On the Lane Divider with Phelps

Windsor Mill, Maryland
August 15, 2016 1:52pm CST
Michael Phelps, 31, is insisting that he's retiring...again. Apparently he said he's "done" a couple of times now. To his credit, he is engaged and a new father, and I'm sure he wants to be present in his home life. Besides, the man has crazy Wheaties money now. I wonder if his son will be just as talented? I'm now accepting bets for whether or not he swims in 2020. What man wouldn't want to take his 4 year old son to the Olympics!? That AND I can't help but feel like his spirited sense of competition isn't going to go that quietly. WWYD if you were a 31 year old, 28 Olympic medal-winning, fish-man-hybrid, Sports Marketing major, with a fiance and young son? Would you give up the chance of gold, again, for your family?
Phelps was repeatedly pressed, but the most decorated Olympian of all time didn’t budge.
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@MALUSE (41111)
• Germany
15 Aug 16
Will Usain Bolt retire?
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• Windsor Mill, Maryland
16 Aug 16
Doubt it!
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• Austin, Texas
16 Aug 16
If Phelps says he will retire I think he's on the right path. Hope nobody persuades him to change his mind. It's not being an Olympic swimmer is the only thing there is in life.
• Windsor Mill, Maryland
17 Aug 16
But the dude has been training for the Olympics his entire life! I think he will have to battle not only others who are trying to persuade him, but also himself. What happens when he goes through his midlife crisis or his son, Boomer, wants to see his Dad compete?
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• Austin, Texas
17 Aug 16
@HaleighElizabeth - LOL. He can show his son pictures and films. I watched him in one of those competitions. Although he won, he was struggling to breathe when it was over. Fact is, he's 31 and age doesn't show mercy to anybody. If he had the will and resolve to make it this far, he's not about to let anybody make any life changing decisions for him. If he says he will retire and he set his mind to do it, then that's what he's going to do.
• Windsor Mill, Maryland
18 Aug 16
@cmoneyspinner True. I "forgot" about all the technology that is available now. I'm sure someone has some crazy footage that can be turned into a 3D hologram so that Boomer can actually "be there"! He's no spring chicken, haha, at least in the eyes of atheltic competition. I feel like the human body is becoming stronger and stronger as we continue to explore ways to enhance performance. The younger competitors have 4 more years to practice and get stronger while Phelps may turn his attention to his young family. Either way, he is and will always be one of the greatest Olympic competitors in history. I just can't help but wonder if he will pull a "Michael Jordan" and attempt comebacks, or at least participate on maybe a lower level.
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@Teep11 (7101)
• United States
16 Aug 16
Phelps is an excellent swimming and if Phelps feels it's time to retire then perhaps it's time. No one can blame Phelps if retiring occurs. (Tanikka Paulk)
@Hatley (164647)
• Garden Grove, California
15 Aug 16
no he wjll rethink it yet again and c ome back and win thegold.