Swimmer Michael Phelps announces retirement, this time for good
Rio 2016 Olympics will be the last tournament for US’ swimmer Michael Phelps.
He’s won five gold and one silver at this year’s game, tallying his Olympics medals to 28, with 23 of them gold.
Phelps told Today: ‘Done, done, done — and this time I mean it, I wanted to come back and finish my career how I wanted and this was the cherry on top of the cake.’
‘Between now and London, I was so much more emotional during these Games, I think that showed at times on camera, that’s the difference. Because I knew this was the last time. I knew this was the last race that I ever had, the last Olympics that I ever had. And everything just really hit hard.’
Recall that four years ago he made a similar statement during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London where he won his 18th career gold medal and his 22nd overall, with 4 gold and 2 silver medals.
‘I’m done. I’m finished. I’m retired. I’m done. No more,’ he told TODAY’s Matt Lauer in 2012.
Phelps got engaged to former Miss California USA Nicole Johnson in 2015 and they both have a son together. He was welcomed to the world in May 2016.
He made his Olympic Games debut in 2000 at the age of 15 and becoming the youngest male to make a U.S. Olympic swim team in 68 years, However he did not win a medal, but finished fifth in the 200-meter butterfly.
After the Olympics games 2012 in London, the international swimming federation (FINA) honoured Phelps as the most decorated Olympian ever.