Here’s How Michael Phelps Spent His First Day of Retirement
Michael Phelps is enjoying his retirement following the Rio Olympic Games in a familiar place—a swimming pool.
Phelps took a dip in the pool on his first day of retirement, but this time he wasn’t alone. His fiancee Nicole Johnson and their baby,Boomer Robert, enjoyed the water as well.
He posted the family photo on Instagram on Aug. 17, with the caption, “There’s nothing like being back home!! Great way to spend my first day in retirement!!”
The newly-retired Phelps returned to the United States, after winning five gold medals and a silver medal at this year’s Summer Games. Phelps spoke of the emotional end to a career that has spanned nearly 25 years and 20 gold medal wins.
“Between now and London, I was so much more emotional during these Games, I think that showed at times on camera,” he said in an interview with Matt Lauer. “That’s the difference. Because I knew this was the last time. I knew this was the last race that I ever had, the last Olympics that I ever had. And everything just really hit hard.”
As a retiree, Phelps will still maintain a busy schedule as he intends to continue to build a family with Johnson, travel, and work to diminish the drowning rate globally. According to WHO, drowning is the third leading cause of unintentional injury death worldwide.
“This is the part of my life where I get to start this whole new chapter,” he said.
And for those—Ryan Lochte included—who doubt Phelps will stay retired, Phelps is certain that he will not participate in the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan.
“I’ll be there watching, cheering everybody on,” he said. “But I will not be in the pool competing.”