Michael Phelps Coming Back to Swimming?By: Emily Greene - July 29, 2013
It may have just become even harder for future Olympians to break the record of most winningest Olympian.
While meeting with the media in Barcelona on Monday for the world swimming championships, Michael Phelps was vague on whether or not he would compete in the next Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in 2016. The 22-time Olympic medalist said, ”I don’t know what’s going to happen in the future. I don’t know what’s going to happen tomorrow.”
Phelps retired from swimming after the London Olympics at the
ripe old age of 27.
If the swimmer were to get back into the water professionally, he has time, but his training would need to start soon. Phelps would need to be able to compete in the next world swimming championships, slated for 2015.
Though his response may not have been definitive, Phelps seems to be enjoying his time on dry land.
”I have no plans to do anything. I love what I’m doing now. I’m able to travel so much, play golf. I’m on my schedule. I’ve never been able to have that. I’ve never been able to do really whatever I want to do. I go wherever I want to go. I see whatever I want to see. It’s nice waking up at 10, 11, 12 o’clock in the afternoon. I’m pretty lazy besides playing golf. I don’t do much.”
Being a spectator of the sport he helped bring back to life is taking a bit of getting used to.
“It’s kind of weird being on this side of everything. It is a little strange to be out and about in public and dressed up, but I am excited to be able to watch some of the swimming this week and not be I guess as nervous.” Phelps added, “This is going to be my first meet seeing people swim since I retired so it’s going to be very different and I’m not sure how I’m going to react, but I’m looking forward to it.”
The record breaker was also sporting a walking boot on his right foot. The injury occurred during a recent game of golf.