ROAD TO RIO: What do swimmers love & hate about the water?

Michael Phelps swims during the men’s 200-meter butterfly preliminaries at the U.S. Olympic swimming trials Tuesday. AP Photo

Michael Phelps will be spending his final days in the Olympic pool next month in Rio. It will likely bring to an end his swimming career, and like many swimmers, a love/hate affair with water.

“Jumping in and floating along the bottom and experiencing your body in the water and that sensation of, you know, the water on your skin combined with the sounds of the water kind of rushing past your ears, that’s what home feels like,” Nathan Adrian said.

Missy Franklin shared her favorite – and least favorite things about the water. “It’s kind of funny because I actually think the things that leave the most lasting impact are the things that I kind of get annoyed with the most, like the chlorine smell. I can never get it off, but that’s such a sense of home for me. When I smell that chlorine, it’s comforting,” Franklin said.

“Goggle marks. I think I have permanent goggle marks indented into my face and it drives me crazy every time I look into a mirror but at the same time it’s like, I wouldn’t be the same person that I am today without those goggle marks. And so, it’s actually the things that kind of make me a little angry, that I get a little sick of that mean the most,” she added.

Phelps himself weighed in.

“You can smell the chlorine from a mile away. You could take, like, two or three showers a day and still have this chlorine on you. I could never get it off, so I think that’s something that I’m stuck with the rest of my life,” he said.

The Opening Ceremony for the Rio Olympic Games can be seen August 5 on News Channel 8. News Channel 8’s Paul Ryan will be in Rio with live reports during the Olympics, which run from Aug. 5 – 21.

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