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Monday, July 23, 2012
Michael Phelps Swims His Last
Born with an extraordinary gift for swimming, Michael Phelps had gained the favor of the crowd following his astounding eight gold medals straight in a competition during the 2008 Summer Games in Beijing, China.
At an early age, Michael started his swimming career following the footsteps of his parents, former swimmers Fred Phelps and Debbie Davisson. His one-of-a-kind swimming prowess was yet to be discovered until he reached 15, his first and major break in the world of swimming.
The following shows a timeline of events encompassing Michael Phelps' excellent swimming record.
• 2000 – Participated in the Sydney Olympics at the age of 15 • 2003 – Won four gold medals and two silver medals during the 2003 World Swimming Championships • 2004 – Earned six gold medals and two bronze medals at the 2004 Summer Olympics • 2005 – Bagged five gold medals and one silver medal during the 2005 World Swimming Championships • 2007 – Brought home seven gold medals during the 2007 World Swimming Championships • 2008 – Won eight gold medals during the 2008 Summer Olympics
The mob waits expectantly as Phelps shows his best once again in the 2012 London Olympics. But the 27-year-old Phelp’s statement brought chill and sadness in the hearts of his fans. According to GlobalPost, Michael Phelps expressed his desire to retire during a 60-minute interview by Anderson Cooper; he said he is ready to go for the gold in the 2012 Olympics, but once he hits the final wall, it is all over.
“Once I retire, I’m retiring. I’m done,” Phelps said.
According to USA Today, there is a chance of Phelps retiring as the athlete with the most Olympic career medals, having won a total of 16 medals throughout his Olympic career, provided that he brings home three medals from the fast-approaching London Olympics.
Phelps suffered a major drawback after being spotted by a paparazzi smoking marijuana. In his comeback, people are expecting to see the Phelps they used to cheer. Phelps himself expressed how hard it is since he still doesn’t know if the passion or fire is still inside him. Phelps sees himself as a regular guy after the 2012 London Olympics.