hope he'll change his mind, Bowman isn't one of them. It's like college, Bowman says, at some point you have to graduate.
Phelps' first event is Saturday, the 400-meter individual medley.