MICHAEL PHELPS PLANS TO RETIRE AND CREATE BONG KINGDOM AFTER LONDON OLYMPICS
May 7 2012
London, U.K. – Michael Phelps will be back in London for the Olympic Games, but that will be the last time. Phelps, the darling of the 2008 Olympics Games in Beijing, has made it clear that this time it will be the last and he hopes to, of course, make it a good one.
Phelps is hoping to win at least three more medals at the upcoming games, a feat which would put him the record books as the athlete with the most medals in history. Phelps already has 16 medals won in 2004 and in 2008. In the latter games, Phelps won 8 medals, all gold, a feat which made him an international celebrity.
That celebrity, though, also got him in trouble. Shortly after the games Phelps was photographed smoking from a bong, an incident that actually prompted him to stop training entirely and eat a whole lot of cakey goods and Fritos, events that many believed may have marked the end of his legendary career. Phelps, though, has rebounded and now hopes to once again bring glory to his country one last time, after which he plans to a lot of travelling all over the world, but mostly to Amsterdam. Mostly.
“It was hard, because I didn't know if the passion or the fire was still inside of me. And it took awhile for me to actually realize it myself. Bob couldn't tell me, my mom couldn't tell me. They couldn't help me find it,” Phelps told Anderson Cooper of his dark, tubby period. “I kind of feel like my old self again. I'm swimming times like I used to. I'm swimming races how I used to (but) Once I retire, I'm retiring. I'm done.”
Phelps’ mother wants him to keep competing well past his prime (he is now 27) because she would like to visit Rio in 2016 but the swimmer is resisting.
He also said that he plans to spend the rest of life, following retirement, doing really nothing at all which is about right.
“Michael Phelps will undoubtedly go down as one of the greatest athletes in the history of the world, not just the United States. You can argue back and forth about the validity of the Olympic Games and whether the records there matter much at all, especially the medal records, but he has proven himself over and over again in the pool,” said Scrape TV Sports analyst Mark Marvins. “Obviously the medals don’t matter exactly. They are simply examples of what he was able to do, what he was able to accomplish in the pool and how dominant he was against the field. That’s what will make him great and legend and he deserves relaxation in his retirement because of that.”
Phelps has reportedly already lined up an endorsement deal with Cheetos which will air during the Games.
“One hopes, that because he is such an example to so many people, that he won’t just go off the cart entirely and get all fat and dopey. He is an example for a lot of kids. I mean most of them are certainly losers who want to be swimmers, but it still matters to them and that’s got real value. Hopefully he doesn’t go off his head and just become a pot fiend, for his young fans sake of course,” continued Marvins., “It would be a big slide to have him fall off the wagon and become a big fat pot head on the cover of High Times. Well, not for pot heads but they are hardly the authority on sports and the like, no matter how much Phelps associates with them.”
Phelps also reported feeling really relaxed, like really relaxed, heading into the Games.
Alexi Orton, Sports Correspondent