For the first time in his long, storied, and incomparable career, the winningest Olympian in history Michael Phelps has been named a captain of the U.S. Olympic Team.
The identities of the 6 team captains (there were only 5 in 2012) were revealed on Tuesday as the Olympic swim team finalizes it’s week in San Antonio and prepares to head to Atlanta for its ultimate Olympic preparations.
- Cammile Adams (two-time Olympian)
- Elizabeth Beisel (three-time Olympian)
- Allison Schmitt (three-time Olympian)
- Nathan Adrian (three-time Olympian)
- Anthony Ervin (three-time Olympian)
- Michael Phelps (five-time Olympian)
While Phelps’ career has earned him nearly every accolade available to a swimmer, team captain has never been one until this year – further highlighting the observed change since an arrest and stint in rehab in 2014. Now a father, the 31-year old Phelps has said, with no reservations, that 2016 will be his last Olympic Games.
The captains, which USA Swimming elects for every major international travel team, are voted on by their teammates.
Between the six Captains, after Rio, they will combine for 19 trips to the Olympic Games. None of the 5 captains from the 2012 Olympic Games made the team in 2016, meaning that the group, despite their experience, are all new to this moniker.