He’s the most decorated Olympic athlete of all-time. 22 career medals, 18 of them gold; and Michael Phelps has already come out and said this is it Rio is his swan song.
“It’s crazy to think back that ‘yeah I’m back in the pool again.’ but it’s also kinda not. I think I’m in a different place now and when I say this is my last one, this is my last one,” said Michael Phelps
Well we thought that four years ago after the 2012 games in London.
“I wanted nothing to do with the sport anymore. I was completely finished. I was ready to move on and ready to retire,” said Phelps.
For about a year and a half Michael Phelps did step away from the stage he’d been dominating since he was a teenager.
“I think i was the first person that said he was coming back. In 2012. I knew when i didn’t do it for like two months i was missing it. So i knew that he would definitely be back ’cause that competitive edge, that instinct, that doesn’t leave your body,” said Ryan Lochte
Certainly not with gold medals at stake. In Rio Phelps has a realistic chance of adding a few more to his already impressive total.
Of course, before Rio, Michael Phelps needs to go to Omaha for the Olympic team trials at the end of June. Even at the age of 30 Michael Phelps owns three world-best times, which he set last year.