Michael Phelps, an American who has made history and his name known to the world intends to rewrite history again during the London Olympics 2012. Furthermore, he claims that this Olympics would be his very last. “I’ve said I don’t want to swim past the age of 30” Phelps stated. Next month, he would be turning 27. This means that by the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, he would be over 30 years old. “I definitely would love to go to Rio and be able to just be there for support, see what it is like on the other side of the fence and just enjoy it,” said the swim star.
However, Phelps who won a record eight gold medals at the previous games has yet to discover his form recently. At last year’s world championships, Ryan Lochte, his U.S. teammate managed to outperform Phelps. During the competition, Lochte ended up beating Phelps twice head-to-head and winning four individual golds as compared to Phelps’ two. Despite that, it has only helped the 27 year old to be more determined. “He was just like kind of rolling over me. It wasn’t fun to be on that end, and it was something that was very motivating for me.”
So far, he has a total of sixteen Olympic medals under his belt and just require three more to become the Olympian with the most amount of medals. “Sometimes, I guess, you see records and you say you want to get there and you can use it as motivation. In a way, it’s kind of cool that there is a possibility to rewrite history,” Phelps said. The current record holder is Larisa Latynina, a Russian gymnast who managed to accumulate 18 medals over four Olympics, ending in 1964.
As the build up to the London Olympics gets more intense, we can only wait to figure out who will come up on top. Will it be Michael Phelps or Ryan Lochte? Perhaps, it might even be someone else whom we did not expect. However, the main question is whether Michael Phelps will be able to break Larisa Latynina’s record. We’ll only be able to find out in just about 74 days.
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