Phelps hasn’t turned his back on swimming, either. He’s got his name attached to a line of schools that he wants to take worldwide. He’s also devoting more time to his foundation, which is dedicated to teaching kids to swim and funding programs that will grow the sport even more.
He’s already done so much.
“His contribution to the way the world thinks about swimming is so powerful,” Bowman said. “I don’t think any other athlete has transformed his sport the way he’s transformed swimming.”
Phelps still receives regular texts from old friends and teammates, asking when he’s going to give up on this retirement thing and come back the pool as a competitor.
He scoffs at the notion, sounding more sure of himself now than he did in London.
And if there’s anything we’ve learned: Don’t doubt Michael Phelps when he sets his mind on something.
“Sure, I could come back in another four years. But why?” he asked, not waiting for an answer. “I’ve done everything I wanted to do. There’s no point in coming back.”
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