Michael Phelps is going out with one final gold—this time in the 400-meter medley relay, and with that, well, it’s over–at least this chapter of his life, and Michael Phelps is walking away smiling. You would be too if you walked away from your Olympic career with 22 medals, 18 gold and the prestigious title ofTheGreatest Athelete Of All Time.
Phelps had beeng given a trophy from FINA, the international governing body of swimming. It had been presented to him earlier Sunday night, after winning his 22nd and final Olympic medal.
Michael Phelps has brought swimming into the Olympic mainstream, taking it from a sideline sport to a mainstream event–from daytime to primetime.
So what did Phelps do on the first day of the rest of his life? Well, he got up early. Really early. After 20 years of vigorous training, some habits are hard to break.
“I wish I could sleep a little longer,” Phelps said. “I’ve been used to getting up early the last 20 years. We’re going to work on getting on a little different schedule.”
Will he come back and compete in Rio in 2016? He could, but why would he? He’s got nothing left to prove. Nothing left to do.
“I’ve been able to do everything I’ve wanted,” he said. “Bob [Bowman, his coach] and I have somehow managed to do every single thing.”
So will he ever swim again? Of course.
“If I go swimming any place, it will probably be in the ocean,” Phelps said. “I will actually enjoy getting in the water at the beach. I’ve been on a couple of vacations before, but I never wanted to get around water because I spent so much time in the water. Hopefully, I can jump in now and actually enjoy it, just splashing around with my friends.”
So what is next for Phelps? School? TV? Movies?
“The biggest thing I really want to do is travel and see a bunch of the world,” he said. “I don’t even know where to begin,” Phelps said. “I’m just going to take it one step at a time, one day at a time. If I want to do something, I’m just going to do it.”
Enjoy it Michael. You deserve it!
Your Jersey Girlfriend,