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Michael Phelps eyes Ian Thorpe return

Updated: July 15, 2011, 12:22 PM ET
Associated Press

GOLD COAST, Australia -- Michael Phelps was still getting over a mild slump when he heard Ian Thorpe was planning a comeback for the London Olympics.

The 14-time Olympic gold medalist freely admits he hates to lose. So news of the Australian's return couldn't have come as any better motivation for training.

Thorpe, who dominated swimming immediately before Phelps took the sport to unprecedented levels, beat his rival in an exhilarating 200-meter freestyle final at the 2004 Olympics.

"He ...

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