Michael Phelps “Today” Show Video: I’m “Done” With Olympics
Michael Phelps insisted on Monday’s “Today” show that he is retiring after the Rio Olympics. Watch below.
“Done, done, done — and this time I mean it,” Phelps told Matt Lauer. “I wanted to come back and finish my career how I wanted, and this was the cherry on top of the cake that I wanted.” Phelps previously retired following the London games in 2012, but then opted for a few more swims.
The choice paid off, as he won five gold medals in six races, taking silver in the other. Phelps won his last gold in the men’s 4x100m medley relay on Saturday. And now it seems that was his final event… ever.
Phelps told Lauer, “The biggest thing between now and London, I was so much more emotional during these games. I think that showed at times on camera. That’s the difference, because I knew this was the last time. I knew this was the last race that I ever had, the last Olympics that I ever had. And everything just really hit hard.”
The most decorated Olympian of all time now plans to focus on “build[ing] a family” with fiancé Nicole Johnson, with whom he has 3-month old son Boomer. “This is the part of my life where I get to start this whole new chapter,” Phelps commented. Check out the full interview below!