Sporting a goatee and an old-school swimsuit, Michael Phelps picked up right where he left off in Beijing. Two races. Two wins. The world's greatest swimmer left a 9-month layoff and marijuana travails in his wake tonight at his first meet since a triumphant Olympics. None of it seemed to matter when Phelps dove in for two events less than an hour apart at the Charlotte UltraSwim in Charlotte, NC.
He started with a victory in the 200-meter freestyle and came right back to touch first in the 100 butterfly, both with times that easily broke the meet records he set 3 years ago. "I was real happy with today," Phelps said. "I think the training is working well." Coach Bob Bowman, usually Phelps' harshest critic, was downright giddy when he saw the times—1:46 in the 200 free and 51.72 in the fly.