Michael Phelps, the greatest swimmer of all-time, is happy to end his career at the right time and shift his focus to his family
Over the last few months, Michael Phelps has been visiting college campuses around the United States, encouraging students to get involved by preaching the importance of water conservation in our daily lives. But the American star swimmer has a new focus in his life! The 23-time Olympic gold medallist is a family man now, living happily with wife Nicole and son Boomer.
“The whole experience of the last two years really changed my life – and changed my life for the best. It’s the happiest I’ve ever been. Having moments to share with my family is something I have always dreamt of. It’s kinda crazy when I look back on my career. I feel like I am living in a dream come true. This is everything I dreamed of as a kid,” shares Phelps.
Over five Olympics, from 2000 through ‘16, Michael Phelps’ tally of medals is more than anyone ever. However, in 2014, Phelps had a very difficult time when he was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol. Despite the circumstances, he is proud to have made a comeback.
“Looking back on some of the things I went through and being able to come out of the other side in such a positive way is everything to me. Being able to finish my career exactly how I wanted to is the icing on the cake; coming back and being able to get back to the top. These last two years have probably been some of the most fun years in my career.” Phelps added to his growing list of career accolades by winning the Laureus World Sports Award for Comeback of the Year in 2017.
Phelps is now a doting family man who is relishing life beyond the pool. So was it difficult to quit? Phelps says,“If I didn’t have the shoulder injuries, then I probably would have gone another four years. I would rather have a shoulder that is going to be healthy so I can hang out with my family, play with my son and do whatever he wants to do.”
So are we looking at another comeback by Phelps? Kobe Bryant, a former basketball star from Los Angeles Lakers, tried to persuade Phelps to make yet another Olympic comeback whilst the duo were presenting a trophy at USA Swimming Team’s Golden Goggles Awards in Los Angeles in November. Rumour has it Phelps has already set his mind on training for the 2032 Olympics, but this is for his one-year-old son Boomer.
The Laureus World Sports Awards will take place in Monaco in February 2018. To find out more about Laureus and the ‘Sport For Good’ initiative,