Despite what Ryan Lochte would lead you to believe, Michael Phelps has confirmed that Rio 2016 is his final Olympic games! Michael is definitely, 100 percent, not competing in Tokyo 2020, or any Olympic games thereafter. Click through to read his statement!
After August 12’s 100-meter butterfly and August 13’s 4×100-meter medley relay, Michael Phelps is done with Olympic swimming, according to the gold medal Olympian himself. Michael, who just won his 22nd gold medal at Rio 2016, is shutting down false statements being spread by his USA teammate and close friend Ryan Lochte, who insisted (with all the best intentions!) that Michael would totally be competing against him at the Tokyo games in 2020!
“I will just clarify that Ryan doesn’t know what he is talking about,” Michael said, per USA Today after his August 12 100-meter butterfly race. “I am not coming back in four years. I have two laps left in my career so I am happy and I’m excited and looking forward to tomorrow. I saw (what Ryan said) and I was like ‘thanks Ryan, throw me back out there for another four years.’”
“If he wants to come back it will be great. It will be fun (for me) to watch,” Michael said. “This sport will be fun over the next four years to see how it transitions. There are a lot of young kids and they show how much talent they have here.”
It’s really disappointing to hear that Michael, the most decorated Olympian of all time, isn’t coming back to the games. In fact, he’s the best Olympic athlete ever — and that’s saying something, seeing as the Olympic games date back to ancient Greece! Michael broke a record set by Leonidas of Rhodes in 152 BC for the most number of individual Olympic medals. Seriously, that’s impressive!
HollywoodLifers, are you upset that this is Michael’s last Olympics? Tell us in the comments!