Phelps Not Sure If He'll Swim in 2012 Olympics
Swimmer struggling with fallout from 'stupid' bong encounter
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 5, 2009 7:09 AM CST
Michael Phelps walks to his vehicle after leaving the North Baltimore Aquatic Club yesterday.   (AP Photo/Rob Carr)
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(Newser) – Michael Phelps is weighing whether to compete at the 2012 Olympics in the wake of fallout over his much-publicized encounter with a bong, he tells his hometown paper, the Baltimore Sun. Phelps still has goals to achieve in the sport and will talk his decision over with his family and coach, says the swimmer, but he "clearly made a mistake" and has been deeply embarrassed by it.

Phelps—who has been dogged by paparazzi over the past week and people shouting at his house through megaphones early in the morning—says returning to regular training has helped restore some calm to his life. "In the pool I'm back to my routine, the thing I love, the thing I care about most," he said.