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Michael Phelps: 2012 Summer Olympics Will Be His Last

Claims he has no plans to compete in 2016

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Michael Phelps, winner of 16 Olympic gold medals, is apparently ready and willing to stay out of the water. According to the acclaimed swimmer, he won’t return to compete after the games in London this summer. Although he claims he’ll go to the 2016 Olympics in Brazil, it will be as a simple spectator, not as a competitor.

Phelps stuck to his guns during an interview with “60 Minutes” last Sunday. Despite some light-hearted ribbing from his mother — she really wants to pay a visit to Brazil, by the way — Phelps said that once the London games have wrapped, his days as an Olympic competitor are over and out.

“We’ll go watch,” he said regarding the Brazil games. “Once I retire, I’m retiring. I’m done.”

Regarding the upcoming competition, Phelps and his coach seem to think he’s ready to bring home more medals. “I kind of feel like my old self again,” Phelps explained in the interview. “I’m swimming times like I used to. I’m swimming races like I used to. So everything is coming back to me, what it was, I guess, before ’08.”

2012 Summer Olympics kick off in London on July 27th. News about Phelps’ retirement has found its way onto Twitter. You can sample some of the reactions below.

Michael phelps is going to retire at 27 years old with a net worth of $40 million #sick(image) 10 hours ago via Twitter for iPhone ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

Just watched 60 min on Michael Phelps.. Has trained for 16 years and will retire at 27. I’d take that(image) 13 hours ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

Michael Phelps said he will retire at 27. Who can say they have that advantage(image) 13 hours ago via TweetCaster for iOS ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

michael phelps retiring… wish I could retire at this age(image) 13 hours ago via Echofon ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

How do I feel about losing the sale? It’s like if Michael Phelps, came out of retirement, jumped in the pool, bellyflopped and drowned.(image) 6 days ago via web ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

Michael Phelps: 2012 Summer Olympics Will Be His Last
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  • http://WebProNews Frances

    Man am I sorry about Phelps. I feel like the bottom of my boat. I’m, not sure I’ll be as interested in Olympics ither. Dern ! I understand he’s really had to work and sacrifice but, that doesn’t chance how I’m feeling. Lots of luck Michael God speed. Hope you get more medals and have a good life.

  • http://YahooNews Michael Craddock Sr.

    I do not see Michael Phelps winning Gold , may be silver and Bronze. NOT this time- his head and heart are not in it. Best bet is only in Relays-sorry Mike-Not training hard enough. You know who has your number.You can not beat him ! He has trained harder and Longer and Paid the Price ! Power and Money makes you fade-You do NOT have the eye of the Tiger !

    • Vaughn S. Marshall Jr.

      All I have to say is, Thanks Michael Phelps for bringing home the gold and the other medals and I commend you for giving us another chance to see you go at it one more time against the worlds best. As for Michael Craddock Sr. you have some nerve congradulate the man instead of saying that he hasn’t trained hard enough and you have his number. He has probably done more than you wish and fream that you can accomplish. Thanks once again Michael Phelps. This is coming from a former Armed Forces soldier and I can’t say that I son’t agree with your decision.

    • DT

      You are a complete idiot Michael Craddock Sr.

    • rany

      now u see it.

  • ANGELO BERTONI

    Thank’s Michael for all thr gold that you bring to USA.

  • Chuck V

    Yeah, I wish I oould have been supported by other people paying my bills. Oh, that’s right, he does commercials. So he collects people’s donations from the Olympic committee and also collects people’s hard earned money from advertising paid by Subway, Gillette, etc.

    When are we going to stop the madness?

    • jobie

      Yeah, I mean it’s not like he worked hard to get where he was or anything. (/sarcasm)

    • Dave D

      So because he has a talent and works harder in 1 day than you do in your entire life, you feel the need to be jealous. Wow get a life loser. You know it could have been you up there, NO WAIT. you were to busy talking smack and being jealous to actually work that hard to get to the Olympics.

      Do you have any idea of what it takes to be an Olympic athlete of that nature? How many before him got the same money and didn’t do ???? GROW UP

    • Shawn W

      @chuck v. Phelps has worked his entire life to get where he is financially. Go back and sit on your couch and get fatter.

  • Benjamin Farrar

    Michael !!!
    You Have Made A Very Wise Decision.Continue To Enjoy Life And Each Day To Its Fullest.Continue To Strive To Attain The Highest Goals In Your Life And Life In General–The No.1′s.
    Best Wishes From Benjamin Farrar–Knoxville,Tennessee.

  • Dave D

    Way to go. Thank you for your HARD work. Good luck in your final attempt. I know you will give it your all.. Don’t let any of these jealous pitiful idiots tell you differently.

  • http://mrusa96@yahoo.com Jimmy “BIGCAT”

    What makes Micheal Phelps special besides his super-athleticism, was his ability at a very early age to actually KNOW what he wanted to do.Most kids his age are running around the neighborhood being kids. So he’s actually been an adult his entire life. And never complained about the sacrifices he had to make in the pool, but also as a child. Good Luck in London Micheal!!

  • Jennie Manes

    I wish that Michael Phelps would stay, I know that you have done the Olympics for a long time & have 16 metals, you were one of the men that I liked on our swimming team, you were one of the best on the team. I afraid that if you leave the U.S.A will not win any games weather it a gold or not. Please stay with the Olympics

  • http://theoneonthemove.blogspot.com Shawn Tavon Sims

    Hey Mike, we’re from the same swimming pool so to speak. Stay in London and show them how Baltimore represent :)

  • Peter Ventana

    Phelps wants to get back and do some serious bong-hitting.

  • being real

    Mike Phelps is being realistic. His heart hasn’t been in it since
    being dragged down by the pot smoking deal. He had the world in his hands and threw it away by doing a stupid thing. When a sponsor like
    cereal giant Kellogg’s lets you go, you know it’s going to be negative
    along the rest of the way. Kellogg’s needed to do what they had to do.
    In spite of the apology Phelps made, it was too little too late.
    Phelps sees the writing on the wall for a future going nowhere.
    Good Luck

    • Phelps Fan

      He is a human being who made a mistake and owned up to it. Nobody lives a a perfect life. The comment about a future going nowhere is lame.

  • Monique Barber

    I wish he would stay. I love watching him swim =/. I hope he does well in what ever he does.

  • Nadine Inman

    Michael,

    Good decision. You have proved to the world that you are the best swimmer ever. Take your incredible talent and share it with the next generation. You have been an inspiration to America. You have reminded us that sacrifice and hard work is what made America the greatest in the world.Good luck and God Speed!

  • zaira cruz

    aww! i am going to miss seeing him compete! HE WILL ALWAYS BE #1! he worked so hard to be where he is at right now. please people no negative comments. sad to see him retire but he knows whats best for him! thank you for making USA proud! and we will still be proud even if you win third place! WE LOVE YOU MICHAEL PHELPS!!!! :)

  • bibim

    I agree with you. It is so sad nothing will be the same anymore. I won´t like swimming anymore.

  • Hershee

    If you read this Mr. Phelps.. Thank you so much for all the glory you brought to America.. We’re all so, so proud of you. I hope you had a hell of a time competing!But please don’t stop swimming for fun.. it seems to be your passion. Competions are hard work so it’s great that you’re retiring(: Congratutalations on all of your wins. losses, ups and downs, and acheivements. We’re all so proud! Thank you again.

    • Hershee

      We wish you a long, harmonious, joyous, and prosperous life.

  • natty please read

    Michael if you even read these, i want to say you are the greatest swimmer in my mind that has ever swam! I am very happy to have seen you swim. I was going to go watch you in brazil… but the olympics will never be the same I only watch the olympics cause you! You inspire me in no way imaginable! I just wish you would read this and reply back. Whith just a thank you. I have so much to tell youjust can’t or wont put it up for everybody to see.

    Natalia

  • Roxann Roberts

    Michael,
    Thank you for making the USA proud. Your accomplisments are beyond anything imaginable. I say, retire and enjoy life! Why…because you can. I can appreciate someone who has worked harder and longer hours at such a young age, wanting to hang up his speedo. Your Glory years will always be remembered. What you gave yourself and the world….priceless! Happy retirement, my friend. Enjoy life!