Allison Schmitt Comeback for 2020? Not “At This Time”

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Allison Schmitt has not competed since winning Olympic gold last year in Rio as part of the U.S. women’s 800 free relay team, but one of her good friends, 23-time Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps, hinted Monday that a comeback may be in store for her.

Phelps posted two photos to his Instagram page of Schmitt at Mona Plummer Aquatic Center in Tempe, Ariz., where Bob Bowman, Phelps’ and Schmitt’s longtime coach, is the head coach. Schmitt currently lives with Phelps and his family in Scottsdale and is in graduate school at ASU.

Is it true?!! @coach_bowman @arschmitty

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However, Bowman told Swimming World in an email that “at this time,” there was “nothing to report.” Schmitt, however, never officially retired from competition after the Olympics, so she has left the door open for a return.

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Author: David Rieder

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David Rieder is a staff writer for Swimming World. He has contributed to the magazine and website since 2009, and he has covered the NCAA Championships, U.S. Nationals, Olympic Trials as well as the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio and the 2017 World Championships in Budapest. He is a native of Charleston, S.C., and a 2016 graduate of Duke University.

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