Michael Phelps has dropped one of his races at the London Olympics, giving up the chance go for another eight gold medals.
Coach Bob Bowman tweeted Monday that Phelps was scratching the 200-meter freestyle, and the decision was confirmed by U.S. head coach Gregg Troy.
The move gives way to Charlotte swimmer Ricky Berens who will now race the 200-meter freestyle in Phelps' place. Berens found out via Twitter on Monday and responded with, "WAIT WHAT!!!!"
He went on to say, "Words can't describe how I am feeling right now. If Twitter is right, I am swimming the 200 free at the Olympics!!!!! This is nuts!!!" via his Twitter account.
Phelps qualified in five individual events for London at the U.S. Olympic trials in Omaha, and he's expected to swim all three relays. But he's decided to focus on the 200 and 400 individual medley, and the 100 and 200 butterfly.