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Michael Phelps ready for challenge

Updated: June 19, 2014, 10:25 PM ET
Associated Press

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Michael Phelps returned to swimming on his own terms. His ultimate goal obviously is to compete in the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics, though he's being coy about it.

The 18-time Olympic champion said Thursday that he's focused on this weekend's Santa Clara Grand Prix, where he is entered in the 100-meter freestyle and 100 butterfly Friday, the 200 freestyle Saturday and the 200 individual medley Sunday.

"I'd like to see where I am at the end of this meet," ...

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