Michael Phelps
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PHOENIX, Arizona, May 8. AS the world knows, Michael Phelps came out of retirement a couple of weeks ago at the Arena Grand Prix meet in Mesa, Arizona, and we wanted to know your thoughts about his return to competition.


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Pretty much everyone who voted in our last poll said Michael did well in Mesa. Exactly 50 percent of voters said his 100 fly and the 50 fly he swam during the 50 freestyle race were better than expected. And 44.74 percent said he did as well as they expected him to perform. 5.26 percent, on the other hand, said Phelps performed worse than expected. I'm not sure what they expected from Phelps in his first swim after 20 months away, but there it is.

With Phelps making his comeback, we've been hearing some calls from swimming fans for other big names to also come out of retirement in time for the 2016 Olympics. So, for our new poll question we're presenting four athletes whose comeback announcements would make some big headlines. First is Rebecca Adlington. She concluded her career in front of a home crowd at the 2012 Olympics, winning bronze medals in the 400 and 800 freestyles, but she could still be competitive on the world stage if she decided to return. Next up is Ricky Berens. This was probably the most surprising retirement announcement in recent years. Just a month after winning gold as part of the 800 free relay for the United States at the world championships, Berens hung up the suit to pursue a career with the Longhorn Foundation at the University of Texas. Berens' return, if it were to happen, would boost the United States' dominance in the relays.

Brent Hayden has been a longtime fixture in the sprinting scene, and after winning a bronze medal in the 100 free in London, Hayden called it a career. It's understandable why Hayden would retire now that he's won medals in all the major competitions, but it would be great to see him racing the best in the 100 free once again. And finally, we have Rebecca Soni, the woman who first broke 2:20 in the 200-meter breaststroke. Though she's got some competition at the top with current world record holder Rikke Moller Pedersen, it still feels like a big hole is present in the breaststroke events without Soni there.

So those are your four choices. Go to swimmingworld.com to make your pick in our Poll of the Week on the right side of our home page. You have until next Wednesday, May 14, to vote. We'll bring you the results of the poll on our next show.