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A different Phelps this time around

Updated: July 26, 2012, 1:19 PM ET
By Wayne Drehs | ESPN.com

LONDON -- When the U.S. men's Olympic team gathered for its first meeting as a group last month, an unusual voice stood in front of the room and urged everyone to have fun, relax and enjoy everything that came with the final days of pursuing greatness.

The man was Michael Phelps. And the moment Phelps spoke, team captain Brendan Hansen nearly fell off his chair. In the past, the typically introverted Phelps had often deferred when it came to leadership. He wasn't comfortable. He didn't ...

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