Michael Phelps Teases 2028 Olympic Comeback on Today Show

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. 

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Facts
1 month ago

He’d prob still get silver medal in the 200 fly if he decided to hop into the pool today

Little Mermaid
Reply to  Facts
1 month ago

He might rabbit he might!

Tomek
Reply to  Facts
1 month ago

200 IM would be his best chance

Steve Nolan
Reply to  Tomek
1 month ago

Esp if he trained for it using RPT or whatever.

CB9
Reply to  Steve Nolan
1 month ago

Nice

Dudeman
Reply to  Steve Nolan
1 month ago

I understood that reference

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Facts
1 month ago

If he swam the women’s 200 fly, he’d make semis.

PFA
1 month ago

If a 43 year old Michael could throw down a sub 55 hundred fly I’d say he would already be successful in that comeback.

GATOR CHOMP 🐊
1 month ago

Him and Boomer could make it together

Ol' Longhorn
1 month ago

He’s bonging again.

mills
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
1 month ago

and there’s nothing wrong with that in Canada and certain states.

Not Tapered 🏊
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
1 month ago

It’s acceptable now, so that’s like a compliment

PAUL KRYDER
Reply to  Not Tapered 🏊
1 month ago

It is LEGAL. Acceptable is another matter.

Mike
1 month ago

He could probably win the 200 IM and be a lot of help for the freestyle relays.
But he hates to lose and he doesn’t have a 1:50 200 fly or a 49 fly in him. He really looks fit though

Last edited 1 month ago by Mike
M d e
Reply to  Mike
1 month ago

I don’t think probably means what you think it does.

Mike
Reply to  M d e
1 month ago

I’m talking about if he were to swim this year or the next.

M d e
Reply to  Mike
1 month ago

He swam under MAs time twice after 2012. He’s 5 years older now.

Possible perhaps sure, ive certainly learned not to doubt Phelps, but probably is a stretch.

Jack
Reply to  M d e
1 month ago

Yeah but he only swam it with a taper twice after 2012, and both were 1:54’s. I mean I guess the 1:56 at 2014 Pan Pacs was with a taper maybe, but it was like 3 months after he came out of retirement, and I’d be surprised if Bowman rested him fully when they were just starting to rebuild his aerobic base. So it’s not like he swam it 8 or 10 times and only got under twice.

I mean you’re absolutely right about it being 5 years later. But if he was even anywhere close to where he was before he retired no one would touch him.

Last edited 1 month ago by Jack
Not Tapered 🏊
Reply to  Mike
1 month ago

Dude at least staying fit in retirement.

Last edited 1 month ago by Not Tapered 🏊
Mr Piano
1 month ago

This is going to sound weird and off topic, but anti aging technology could be just around the corner. The conversation is no longer just about slowing down aging, but EVENTUALLY reversing its effects on humans (has already been done with animals in testing). If this technology becomes available in 15 years or so for humans, I wonder what it’s effects will be on sports. Phelps is simply too old to compete with the athletes of today, will we be able to say that in a couple decades? It’s fascinating to think about, and sounds like science fiction, but it could be a very real thing someday.

Little Mermaid
Reply to  Mr Piano
1 month ago

Sure some of them are utilizing GH! During off season

run-dmc
Reply to  Mr Piano
1 month ago

First we need a shot to reverse the effects of the jab, then we can focus on immortality.

Not Tapered 🏊
Reply to  run-dmc
1 month ago

Brutal.

Not Tapered 🏊
Reply to  Mr Piano
1 month ago

I’m coming back in about 15 years.

mhm
1 month ago

wants to take the 2fly wr back

Breastroke=Bestroke
1 month ago

Yeah as cool as it would be, it’s not gonna hapoen

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