Michael Phelps poses for Sports Illustrated cover with all of his gold – USA TODAY
Michael Phelps is back on Sports Illustrated’s cover, but this time with his 23 Olympic gold medals.
Michael Phelps appears on the cover of the latest editionÂ ofÂ Sports IllustratedÂ for a 12th time in his career, this time withÂ all 23 of his recordÂ Olympic gold medals draped around his neck.
Phelps, again, said the 2016 Rio Games were his final Olympics, although he left a sliver of hope heâd be back for Tokyo in 2020.
âIf I do get the desire to come back, great,â Phelps told SI. âRight now, I just donât see it.â
His mother, Debbie, and sponsors have advocated for his return to Olympic competition.
âHe said he was retiring after London, when he was 27, with the lung capacity of a Great White Shark,â Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank said. âYou can bet Iâm going to be nudging him as best I can for the next four years. I think he believes he is retired now. Three years is a long time to rest.â
Phelpsâs wife, Nicole, even mentioned a scenario that would have him competing at the 2024 Olympics.
âI give it eight years, and then (their son) Boomer is like, âCome on, Dad, letâs see it one more time,ââ Nicole said.
Michael Phelps shot that idea down quickly.
âEight years down the road, I would be so far removed that itâs almost impossible to come back, physically,â he told the magazine. âUnless I trained for a full four years, and thatâs not happening, so, to end this conversation, Iâm done.â
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