Michael Phelps was already the most decorated Olympian in history before he got to the Rio Games. The 31-year-old has won 28 medals total — 23 of which were gold —and swam in more Olympic events than anyone else in history. According to BBC, Phelps has more gold medals than 80 percent of participating countries. If this merman were a country, he’d tie with Argentina for 35th in the all-time medal count. But holding all that hardware doesn’t compare to holding dirty diapers, so the champ is walking (or, more appropriately, swimming) away from the sport.
“I changed a diaper last night. He was just sitting there looking at me, smiling the whole time. It brought a tear to my eye,” Phelps told reporters on Sunday, following his final win this weekend. Although he could have been referring to the smell.
“That’s number one for me. I want to be there every step of the way. I don’t want to miss a thing,”
After confirming his retirement and contradicting Ryan Lochte, Phelps kept his focus on 3-month-old son Boomer. “That’s number one for me. I want to be there every step of the way. I don’t want to miss a thing,” he said. It’s only a matter of time before this face makes an appearance at the Junior Olympics.
People are understandably skeptical that Phelps is going to give up competing forever, especially since he’s retired before. Even if you can’t relate to retiring twice before turning 32, you understand his priorities as a new dad. Phelps plans to stay busy with his foundation that encourages other future Olympians to swim. He also hopes to continue hitting the pool — if for no other reason than to stave off dad bod himself. And that’s going to be a lot harder than winning a gold medal.
[H/T] AP Big Story