After the London Olympics, swimming sensation Michael Phelps walked away with his head held high. He was extremely certain that it was the last Olympics he will participate in and his career was officially over. Fast forward to about a year later and he doesn’t sound so sure now. Although he is enjoying life to the fullest at the moment, especially without all the daily practices at the pool, he still left the door open to change his mind before the 2016 Rio Games.
“I don’t know what’s going to happen in the future. I don’t know what’s going to happen tomorrow,” he stated. Michael was in Barcelona for the world swimming championships and he spoke with The Associated Press along with other international media organisations in one-to-one interviews. When he was asked if he had any intention of competing at the next Olympics, he simply answered that he had not plan for that far ahead yet. This was quite a significant difference in his answer compared to that before and immediately after the London Games. During that point of time, he insisted that his retirement had already been set in stone and that his goal was to retire from swimming before he turned 30.
“I don’t know. We’re in 2013. There’s nothing in the works right now,” said the 28-year-old, who will turn 31 by the start of the Rio Games. As of now, there is still ample time for a comeback, but he would need to start training before the year ends. This will enable him to reach his peak condition, leading up to the next world championships in 2015, which is an important stepping stone for the Olympics. As of now, he isn’t close to training after injuring his small toe of his right foot.
“I have no plans to do anything. I love what I’m doing now. I’m able to travel so much, play golf. I’m on my schedule. I’ve never been able to have that. I’ve never been able to do really whatever I want to do. I go wherever I want to go. I see whatever I want to see. It’s nice waking up at 10, 11, 12 o’clock in the afternoon. I’m pretty lazy besides playing golf. I don’t do much,” he mentioned. For the rest of the story, you can check it out here.
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