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Olympics 2012: Michael Phelps And Coach Bob Bowman Ready For Last Olympics Together

Michael Phelps will go for his 15th gold medal Saturday with his longtime coach by his side.

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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.

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