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What's left for Michael Phelps to prove?

Updated: August 25, 2010, 1:10 PM ET
By Wayne Drehs | ESPN.com

IRVINE, Calif. -- As he climbed out of the pool after his preliminary heat in the 400-meter individual medley last week, Michael Phelps smiled.

The grin wasn't backed by happiness or joy, but rather humbleness, embarrassment and pain. It was as though he were a sly little boy who had just been caught breaking the rules and wasn't sure how bad his punishment would be.

This wasn't the greatest Olympian of all time. This wasn't the man who won a record eight gold medals ...

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