Related Audio: Amanda Beard talks about her training regiment and more on Michael Phelps
Michael Phelps has pretty much made it clear: he’ll compete one last time in this summer’s games in London and then call his swimming career over. Many have already questioned whether that is really a great idea. He still is fairly young and probably could conceivably run in a few races for at least another two Olympics. On the other hand, he has accomplished pretty much everything one could do and there is very little left to prove.
Amanda Beard, who is looking to compete in her fifth Olympic Games for USA Swimming, told 110SportsPodcast.com that Phelps is making the right decision for himself. “I think for anybody, once you kind of start to lose that love and passion for your sport it’s not fun. You’re not going to be successful to where you want to be. You’re not going to be able to push yourself constantly on a daily basis, and at the end of the day you have to do what’s best for yourself.
“I know that if Michael wanted to continue doing three or four more Olympics I bet you he has it in him, but if his heart is not in it, it’s not worth it for him to do it.”
Phelps can also make a little more history, with 16 medals overall, he is two shy of the Olympic record set by Soviet gymnast Larysa Latynina. The opening ceremonies for the London Olympic Games is set for Friday, July 27.
– For the full interview with Amanda Beard listen to Episode 158 on 110SportsPodcast.com.
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