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Michael Phelps returns to Water Cube in Beijing (video)

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Michael Phelps visited Beijing’s Water Cube on Sunday for what he said was the second time since the 2008 Olympics.

“As soon as I got on the plane to come down to Beijing, I was like, I really want to go and jump in the water,” Phelps said in a Facebook video, adding that he asked to do so (it didn’t appear that the request was granted). “It has been a crazy, crazy wave of emotions coming over me, coming back in here. Thinking back eight years ago to Beijing, going perfect, eight for eight [gold medals], seven world records. It’s wild, wild.”

If Phelps was correct saying it’s his second visit since the Olympics, it appears it would be his first visit in nearly eight years. Phelps went to Beijing in January 2009 and saw the Water Cube then, according to the BBC.

Phelps said he toured the facility, showing his wife, Nicole, and baby boy, Boomer, the warm-up pool and the lanes where he swam.

“I guess I have to say it’s my favorite pool, right?” Phelps said.

Phelps then ventured outside, into the chilly Beijing night, and saw his name on the outside of the arena.

“My name is spelled out on the Cube,” he said. “P-H-E-L-P-S. How sick is that?”

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“Which is so crazy to me,” Phelps said.

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Pretty crazy walking up to the water cube tonight! So many memories!!!

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Joseph Schooling eyes Michael Phelps’ world record at world champs

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Shortly after Joseph Schooling upset Michael Phelps in the Rio Olympic 100m butterfly, the Singapore swimmer made his next goal quite clear.

Take Phelps’ 100m butterfly world record.

Schooling repeated that claim after returning to the University of Texas for his junior season in November and again following March’s NCAA Championships, where he was beaten by Caeleb Dressel in the 100-yard butterfly.

The goal is apparently an imminent one.

Schooling said he believes he can break Phelps’ record at the world championships in Budapest in July, according to Channel News Asia. It would require lowering his personal best by more than a half-second.

“I’m looking forward to that race, and deep down I think if I do what I know I can do, if I execute everything well perfectly, I’d have a really good shot,” Schooling said Thursday, according to the report.

Schooling, 21, hasn’t raced a 100m butterfly since the Olympics, where he clocked 50.39 seconds. That broke Phelps’ Olympic record of 50.58 set at the 2008 Olympics. It’s the fifth-fastest time ever.

All of the top four times, including Phelps’ world record of 49.82, were set in 2009 at the peak of the high-tech swimsuit era.

“My dad told me 50.39 is a world record in a textile suit, but I want the world record on paper,” Schooling reportedly said less than a week after his Olympic title in August. “My next goal is breaking 49.8.”

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Aly Raisman calls out airport worker for ‘muscles’ comment

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Three-time Olympic champion Aly Raisman called out a male airport security worker who she says questioned whether she had enough muscles to be a gymnast.

Raisman posted on Twitter on Wednesday that after a female Transportation Security Administration worker said she recognized Raisman by her biceps, a male employee said, “I don’t see any muscles.” Raisman called the encounter “rude & uncomfortable.”

Raisman, who turned 23 Thursday, says she works “very hard to be healthy & fit.” She says that if a man can’t compliment a girl’s muscles, he’s sexist.

Raisman didn’t say where or when the airport exchange took place.

Raisman previously authored a powerful social media post about body image, shouting out “to all the boys from 5th-9th grade who made fun of me for being ‘too strong’” in November.

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