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Michael Phelps

"Michael Phelps announces retirement"



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Michael Fred Phelps II is an American swimmer and the most decorated Olympian of all time, with a total of 22 medals. Phelps also holds the all-time records for Olympic gold medals (18, double the second highest record holders), Olympic gold medals in individual events (11), and Olympic medals in individual events for a male (13). In winning eight gold medals at the 2008 Beijing Games, Phelps took the record for the most first-place finishes at any single Olympic Games. Five of those victories were in individual events, tying the single Games record. In the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Phelps won four golds and two silver medals, making him the most successful athlete of the Games for the third Olympics in a row.

Phelps is the long course world recordholder in the 100-meter butterfly, 200-meter butterfly and 400-meter individual medley as well as the former long course world recordholder in the 200-meter freestyle and 200-meter individual medley. He has won a total of 71 medals in major international long-course competition, 57 gold, 11 silver, and three bronze spanning the Olympics, the World, and the Pan Pacific Championships. Phelps's international titles and record-breaking performances have earned him the World Swimmer of the Year Award seven times and American Swimmer of the Year Award nine times as well as the FINA Swimmer of the Year Award in 2012. His unprecedented Olympic success in 2008 earned Phelps Sports Illustrated magazine's Sportsman of the Year award.

After the 2008 Summer Olympics, Phelps started the Michael Phelps Foundation, which focuses on growing the sport of swimming and promoting healthier lifestyles. He continues to work with his foundation after the 2012 Olympics, which he has said will be his last. [1]

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Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time, insisted Monday he finished swimming his last Olympic race ever, despite making the same claim four years ago to Matt Lauer.

"Done, done, done — and this time I mean it," he told Matt in a live interview Monday. "I wanted to come back and finish my career how I wanted and this was the cherry on top of the cake."

The 31-year-old swimmer will take home five gold medals and one silver when he leaves Rio. His performances cemented his title as the greatest swimmer of all time, winning 28 medals throughout his career, 23 of them gold.

Phelps capped off his final Rio competition with a gold-medal earning performance in the 400-meter medley relay. He insisted it would be his last Olympic race, although he also said the same after concluding the 2012 Games in London only to emerge from retirement years later.

"I'm done. I'm finished. I'm retired. I'm done. No more," he insisted to TODAY back then.

But Phelps said he felt differently competing during Rio.

"Between now and London, I was so much more emotional during these Games, I think that showed at times on camera," he said. "That's the difference. Because I knew this was the last time. I knew this was the last race that I ever had, the last Olympics that I ever had. And everything just really hit hard."

During the last four-year gap between Olympics, Phelps went through a well-publicized downward spiral that included a 2014 drunk driving arrest and a stint in rehab.

Since pulling his life back together, he got engaged to long-time girlfriend Nicole Johnson, and became the father to a 3-month-old son, Boomer.

He said he'd like to continue "to build a family with Nicole," as well as work on his efforts to reduce the drowning rate throughout the world.

"This is the part of my life where I get to start this whole new chapter," he said.

Phelps also said he leaves Team USA in good hands, with swimmers like Katie Ledecky and other "younger guys we have coming up in the sport that are going to take over."

"I told I told a bunch of them, I won't be far away, if they ever need anything to reach out," he said. "This has been such a passion of mine and a big sport for me. I want to help these guys as much as I can."

on August 16, 2016

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Phelps is a specimen unseen in the history of mankind. Leonidas of Rhodes won 12 individual events over four Olympics. At 36, five years older than Phelps, he won his last three golds in 152 B.C, in races of about 200 and 400 meters and in a shield-carrying race.

Unlike most races, which were run in the nude, the race in armour required competitors to wear heavy battle gear, possibly comprising a helmet, a breastplate, shin armour and a shield made from bronze and wood.

"To run all these events one after the other was quite a feat," says Judith Swaddling, senior curator at The British Museum.

"He broke through the distinction between sprinters and endurance athletes," says Paul Cartledge, professor of classics at the University of Cambridge. The race in armour had not previously been considered suitable for sprinters (the Olympiads had already been going for a few centuries).

"They were running in armour, the temperature would be 40C. The conditions were fantastically unpleasant, requiring completely different muscles and gymnastic skills."

There is very little biographical information about Leonidas, says Cartledge, and no images of him survive. But his name - derived from the Greek word for lion - suggests he was a man of distinction. "He's probably an aristocrat, probably wealthy, probably from an athletic family," Cartledge says.

Rhodes had a strong athletic tradition. Another great Olympian from the island was the boxer Diagoras, who launched a dynasty of athletes. "Coming from Rhodes you are a bit on the fringes," Cartledge says. "You probably tried harder than if you were from one of the older cities."

There were no gold, silver or bronze medals in Leonidas's day - races were winner-takes-all with the runner who came first earning a simple olive wreath. After his death "he was worshipped as a local deity" in Rhodes, says Swaddling.

He was also venerated in ancient Greek literature. Pausanias described him as "the most famous runner". In the 3rd Century, Philostratus the Athenian wrote in his Gymnastikos that Leonidas's versatility disproved all received wisdom about athletic training and body types.

A statue of him in Rhodes displayed the legend: "He had the speed of a God." Quite a reputation for Phelps to live up to.

Phelps' latest triumph helps him surpassed Leonidas, winning his 13th individual gold (and 22nd gold overall and 26th medal). With the victory, Phelps also joined the track and field Olympians Al Oerter and Carl Lewis as the only Americans to win an individual event four times.

on August 12, 2016

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It was expected to be closer than this — but in their fourth race in the men's 200-meter individual medley, Michael Phelps took gold, as usual, and Ryan Lochte faded out of medal contention in the Summer Olympics in Rio.

Hours after their U.S. teammates Simone Biles and Aly Raisman went head-to-head to decide who should take a gold medal home, the two most talented swimmers of their generation stepped up on the blocks to race one last time in the Olympics.

And like those American gymnasts, it seemed possible that these Americans might also finish 1-2. But it wasn't to be: While Phelps grabbed an early edge that he built into a commanding lead on the final leg, Lochte couldn't get past either Kosuke Hagino of Japan, who took silver, or Wang Shun of China, who won bronze.

After it was over, Phelps took deep breaths and held out his hand, wriggling four fingers. He then leaned across the lane line to embrace Lochte.

If you need proof of close this race was expected to be, consider that Lochte owns the world record in the event at 1:54, while Phelps set the Olympic record, at 1:54.23.

Lochte came in fifth, with a time of 1:57.47. While Hagino seemed to be the strongest swimmer coming to the wall, third place seemed much closer.

This was a fast race — Phelps clocked it at 1:54.66, less than a second off the world record — and it took place in front of a boisterous and enthusiastic crowd. While American fans were cheering Phelps or Lochte, the host Brazilian fans were roaring for one of their own, in Thiago Pereira.

Pereira gave them a show, hanging with Phelps and Lochte early, prompting the crowd to chant "Brazil!" with every stroke. But he faded late to finish seventh.

Ten minutes before the race began, Phelps, 31, and Lochte, 32, could be seen in the waiting area as a medal ceremony was performed at poolside for an earlier race.

Seen from a high angle that suggested they might not realize they were being filmed, Phelps and Lochte laughed and talked, as alone in the waiting area as they are alone in the record books of American swimming: during these Rio Games, after all, Lochte has become the second-most-decorated male Olympic swimmer of all time – second only to Phelps.

The win brought Phelps his 22nd gold medal, and his 26th over all. During the medal ceremony that followed, Phelps showed more of the emotion that we saw from him after he won his 25th medal, two days ago. He took a deep breath as his eyes welled up, and listened to his country's national anthem.

After the anthem was over, Phelps — who after all, is the most senior veteran of medal ceremonies — orchestrated the photo op with Shun and Hagino, gesturing them to step up on the top podium with him.

Then the most decorated Olympian of all time went on the victory walk with his fellow swimmers — before he had to get ready for his next race, a qualifying heat in the 100-meter butterfly.

Phelps lit up many social media feeds earlier in these games, after he gave a death-stare to rival Chad le Clos before a race. But he and Lochte are known to be friends, and their roommate in Rio, Conor Dwyer said yesterday that from the way Phelps and Lochte act around each other, he would never guess that these roomies are also perennially vying for swimming glory.

The race in Rio extended an Olympic rivalry that began back in 2004, at the Athens Summer Games – a period in which Phelps has won the gold in every Olympics, relegating Lochte and a host of other talented male swimmers to also-rans in this event.

on August 12, 2016

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What a fine specimen he is! He is the Mozart of Swimming. At his age it's unimaginable to think he'd dominate, yet here we are, AGAIN. I'm wondering how many more gold medals who'll win for Team USA. This guy is my idol!

on August 10, 2016

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In 2000, the Aussies won gold in the 4x100m freestyle relay on home soil. At the Athens Olympics in 2004, it was the South African squad that wore the olive branch crowns and gold medals. In 2008, the U.S. upset France by 0.08 seconds, but France got revenge and claimed gold in 2012.

It took the U.S. team, made up of Caeleb Dressel, Michael Phelps, Ryan Held and Nathan Adrian, three minutes, 9.92 seconds to win the 4x100m freestyle relay title at the Rio Olympics. It took setting a world record to win at the 2000, 2004 and 2008 Olympics.

At the Rio Olympics, the U.S. quartet got back on top of the podium, out-touching the team from France by about a second and a half. Phelps earned his 19th career Olympic gold medal with the victory.

Held was the only holdover from Sunday morning’s qualifying relay team. Adrian, the 2012 Olympic champ in the 100m freestyle, and Dressel, an Olympic rookie, will race in the heats of the 100m freestyle beginning Tuesday.

As participants on the preliminary heat relay team, Anthony Ervin, Blake Pieroni and Jimmy Feigen are also eligible for the gold medal. France clocked 3:10.53 for the silver medal and Australia rounded out the podium with the bronze medals with a time of 3:11.37.

on August 8, 2016
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