Oceania Reporters participate in Michael Phelps interview at the London Media Centre

Monday, August 06, 2012

 

By Courtney Smyth of The Reporters' Academy

 

Bearing the title of the ‘World’s Most Decorated Olympian Ever’, Michael Phelps made an appearance at the London Media Centre at about 1pm today.

Holder of 22 Olympic medals and after 12 years in the national team, Phelps has made the decision to retire. “I’ve done everything I wanted to do in sport… I’ve done everything I’ve put my mind to,” he said, “I’m proud.”

 

With his incredible family support and a strong will to achieve something great, he says, “I’ve always wanted to do something that nobody had ever done before.”

 

With three individual world records still standing and three as a part of a relay team, there is no doubt that Phelps has lived up to the high expectations that he set himself.

 

Now, with more time on his hands after his decision to lighten the load in his sporting life, Phelps wants to travel and have more time to play golf.

 

Still wishing to stay involved in swimming, Phelps is looking forward to having an outsider’s perspective on the sport.

 

To close the conference, he stated that, “I’m happy. I’m ready for the next chapter.”

 

Although his life as a competitive athlete is drawing to an end, there is no doubt that more greatness is still to come.