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Michael Phelps was an Olympic swimmer who won 28 medals in total, 23 gold, 3 silver, and 2 bronze medals.

He started swimming at the age of 7 and was told he had ADHD at the same age. Why he wanted to go swimming all the time was he could take out all of his energy with his ADHD in the pool.

When he first started swimming, he didn't know how to even put his head under the water so he started out with only swimming backstroke.

Before his swimming career in the Olympics, he went to The University of Michigan, where he found his trainer Bob Bowman, who was also the Michigan coach at the time.

When he grew up, he got a lot of help with his swimming from Bob Bowman, who trained him for the Olympics, and soon enough he found himself on the USA National B Team for swimming.

He retired swimming in 2012, but he decided to retire 4 years later in the 2016 Olympic summer games. He retired because he wanted to spend more time with his son and his wife, and just to relax after he put everything into the sport he loves.

 


In 2020, he has no plans of coming back to the pool in Tokyo because his time as a swimmer is through because he has a family that he has to take care of. He loves swimming, but having 3 sons is hard for him and he needs to take care of them.

Bob Bowman, his trainer, talks to him a lot about swimming, but he thinks that it "feels right" to not be training him. He thinks that he is not missing anything. He is retired and he already did his job.

It has been hard for him to find a second job after he retired, but he found passions outside the pool to fuel him for other jobs that he might be interested in for the future.

So now in 2020 he is with his wife Nicole Johnson and his 3 sons, Boomer, Beckett, and Maverick Phelps in Paradise Valley, Arizona.

 

Michael Phelps kissing gold medal.
Michael Phelps of USA kisses his gold medal - the 19th he's won during his career - during the medal ceremony for the men's 4x100m freestyle relay final.

 

 

 

 

Michael Phelps and his Wife

Check out this website for more information on him and his family: The Family of Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all-time

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