That’s it for Michael Phelps!
The unbelievably decorated American swimmer — and owner of 23 career Olympic gold medals — is calling it quits, and after last night’s 4×100 meter medley relay final, in which the helped the US set an Olympic record, he sure went out on a high note!
The swimmer took to Facebook Live on Saturday afternoon to break the news, and in a video where he discussed his career and decision at length, he included this very firm decision to give up the sport (below):
“We’re not going four more years, this is it. Tonight’s the last time that I’ll be suiting up and racing at this level. I’m not swimming Masters, either, no offense to Masters.”
Of course, a LOT of people want to see if he can get to his 30th Olympic gold medal in Tokyo in four years, but for the amazing swimmer, it sounds like that’s just not a possibility.
He called it out specifically, too (below):
“Going for 30 medals in Tokyo, I don’t think so, boys and girls. This is over, this is it. It’s a lot to think about, 24 years in the sport and we’re finishing up tonight.”
Ch-ch-check out the entire video (below):
If this is really it… goodbye, Michael!
Lord knows you’ve earned the retirement with all the AH-Mazing things you’ve accomplished!!
[Image via WENN.]