A grand total of 22 medals over three Olympics over the past twelve years. This averages out to be seven medals in each Olympics. Noone else came even close to what Michael Phelps had accomplished in his swimming career. Up till today, there is no other athlete who can claim that they have achieved such success at only the age of 27. However, as we all should know, all good things must come to an end. Phelps has decided that this was his last Olympics and that he would retire after it’s over.
He finished it off in perfect style with his 18th gold medal on Saturday. Along with the rest of his teammates, he managed to come out on top in the 4×100-meter medley relay. His trademark butterfly stroke allowed the United States team to reclaim the lead and take home the win. “I’ve been able to do everything that I wanted. I was able to really put the final cherry on top tonight, put all the whipped cream I wanted and sprinkles. I was able to top off the sundae. It’s been a great career. It’s been a great journey. I can’t be any more happy than I am.” said Phelps.
As of now, Michael Phelps retires with twice the number of gold medals that any other Olympian has held. In fact, 27 is still a decent age for him to go for at least one more Olympic as he will only be 31 by then. However, he has decided that three Olympics is more than enough for him. “I told myself I never want to swim when I’m 30. No offense to those people who are 30, but that was something I always said to myself, and that would be in three years. I just don’t want to swim for those three years,” he stated.
After the win, he gave hugs to all 3 of his teammates as well as his 16 year long coach, Bob Bowman. “Bob and I have somehow managed to do every single thing. If you can say that about your career, there’s no need to move forward. Time for other things,” Phelps explained. There were still many questions on whether he would make a comeback just like how Ian Thorpe and Janet Evans attempted to. “I don’t think so. We’ve had a great end to a great run and there’s not much more he can do. I guess if he finds after a few years he’s searching for something and thinks he can find it in swimming, he could look at it. But I don’t think he will. I think he’s ready to explore other things. He’s done all he can do here,” Bob spoke on his behalf. For the full story, check it out here.
Happy Fish Swim School would like to congratulate Michael Phelps on his amazing career as a swimmer and for his achievement in the London 2012 Olympics. We believe that he is one of the fiercest competitors to ever set foot in the swimming industry. His name will definitely go down in history. Thank you Michael Phelps for the magical moments and for setting the bar up high for other swimmers to follow.