(LONDON) — Michael Phelps may go down as one of the greatest Olympians ever and capped off his Olympic career with a gold medal, his 18th gold medal of his career and 22nd overall.
But at the age of 27, why is he ending his career with so much left in the tank? Phelps told ESPN, he did it his way.
“I’m just ready to move on, I’ve spent a long time here in the sport,” Phelps said. “I just said I would never swim past the age of 30. I can look back on my career and say I’ve done everything I wanted.”
Phelps received a trophy from FINA, swimming’s world governing body, after the final race of his career that said: “To Michael Phelps, The Greatest Olympic Athlete of All Time,” so what’s next for him?
“Even though my competitive career is over, I’m still going to be around the sport,” Phelps said. “I’m still going to do anything I can to promote it and see how far we can go.”
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John Newsome and Anne Woolsey, CNN