Michael Phelps spent days curled in a fetal position, “not wanting to be alive anymore,” he said, following his DUI arrest on Sept. 30, 2014, according to Sports Illustrated.
Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time with 22 medals, and his comebacks from a 20-month competitive retirement and the DUI arrest, charges, 45-day rehab and six-month suspension were the subject of an SI cover story this week.
Phelps, the fastest swimmer in the world this year in the 100m and 200m butterflies and the 200m individual medley, is scheduled to compete in a USA Swimming meet in Minneapolis this week, his first competition in three months and his first of the 2015-16 Olympic season.
Phelps’ return to form has been staggering given where he was leading up to that DUI.
“I had been living in fear that I was going to get a call that something had happened,” longtime coach Bob Bowman said, according to SI. “Honestly, I thought, the way he was going, he was going to kill himself. Not take his own life, but something like the DUI, but worse.”
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