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Michael Phelps Ends Olympic Career with 22 Medals!

Michael Phelps Ends Olympic Career with 22 Medals!

Michael Phelps proudly shows off his trophy for being the “Greatest Olympic Athlete of All Time” after the last race of his Olympic career during the 2012 Summer Olympics on Saturday (August 4) at the Aquatics Centre in London, England.

The 27-year-old swimmer won his 22nd medal that day – a gold in the Men’s 4x100m Medley Relay Final alongside teammates Nathan Adrian, Matt Grevers, and Brendan Hansen.

Michael left the Olympics this year with six medals. Overall, he has won 18 gold medals, 2 silver medals, and 2 bronze medals during his career at the Olympics, setting a record for being the most decorated Olympian of all time.

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# 1

Congrats Michael end your career at the top and don’t let anybody talk you into performing at the next Olympics.

# 2

You made us proud

# 3

after watching the swimming olympics all i know is i cant swim that well :/

# 4

This is a bad idea. He should make another 4 years !!!!!!!!!

# 5
the truth @ 08/04/2012 at 7:51 pm

Even as a Brit I must applaud this man’s efforts. He is just brill, the US are lucky to have such an amazing swimmer.

# 6

Amazing athlete and man!

# 7

A truly amazing career. Also, retirement at 27. Very well done! :)

# 8

I’m going to miss this sexy beast! :(

# 9

While I don’t have anything against this great athlete, I think I’m getting Michael Phelps fatigue. With all due respect, please, no more news about him for awhile.

@Dave From Canada:

You can’t be serious. Compared to other celebrities who get so much more exposure (even when they are just shopping), you ask for no more news about Michael Phelps?? I would like to have a dozen more news about him then most of the other people that gets published here! And the only time we see him is when he’s swimming!
And I’m sure since he’s retiring after this year’s Olympics, you won’t be seeing much news about him anyways… which maybe makes you happy, but it makes me terribly sad.
By the way, I’m not trying to attack you, it just irritates me when people say this kind of things to people that don’t even get mentioned that much.

Anyways, congrats Michael!!! You have definitely done the USA proud!! There definitely won’t be another one like you I’m sure of it (even if you still have some great swimmers)! I wish you wouldn’t retire, but I guess you deserve a (very much) early retirement! Good luck with of your future endeavors! …And don’t stop tweeting!! I need my Michael Phelps fix somehow or another! ;D

Golden Boy @ 08/04/2012 at 8:49 pm

He’s going to be a sports announcer after the games so we will still see him on television.

[~Fug Face Man!ston~] @ 08/04/2012 at 9:06 pm

…I enjoyed watching him swim. He’s the greatest.

Damn he’s ugly

KUdos to Michael Phelps for a fantastic Olympic career, but shame to the committee that chose that God-awful trophy for him. Looks like a piece of scrap metal they just picked up – can’t even tell what it’s supposed to be.

ScarlettMelody @ 08/04/2012 at 10:32 pm

@Tracy: Damn you’re pathetic!

Haters Suck! @ 08/04/2012 at 10:36 pm

Beast mode. Dude is a freaking monster. 18 gold out of 22 medals will never be done again. Made America proud Mike.

Good for you Mike!, you deserve it sweetie.

Just watched his last race. I look up to him so much, and I’m so glad that he ended his career on top- a place where he belongs, and will remain forever. He has stayed so humble and is always grateful for all of his endeavors. It’s people like these who are inspirations to us out there, and I’m thankful to have a man, athlete and role model like him to look up to. Michael Phelps thank you for being a true hero.

Aww. It’s such a moment. Glad he’s ending it at his peak. It’s a real nice way to get out of the game nice and clean. :)

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Well done. Not only a great swimmer, a true example of good sportsmanship.

Women LOVE him

he can get any chick he wants

Congratulations Michael!! Amazing last race!! And such a great legacy he is going to leave behind! =)

He’s the GOAT !

Andamentothat @ 08/05/2012 at 12:53 am

Michael Phelps, such an inspiration to all athletes. Job well done and hope to see you soon on tv as a broadcaster!

Awesome athlete and inspiritional man. Well done and congratulations on such a stunning achievement

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