Michael Phelps’s impressive record, including the fact that he is now on his way to becoming the most-decorated Olympian in history, is no secret. As he gets ready for what he says will be his final competition in the Olympics, we asked the champion about the moments leading up to the dive into the pool.
What is training like right before the Olympics start?
That’s the best time of the year because we taper and we don’t really do much. We spend like an hour max in the pool per day. There’s no lifting, just a couple pull-ups, push-ups, and we call it a day.
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Are you sure this will be your last Olympics competition?
I never want to compete past the age of 30. If I do go one more I’ll be 31 and I said I’d never do it.
What do you think about right before you get in the water?
For me, before a race, I don’t think about anything really. I just step up on the block and race. I think that’s where my real competitiveness comes out.