Legendary Olympian wins 23rd Gold medal, but was that his last? [VIDEO]

Legendary Olympian wins 23rd Gold medal, but was that his last? [VIDEO]

Michael Phelps made history again last night. The man is a legendary machine who has crushed every standing record out there. I doubt that anyone ever surpasses what he has done in swimming. I just don’t see it happening. He has amassed 28 Olympic medals… 23 of those are gold. He was the second youngest male athlete in history and the youngest in 68 years to enter the games in 2000. He was just 15. He rose to be one of the greatest athletes in history and at the age of 31, he has finally decided to end his Olympic career on a high note. I think that is wise and that he has much greater things ahead of him. You would expect nothing less from the Baltimore Bullet.

In the 2012 Olympics, Phelps had said he was retiring. Much to the joy of the entire world, he came back for this Olympics and he was a wonder to behold. I believe he medaled five times in this competition… four of them were gold and one was silver. He ends his career as THE most decorated Olympian of all time. In his final race before retirement, the most decorated Olympian in history led the U.S. to victory in the 400-meter medley relay at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium on Saturday.

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After a three-way tie for silver in the 100 butterfly (gold went to Joseph Schooling), Phelps told the press that he was ready to retire:

“I’m not going four more years and I’m standing by that,” he said. “I’ve been able to do everything I’ve ever put my mind to in the sport and after 24 years in the sport, I’m happy with how things finished.

“I’m happy. I’m ready to spend some time with Boomer and Nicole and watch the little dude grow.”

He said that rival Chad LeClos (who he beat in the 200 butterfly but tied in the 100) had asked him as well following Friday’s race:

“Done. Le Clos asked me in the award area and the Dwyers were chanting ‘four more years’.

They did the same thing in London. The 800 free relay guys said four more years … No. I am NOT going four more years.

And I’m standing by that.

I’ve been able to do everything I’ve ever put my mind to in this sport. And 24 years in the sport. I’m happy with how things finished.”

Michael Phelps has inspired swimmers for generations to come and has changed the sport of swimming forever. As I saw him kiss his new baby boy Boomer, it made me sad to think this was his last race. But he will be around for a long time helping and inspiring others onward. No other athlete in any sport has more than nine gold medals.

His staggering success in Rio de Janeiro fueled speculation that Phelps would relent on retirement once again and return for the Tokyo Olympics in four years. But Phelps has remained adamant that his days in the pool are finished. “This is over. This is it. Tonight’s the last one,” Phelps said earlier Saturday during a Facebook Live broadcast. And I wish him all the best in conquering his next goal whatever that may be. He made the Olympics worth watching and he certainly made America proud.

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