The most decorated Olympic athlete of all time, swimmer Michael Phelps, spoke with the media on Wednesday to make it crystal clear the 2016 Rio Games will be his last.
USA Swimming has his statement:
It can't be any more clear than "100 percent, this is my last one," even if his peers believe he still has plenty left in the tank for the 2020 Olympics.
He debuted as a 15-year-old in 2000 and appeared in four separate Olympic Games. Phelps won a record 18 gold medals, including eight at the Beijing Games in 2008, a record for most gold medals won at a single Olympics.
During his competition on one of the world's biggest athletic stages, Phelps set four different Olympic records and eight world records.
Phelps mentioned that he has a child on the way and wants to focus on "building" his family. On Nov. 18, Phelps announced that his fiancee Nicole Johnson was pregnant and is over three months along.
At 30 years old, Phelps is in no way an old man, but in a career that has already reached the highest of peaks, his fans get one more opportunity to say goodbye in 2016.
Stats courtesy of Sports-Reference.com.