In an interview with the Today Show, 28-time Olympic medalist Michael Phelps hinted that he may not be done with his swimming career.
Responding to a question regarding a possible comeback, Phelps did not give a definitive answer. “My wife said to Lester (Holt) in (2016), back in Rio, that if I did come back, it would be in L.A.,” Phelps recalled, referring to the 2028 Los Angeles Olympic Games.
However, shortly afterwards, Phelps turned toward the camera and stated, “I’m not coming back now! Don’t get any ideas.”
Phelps elaborated on his response, saying that he’s “completely happy” with his retirement, and that he still does get in the water from time-to-time. Phelps, a father of 3, also said, “If my boys, at some point, ask when I’m going to or why I’m not competing, we’ll see what the answer is then.”
The most decorated Olympian of all-time, Phelps competed in 5 Olympic Games for the United States. Over the course of his career, he racked up a total of 28 Olympic medals, including 23 golds.
Phelps originally retired from the sport following the 2012 Olympic Games, but later came out of retirement and competed at the 2016 Rio Olympics. At those Games, Phelps won 5 gold medals and 1 silver medal. Phelps retired after Rio and has not competed since August 14, 2016. If he were to come out of retirement for the Los Angeles Olympic Games in 2028, Phelps would be 43-years-old.