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Return won't tarnish Phelps' legacy

Updated: April 24, 2014, 1:36 PM ET
By Jim Caple | ESPN.com

MESA, Ariz. -- We will see where this comeback takes Michael Phelps. We will see whether it ends in Rio de Janeiro at the 2016 Summer Olympics (or, who knows, Tokyo in 2020) and whether he receives more medals atop podiums or walks away from the pool deck with nothing but his swimsuit and goggles.

But here's one thing his return will not do. It will not diminish what Phelps has already accomplished. Twenty-two Olympic medals, including 18 gold, won't tarnish just because an athlete ...

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