Michael Phelps retired promptly after winning a few more gold medals at the 2012 Olympics. The American swimmer, who is now the most decorated athlete in Olympic history, has repeatedly said that he would not be returning to the pool for the 2016 Olympics.
But in case you needed to hear it one more time…
Phelps was in Rio last week for the Laureus Sports Awards and he even visited a pool. But that’s about as close as Phelps is going to get from competing in the 2016 Olympics. The Olympic swimmer told a group of kids at the pool that he was absolutely retired and had no plans of making a comeback.
Phelps said: “I’m done. I’m done … I look back at all I’ve got and I can truly say I’ve done everything I’ve wanted.”
Phelps may be done competing but that doesn’t mean that he’s done with swimming. While in Rio, the most decorated athlete in Olympic history gave a swimming clinic to some young athletes at the Rocinha Sports Center.
Phelps said: “Coming to the Laureus World Sports Awards has given me a great opportunity to visit Rocinha and get a feel for what is going on here. I enjoyed meeting some of the kids and I really feel sport is making a difference here.”
Rumors may circulate from time to time about Phelps swimming in the 2016 Olympics but the swimmer doesn’t have any plans at the moment.
Phelps would be 31 at the 2016 Olympics and would probably be capable of claiming another medal or two. Dara Torres won three silver medals at the 2008 Olympic Games at the age of 41.
Do you think Michael Phelps should give it one more try? Do you think he’ll swim at the 2016 Olympics?