OMAHA, Neb. – One last time for the last time, Ryan Lochte vs. Michael Phelps.
For the final time on American soil – or in American water, if you will – two of the four faces you'd put on the Mount Rushmore of United States men's swimming will face off in a major meet. They will contest the 200-meter individual medley Friday night at the Olympic Trials, and the other six finalists will be mere crowd extras.
This is Federer-Nadal. Manning-Brady. Bird-Magic. Palmer-Nicklaus. Except bigger, because most of the world only pays attention every four years. The fact that both men have sustained their greatness for this long in a burnout sport is amazing.
And in terms of competitiveness, this will be a match race. The No. 3 seed entering the event, Will Licon of Texas, scratched the race to concentrate on the 200 breaststroke Thursday night (in which he finished third by the cruel margin of .14 seconds). The No. 4 seed, Chase Kalisz, also scratched.
So the closest contenders, distant as they Read More »from Ryan Lochte and Michael Phelps will face off in their final U.S. Trials showdown