BY: John Mamola

Michael Phelps is coming out of retirement as his first step toward swimming at the 2016 Rio Olympics.  The 22-time Olympic medalist will compete for the first time since the 2012 London Olympics at a meet in Mesa, Ariz., on April 24-26.

USA Swimming said Monday that Phelps is expected to join fellow Olympians Ryan Lochte and Katie Ledecky at the Arena Grand Prix at SkylineAquaticCenter.

Phelps turns 29 in June and is the most decorated athlete in United States Olympic history. He captured 18 gold medals and 22 medals overall at the last three Summer Games including breaking Mark Spitz's record for a single Olympics by winning eight gold medals at Beijing in 2008.