In a dialogue with Anderson Cooper on “60 Minutes” world acclaimed swimming phenom Michael Phels says that he will retire—for good.
“Once I retire, I’m retiring,” he told Cooper. “I’m done.”
The 16-time medalist, who’s the clear pick for the gold in London says he was burned out after Beijing.
“It was hard, because I didn’t know if the passion or the fire was still inside of me,” Phelps told Cooper. “And it took awhile for me to actually realize it myself. [Coach] Bob [Bowman] couldn’t tell me, my mom couldn’t tell me. They couldn’t help me find it.”
Well it seems he’s got his mojo back! Here’s some other interesting facts: Phelps sleeps in a chamber that simulates being at 8,500 feet, he carries his Beijing medals in a purse and he likes to take “Hangover”-inspired trips to Las Vegas
Fantastic! I can’t wait to cheer him on in July!
*parts of this story contributed by YahooSports.com