Monday's Olympic preview: Controversy behind them, Michael Phelps and Tyler Clary go head-to-head; 4 events for Sam Mikulak in gymnastics final
A preview of Monday's Olympic schedule, with an emphasis on athletes with Ann Arbor-area ties:
Michael Phelps insists there’s no rift between himself and former Michigan swimmer Tyler Clary.
They’ll certainly share a common goal on Monday.
The American teammates will both participate in the fifth and final preliminary heat of the 200-meter butterfly, scheduled for 5:36 a.m. at the Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park.
Clary made national headlines when he questioned Phelps’ work ethic during an interview with his hometown newspaper, The Press-Enterprise in Riverside, Calif.
He told the newspaper that he "saw a real lack of preparation" by Phelps during their year training together at Michigan. He implied that Phelps, who trained with Club Wolverine from 2005-08, got by on natural talent while others had to work hard.
Phelps said the incident was behind them during a press conference last Thursday. He said Clary came to his room during the pre-Olympic training camp, and they spoke for about 10 minutes.
"He said everything was taken out of context. He apologized," Phelps said. "He didn't need to do that. Whatever he said, he said. But we are teammates. We come as one, we leave as one."
Phelps' coach, Bob Bowman -- also Clary’s coach during his freshman season at Michigan -- made a not-so-subtle reference to the former Wolverine during the news conference attended by several hundred media.
"The thing that makes Michael great is the work," Bowman said, without even getting a question about Clary. "He worked as hard as anybody could possibly work."r>
Phelps, of course, is the winningest Olympian ever with 14 gold medals. He claimed his 17th career medal on Sunday when the U.S. 400 freestyle relay team earned a silver.
He also has the fastest qualifying time in the 200 butterfly at 1:53.34. Clary’s qualifying time of 1:55.12 is the ninth best.
The eight fastest swimmers compete for a medal in the event on Tuesday.
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Four events for Mikulak
Michigan junior Sam Mikulak will compete on floor, still rings, pommel horse and parallel bars when the U.S. men’s gymnastics team competes in the team final at 11:30 a.m. Monday.
The U.S. is searching for its first team gold since 1984. The Americans topped qualifying Saturday, but scores are reset in the finals. Teams send out three gymnasts for each of six events, and all three scores count.
Only one U.S. gymnast -- national champion John Orozco -- will compete in more individual events. He will do everything but floor exercise.
U.S. Water Polo
Ann Arbor native Betsey Armstrong and the U.S. women’s water polo team opens Olympic group play against Hungary at 2:40 p.m.
The U.S. has medaled in every Olympics since women's water polo was added to the schedule in 2000, including a silver in Beijing with Armstrong in goal. The Americans, a favorite this year, have never won gold.
Schmitt on medal quest
Canton High School graduate Allison Schmitt, a former Club Wolverine age group swimmer, has competed in two events at the London Olympics. Both resulted in a medal and an American record.
She anchored the American's bronze medal-winning 800 freestyle team on Saturday and won a silver medal in the 400 freestyle on Sunday.
Her third event starts at 5 a.m. Monday with the preliminaries of the 200 freestyle.
Could Schmitt add a gold medal to her collection? She does have the best qualifying time of the 38 swimmers in the preliminary round.
Three more Wolverines
Three other former Michigan athletes will be in action Monday:
Tom Peszek and his partner, Silas Stafford, will compete in the men’s pair repachage -- a fancy word for second chance -- at 5:10 a.m. The American boat will race against Hungary, Germany and Serbia with the top three advancing to the semifinal round.
Another former Michigan rower, Sarah Trowbridge, will be part of the American team in the women’s double sculls heats beginning at 5:20 a.m.
Former Wolverine women’s basketball player Krista Phillips and her Canada team play Olympic hosts Great Britain in group play at 3 p.m.
All times Eastern
Men's and women's individual eliminations, 4 a.m.
Men's and Women's Individual eliminations, 10 a.m.
Men's and women's singles, doubles and mixed doubles prelims, 3:30 a.m.
Men's and women's singles, doubles and mixed doubles prelims, 7:30 a.m.
Men's and women's singles, doubles and mixed doubles prelims, 1:30 p.m.
Croatia vs. China, 4 a.m.
Czech Republic vs. Turkey, 6:15 a.m.
France vs. Australia, 9:30 a.m.
Russia vs. Brazil, 11:45 a.m.
Britain vs. Canada, 3 p.m.
Angola vs. United States, 5:15 p.m.
Men's and women's prelims (4 matches), 4 a.m.
Men's and women's prelims (4 matches), 9:30 a.m.
Men's and women's prelims (4 matches), 3 p.m.
Men's flyweight (52kg) and men's light heavyweight (81kg) round of 32, 8:30 a.m.
Men's flyweight (52kg) and men's light heavyweight (81kg) round of 32, 3:30 p.m.
Men's canoe double heats; women's kayak heats, 8:30 a.m.
Men's synchronized 10-meter platform final, 10 a.m.
Individual & team eventing: cross-country, 9:30 a.m.
Women's individual epee round of 64, round of 32, round of 16, quarterfinals, 5:30 a.m.
Women's individual epee semifinals, bronze and gold medal matches, 1 p.m.
Men's Field Hockey
South Korea vs. New Zealand, 3:30 a.m.
Australia vs. South Africa, 5:45 a.m.
Spain vs. Pakistan, 8:45 a.m.
Netherlands vs. India, 11 a.m.
Britain vs. Argentina, 2 p.m.
Germany vs. Belgium, 4:15 p.m.
Men's team final, 11:30 a.m.
Men's 73kg and women's 57kg elimination rounds, quarterfinals, 4:30 a.m.
Men's 73kg and women's 57kg repechages, semifinal contests, bronze medal contests, gold medal contest, 9 a.m.
Men's pairs repechage, fours heats, eights repechage, quadruple sculls repechage; women's pairs repechage, double sculls heats, quadruple sculls repechage, 4:30 a.m.
Men's 49er, finn, laser, RS:X, star; women's elliott 6m, laser radial, RS:X, 7 a.m.
Men's 10-meter air rifle qualification and final; men's skeet qualification (Day 1), 4 a.m.
Men's 200 butterfly heats; women's 200 freestyle, 200 individual medley heats, 5 a.m.
Men's 200 butterfly semifinals, 100 backstroke final, 200 freestyle final; women's 200 freestyle semifinals, 200 individual medley semifinals, 100 backstroke final, 100 breaststroke final, 2:30 p.m.
Men's singles third round, 5 a.m.
Women's singles fourth round, 10:30 a.m.
Men's singles fourth round, 2 p.m.
Women's Team Handball
Angola vs. Croatia, 4:30 a.m.
South Korea vs. Denmark, 6:15 a.m.
Britain vs. Russia, 9:30 a.m.
France vs. Spain, 11:15 a.m.
Brazil vs. Montenegro, 2:30 p.m.
Sweden vs. Norway, 4:15 p.m.
Men's and women's singles second round; men's and women's doubles second round, 6:30 a.m.
China vs. Turkey, 4:30 a.m.
Serbia vs. South Korea, 6:30 a.m.
Dominican Republic vs. Russia, 9:45 a.m.
United States vs. Brazil, 11:45 a.m.
Italy vs. Japan, 3 p.m.
Britain vs. Algeria, 5 p.m.
Women's Water Polo
Spain vs. China, 9:10 a.m.
Italy vs. Australia, 10:30 a.m.
Britain vs. Russia, 1:20 p.m.
Hungary vs. United States, 2:40 p.m.
Men's 62kg group B and women's 58kg group B, 5 a.m.
Women's 58kg group A (medal), 10:30 a.m.
Men's 62kg group A (medal), 2 p.m.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.