Life is beyond water now

first_imgLife is beyond water nowThe Olympic great rejects a second comeback from retirement as there’s nothing left for him to achieve in swimming worldadvertisement Aditya K Halder New DelhiMarch 27, 2019UPDATED: March 27, 2019 14:26 IST Michael Phelps has won 28 Olympic medals in a swimming career spanning 16 years. (@DelhiCapitals Photo)A staggering 28 Olympic medals, 39 world record timings and 65 major international gold conjured over a career spanning 16 years makes Michael Phelps the best ever swimmer across all eras and arguably the G.O.A.T among all athletes that grace the world.Such a sparkling career should be enough for his rivals to be intimidated by his mere presence in a competition. However, the 33-year-old US swimmer’s jolly nature and an evergreen face meant he never came across as a person who will instill fear inside his competitors.But once standing on the block, doing his pre-race ritual of stretching his arm followed by the ever-so-famous backslaps always intimidated his competitors; to a level that they hated the sight of it.”It is something I later got to hear from some of them (counterparts) that they never liked to see me do the arm-slaps but to be honest I never did it to intimidate people.”It was a ritual I followed every time since I was 11. It is same as a singer clearing his throat before a performance,” said Phelps, who arrived in the Capital on Monday night to oversee the launch of Under Armour’s first store in India.Retired at just 31, fans around the world are still hopeful that the Flying Fish will be back at the block yet again; intimidating his rivals with those arm-slaps at the Tokyo 2020.And why not, the swimmer came back from retirement just two years after calling it quits at the London Olympics, only to come back and win five gold and a silver medal as the flagbearer of his country at Rio 2016.advertisementBut the show ended with a dent as he lost to Joseph Schooling in the 100m butterfly event.Perhaps creating that push the legend needed – despite winning everything that is possible – to return and confirm his supremacy in the water yet again?However, Phelps cleared the air that a comeback is not on the cards as he is stared away from the block for too long.”If I go in now, I don’t think I will be feeling the same and get back to where I was. There was a period when I spent six years straight without missing a single day of training, and I was getting so much benefit out of it.”Because once you skip a Sunday and you can only get back there on Tuesday. That gave me an edge over others, I believe. So staying away for so long, I know it won’t be the same anymore,” explained the four-time Olympian.Knowing that at just 33 it is too early to lead a life without a new goal, Phelps has already found a new goal in his life that gets him up on his feet every day.”Since there’s nothing left to achieve in the swimming world, I have turned my focus on talking about the importance of healthy and active lifestyles, mental health and water safety. It is something close to me and makes me excited to get out of bed every day,” he concluded.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Michael PhelpsFollow SwimmingFollow Olympicslast_img

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