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Michael Fred Phelps II (born June 30, 1985) is an American former competitive swimmer. He is the most successful and most decorated Olympian of all time with a total of 28 medals. Phelps also holds the all-time records for Olympic gold medals (23), Olympic gold medals in individual events (13), and Olympic medals in individual events (16). When Phelps won eight gold medals at the 2008 Beijing Games, he broke fellow American swimmer Mark Spitz's 1972 record of seven first-place finishes at any single Olympic Games. At the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Phelps already tied the record of eight medals of any color at a single Games by winning six gold and two bronze medals. At the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Phelps won four gold and two silver medals, and at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, he won five gold medals and one silver. This made him the most successful athlete of the Games for the fourth Olympics in a row.
Phelps is the long course world record holder in the men's 400-meter individual medley as well as the former long course world record holder in the 200-meter freestyle, 100-meter butterfly, 200-meter butterfly, and 200-meter individual medley. He has won 82 medals in major international long course competitions, of which 65 were gold, 14 silver, and three bronze, spanning the Olympics, the World Championships, and the Pan Pacific Championships. Phelps's international titles and record-breaking performances have earned him the World Swimmer of the Year Award eight times and American Swimmer of the Year Award eleven times, as well as the FINA Swimmer of the Year Award in 2012 and 2016. Phelps earned Sports Illustrated magazine's Sportsman of the Year award due to his unprecedented Olympic success in the 2008 Games.
After the 2008 Summer Olympics, Phelps started the Michael Phelps Foundation, which focuses on growing the sport of swimming and promoting healthier lifestyles. Phelps retired following the 2012 Olympics, but he made a comeback in April 2014. At the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, his fifth Olympics, he was selected by his team to be the flag bearer of the United States at the 2016 Summer Olympics Parade of Nations. He announced his second retirement on August 12, 2016, having won more medals than 161 countries. He is widely regarded as the greatest swimmer of all time and is often considered to be one of the greatest athletes of all time.
I'll be working with kids for the rest of my life.
Any Olympic sport is great to watch.
The more you dream, the farther you get.
Don't put a limit on anything. The more you dream, the further you get.
Yeah, my friends call me Mike, Michael or just my last name.
I've never lifted a single weight in my life.
I used to always go to church on holidays, but I don't go much any more.
I want to retire how I want to retire -- and I have a great opportunity to do that.
I have a lot of goals, but I think that I just want to take it day by day.
I still remember the days, not wanting to see anybody, not wanting to talk to anybody, really not wanting to live. I was on an express elevator to the bottom floor, wherever that might be.
I usually try to eat lot of calories. With so many events, it is important to sustain a high level of energy through the entire meet. I usually eat two hours before a meet.
For the millionth time, I'm retired. I keep saying it, and people keep answering, 'Well, maybe he doesn't mean it this time.' But I do.
You can't put a limit on anything. The more you dream, the further you get.
Dream as big as you can dream, and anything is possible.
Anything is possible as long as you want it, you work for it. Doesn't matter what anyone else thinks, the only person that can really put pressure on you is yourself.
There are too many kids who are drowning for lack of water safety. That's something I'd like to do. Teaching kids to live an active lifestyle.
The problem with heart disease is the first symptom is often fatal.
It's the Olympics. If you can't get up to swim early in the morning, don't go.
Perseverance, determination, commitment, and courage-those things are real. The desire for redemption drives you.
I got the stamina. I can close.
Eat, sleep and swim, that's all I can do.
For so long, I looked at myself as literally a kid who was talented who would go up and down the pool. That's it. Nothing else. Very few people knew who I really was.
I've always been fortunate in that I've been able to put myself in my own zone and relax. It comes naturally. I'm lucky to be that way.
I eat pretty much whatever I want. I don't have a strict diet. It's all about cramming in as many calories into my system as I possibly can.
When you use your imagination anything can happen.
I'm kind of a creature of habit. Once I get used to doing things, it's like second nature.
There will be obstacles. There will be doubters. There will be mistakes. But with hard work... THERE ARE NO LIMITS.
Things can change in the blink of an eye!
Things won't go perfect. It's all about how you adapt from those things and learn from mistakes.
I like to get in my own world. When I'm getting ready for a meet, I always have headphones on, listening to rap music to get myself fired up.
Before, it came easy for me. I don't have two speeds anymore. I need to focus on the small things that I once took for granted.
I don't have a strict diet. It's all about cramming in as many calories into my system as I possibly can. To be honest with you, I have a tough time keeping weight on.
When I'm focused, there is not one single thing, person, anything that can stand in the way of my doing something. There is not. If I want something bad enough, I feel I'm gonna get there.
I am excited to have the opportunity to help provide the same swim instruction that I received as a child when I was enrolled in a water safety class at five-years-old.
The only reason I started swimming was for water safety. Then, once I started falling in love with sports, I got more comfortable with it.
I would visualize the best- and worst-case scenarios. Whether I get disqualified or my goggles fill up with water or I lose my goggles or I come in last, I'm ready for anything.
I listen to music before my competitions to get me pumped up. It helps me stay focused.
I got a Cadillac Escalade. Put some rims on it, threw a couple TV's in there, and installed a system. I stuck my Xbox in there. I had to go for it.
You can't put a limit anything.
Nothing is impossible. With so many people saying it couldn't be done, all it takes is an imagination.
I think everybody pees in the pool. It's kind of a normal thing to do for swimmers.
We wanted to see how close we could get to the world record. We'll take that for right now.
If you're not on your 'A' game in our workouts every day, you're going to get absolutely smoked.
One thing with me, and every goal I've had -- in the sport of swimming, my mother didn't know my goals. The only person that knew my goals were my coaches.
I don't want to be the next Mark Spitz; I want to be the first Michael Phelps.
Swimming is more than a once-every-four-years sport. My goal is to bring attention to swimming -- to give it some personality.
Not having to travel and being able to settle in has helped me in training life and school life. I've learned to get a grip and take care of myself.
I haven't swam in any of the rivers outside of Baltimore. I try to keep it in the pool.
I can only control my own performance. If I do my best, then I can feel good at the end of the day.
There will be obstacles. There will be doubters. There will be mistakes. But with hard work, with belief, with confidence and trust in yourself and those around you, there are no limits.
Hard work does pay off.
Once I retire, I'm retiring. I'm done.
I'm so sick of the water.
I live a pretty conservative life, so I probably really haven't done anything crazy.
There is a one woman in China that claimed she paid $50 to get my e-mail address. It was pretty shocking. I got one this morning from Scotland. A girl's requesting a signed photo of me.
Why is it such a big deal what I'm swimming?
So, you know, if, if I wanted to get up and just play golf one day, I would just get up and play golf. If I wanted to go to Vegas, I would just get up and go to Vegas.
I learned how fast you can go from being an international hero to being a reference in a joke on a late night talk show.
If I bring back only one gold people are going to say it's a disappointment. But not too many of them own an Olympic gold medal so if I get one I'm going to be happy.
I try to separate my personal life from swimming.
Once I'm already in my room, I still have to open a door to get into my bed. It's like a giant box. It's like the boy in a bubble.
I have reached a place in my life where I need to sit down and say, 'Well, what do I do? What's best for me?' I need to look into options for the future.
I wouldn't say anything is impossible. I think that everything is possible as long as you put your mind to it and put the work and time into it.
It's cool just because I've had this dream of changing the sport of swimming and it's finally happening.
I can't remember the last day I didn't train.
Being compared to Ian Thorpe, that could be one of the greatest compliments you could ever get in swimming -- being compared to him and Mark Spitz.
I have the opportunity to be part of swimming history. To take the sport to a new level would be an honor for me. There's no better time to try this than now.
I want to continue the sport of swimming. I'm not going to give up until I think it's reached where I want it to go.
I've been able to get an excitement back in the water.
Even in high school, I'd tell my mom I was sick of swimming and wanted to try to play golf. She wasn't too happy. She'd say, 'Think about this.' And I'd always end up getting back in the pool.
I want to go to the World Cup. I want to go to the Masters. I want to go... anywhere.
Every sponsor I've had has been something that fit my lifestyle, fit my personality.
Growing up in high school, I wasn't hanging out with friends every day or on the weekends. Doing normal high school kid things was something I was willing to give up.
I know it won't be eight medals again. If you want to compare me to that, that's your decision, not mine. I'm going out there to try to accomplish the things that I have in my mind and in my heart.
I am 26 and, and I don't recover as fast as I have in the past.
My goal is one Olympic gold medal. Not many people in this world can say, 'I'm an Olympic gold medalist.'
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