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Phelps signs with new suit company

Phelps signs with new suit company

Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time, leaves a news conference for the U.S. nationals at the William Woollett Jr. Aquatics Complex in Irvine, Calif., on Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014. The five-day event starts Wednesday, Aug. 6, with berths for next year's world championships at stake. Photo: Associated Press/AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes

PAUL NEWBERRY, AP National Writer
BALTIMORE (AP) — After partnering with Speedo through most of his swimming career, Michael Phelps has agreed to a new deal with Aqua Sphere.

The company is a newcomer to competitive swimming, but is already designing a racing suit that Phelps can begin wearing on Jan. 1. The deal is a huge coup for Aqua Sphere as it tries to gain a foothold alongside companies such as Arena, Speedo and Tyr.

Phelps and his coach, Bob Bowman, will be working with Aqua Sphere on a range of products beyond racing suits, hoping to lure more kids into swimming and reduce the number of drowning deaths. Phelps tells The Associated Press “this is an exciting part of my career that I’ve never been able to experience before.”

The deal will officially be announced Tuesday.
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