Michael Phelps Confirms His Retirement — Last Competition Tonight, Saturday

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Michael Phelps confirmed that he is retiring after the 2016 Rio Olympics — the most decorated Olympic athlete of all time told USA Today Sports late Friday night. The source says the following.

"[Ryan] Lochte had previously speculated that despite Phelps having announced his plans to retire, that the swimming legend would again return to try to dominate the pool."

Make that 28 depending on the outcome of the men's 4x100 freestyle relay tonight. So tonight's swimming event is certainly the biggest ticket item of the 2016 Rio Olympics — or all the Olympics combined. It's the last time to see the most decorated player in the Olympics compete. You can't miss it.

Whatever the outcome, Michael Phelps' last hurrah will go down in the history books. You owe it to posterity not to miss watching this one if only so that you can tell your children and your children's children that you watched one of the best athletes of all time compete for the last time in a game that he plays best — better than most any athlete can.

Here is CNN's take on the meaning of Michael Phelps' Olympic achievements.

"Michael Phelps is used to rewriting history -- now he's eclipsing it too. You have to go back around 2,160 years, give a week or two, to find an athlete who could challenge the imperious record held by the Baltimore Bullet."

"It's rather amazing to think of Michael's journey since 2004 at age 15 and now 31. It's just remarkable. Michael is very driven. He's driven to correct things that have gone wrong, to set goals for himself as to where he wants to be."

Undoubtedly, Michael Phelps' family has had a big role to play in making him what he is today. For one, it is not a secret that Boomer, his three-month-old son, is the wind beneath the flying fish's wings. According to the Inquisitr, the top Olympian is also getting married soon to the love of his life.

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