|Phelps would obliterate his Olympic record if he qualified, competed for and won 10 medals in London. (AP)|
At his final Olympics, Michael Phelps could be going all out, shooting for 10 medals in seven kinds of races. The Baltimore Sun and Yahoo Sports' Pat Forde reported Monday morning that Phelps will swim in seven events at the U.S. Olympic trials, which will be held June 25-July 2 in Omaha, Neb. If Phelps finishes in the good within each race (first or second is required to make the Olympics for each race), he'll have an unprecedented opportunity to bring home a double-digit medal inventory from London.
Phelps will attempt to qualify for Olympic races in the 200- and 400-meter individual medley, the 100- and 200-meter butterfly, the 200-meter backstroke, and the 100- and 200-meter freestyle. He'll also be part of three U.S. men's swimming relay teams.
The 200 backstroke is an event Phelps did not swim in at the 2008 Olympics. The same goes for the 100 freestyle. In total, Phelps swam flawlessly in eight events in Beijing, winning eight golds (three from team relays), setting an Olympic record.
Forde qualifies the reporting by stating there is a chance Phelps could be a late scratch from a race or two. Most recently, at the 2011 World Championships, Phelps swam well but wasn't completely dominant. He won gold in the 100- and 200-meter butterfly. He picked up two more golds, but those were in team relays (the 4x200 freestyle and 4x100 medley). Phelps took Silver in the 200 freestyle and the 200 individual medley.
The news is pretty big in the swimming world, considering Phelps, at one point, seriously deliberated on not competing in London entirely. Now he's potentially taking on a more-daunting race load than what he burdened himself with four years ago.