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Michael Phelps’ concussion, more highlights from Bob Bowman’s book

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Michael Phelps was “clocked by an oar and suffered a concussion” during a rowing exercise while training in a program run by the Navy SEALs in 2010, according to Bob Bowman‘s book, “The Golden Rules,” released Tuesday.

That’s just one of the interesting stories from Bowman’s coaching career dotting the pages of his 10 steps to world-class excellence in life and work.

VIDEO: Bowman discusses ‘The Golden Rules’ on TODAY
EXCERPT: Bowman, Phelps meet in 2013 to discuss comeback

Other gems include:

  • Bowman had Phelps on a workout regimen that put him on pace for nine gold medals at the Beijing Olympics: “Eventually, we realized that the actual Olympic swimming schedule made it virtually impossible for MP to go for nine, but our revamped Game Plan had still done the job. Michael not only matched Spitz’s record but bettered it by one.”
  • Phelps’ “letdown” after the Beijing 2008 Olympics: “‘Nothing’s good enough for you!’ [Phelps] barked at me more than once. ‘I had to win eight gold medals to get a “Good job” out of you. Lay off, would you?'”
  • At the 2010 Pan Pacific Championships, Bowman doubted his coaching ability when a backstroker he trained, Liz Pelton, struggled at the meet.
    “‘What is wrong with you, Bowman? How did you mess this girl up? You brought her to this meet and she’s clearly not ready. Maybe it’s true. Maybe you can only coach Michael. You’ll never be able to coach anyone else.’
    Ten minutes into my self-imposed isolation, Michael came out and found me. This time he kicked me in the butt.
    ‘Pull yourself together and get back to the meet,’ he told me.”
  • On Phelps’ tumultuous’ training leading up to the London Olympics: “On July 5, one month before the Games began, Michael showed up for a 7 a.m. practice; from that point on, he never missed another workout or was late for one during the run-up to the Games.”
  • Bowman and Phelps agreed one day before leaving Baltimore that he would swim the 400m individual medley at the London Olympics: “The last words out of my mouth being, ‘What’s the worst thing that could happen? You win a silver medal? You’d never do worse than that.”
    Phelps finished fourth and “launched into Bowman” afterward:
    “‘I know, I know! I didn’t train! I played golf. I didn’t come to the pool enough. I can’t swim. I know. What else can I do wrong?’
    I just said, ‘You know what, Michael? There’s a whole long list of things you’ve done wrong, but we’re going to start with breaststroke.’
    That immediately toned him down. All he said was, ‘Okay.'”
  • Phelps’ words to Bowman before his final London Olympic race: “‘Bob, I wanted to be like Michael Jordan in basketball and change the sport. Bob, I wanted people to know about swimming. We’ve done that, Bob. We’ve become the best ever, but we got here together. Bob, thanks. Thank you so much.’
    He caught me off guard, and I started to well up. ‘That’s not fair,’ I said seconds later.
    ‘I know,’ he said. ‘You can’t see my tears, but yours are streaming down your face.'”
  • On Chase Kalisz, the 22-year-old two-time World medalist in his training group: “He may have been nine years younger than Michael, but as soon as he started showing up for workouts as a preteen he would try to race his idol over 25 meters — and sometimes even beat him.”
  • Phelps pulled training partner Allison Schmitt aside in 2014 after Schmitt failed to qualify for the 2014 Pan Pacific Championships and 2015 World Championships: “Schmitty, this is what you do. Pull out a video of your races in London and watch them — and then use those races to visualize what you need to do to get back to where you were.”

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Naomi Osaka, Coco Gauff set Australian Open duel

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Naomi Osaka and Coco Gauff will meet in the third round of a second straight Grand Slam, this time at the Australian Open on Friday.

Osaka, the defending champion and world No. 4, and Gauff, the 15-year-old American phenom, each won second-round matches in Melbourne to reach the final 32.

Osaka swept Chinese Zheng Saisai 6-2, 6-4 on a windy Wednesday afternoon. Later, Gauff followed her first-round win over Venus Williams by eliminating Romanian veteran Sorana Cirstea 4-6, 6-3, 7-5.

“I know what to expect,” Gauff said. “I’m excited.”

Osaka beat Gauff 6-3, 6-0 in the U.S. Open third round on Aug. 31. In the most memorable moment of that night, Osaka urged Gauff to share the on-court victor’s interview at Arthur Ashe Stadium.

“It’s better than going into the showers and crying,” Osaka told Gauff in front of a packed crowd. “Let these people know how you feel.”

Gauff obliged after at first declining.

“I’m not the type of person who wants to cry in front of everyone,” she said later. “I didn’t want to take that moment away from [Osaka], as well.”

Gauff, ranked No. 684 at this time last year, is now No. 67. She broke through by beating Williams in the Wimbledon first round, then reaching the round of 16.

Gauff won a lower-level WTA Tour event in October and now ranks fifth in U.S. Olympic singles qualifying. The top four after the French Open qualify for the Tokyo Games, though Gauff has fewer than half the points as No. 4 Alison Riske.

“It’s been really cool to watch her grow because it’s happened so fast,” Osaka said.

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John Isner leaning toward skipping Olympics again

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John Isner, the highest-ranked U.S. male singles tennis player, is considering skipping the Olympics for a second straight time.

“I haven’t put a ton of thought into it, but as of right now, I think I’m leaning towards not playing,” the 19th-ranked player said at the Australian Open on Tuesday. “It’s about scheduling. I know the Olympics, it’s a fantastic honor. There’s no doubt about that. … Right now, at this stage in my career, it’s not a huge priority for me. So that’s probably the main reason I won’t be going. I certainly love playing in the summer in America, and I’m going to focus on that.”

The Tokyo Games take place the same week as a lower-level ATP Tour event in Atlanta that Isner, a former University of Georgia star, has won five times.

Other notable male players already said they will pass on Tokyo, including Sam Querrey, the top American in Olympic qualifying standings.

Austrian Dominic Thiem, a two-time French Open finalist, is prioritizing an ATP event in Kitzbühel the week of the Olympics. The U.S. doubles team of Bob and Mike Bryan are not planning to play the Olympics in their final season before retirement, their manager said in November.

“The Olympics is very tough on the schedule … especially with Davis Cup,” Isner said in 2016, according to USA Today. “I think the fact that they have no [ATP ranking] points [at the Olympics], to be honest, was a pretty big factor as well. Obviously the Olympics is not about the money, but no points I think hindered me a bit.”

Isner, who turns 35 on April 26, is likely giving up his last chance to play Olympic singles. In his only Olympic participation, he reached the quarterfinals of the 2012 London Games, plus lost an opening-round doubles match there with Andy Roddick.

The top four U.S. men qualify for Tokyo, assuming they are among the top 60 overall qualifiers (maximum four per country) after this spring’s French Open.

Taylor FritzReilly Opelka, Steve Johnson and Tommy Paul are the U.S. men currently in Olympic qualifying position if excluding Querrey and Isner.

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