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Michael Phelps Excited to Ski, Snowboard Upon Olympic Retirement

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Olympic Gold medalist Michael Phelps announces partnership with Head&Shoulders at Soho House on February 8, 2012 in New York City.  

There may come a time when Michael Phelps looks back at his swimming career post-retirement with fond thoughts, but for now, the 14-time Olympic gold medalist is focusing on his much-needed R&R.

"I'm excited to relax! Not have to answer to anyone. Not have someone tell me where to go, when to go, what to do…" the 27-year-old, who will kickoff in his third and final Summer Olympics in London on Friday, told Us Weekly at Club Speedo on Thursday.

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Knowing that he didn't want to compete past the age of 30, these next few weeks will feel rather bittersweet for the 6-foot-4 athlete, but Phelps is keeping his head in the game — even with teammate Ryan Lochte, 27, on his tail.

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"Once I hang my suit up I want to be able to look back and say I've done everything I can in my career — whether that's having fifty gold medals or having sixteen total medals," the Baltimore, Maryland native has told Us. "If I can say I've done everything I've wanted, I think that's really all that matters."

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But in the meantime, the chiseled champion's first order of business is something on land — in particular, winter sports.

"This winter I want to try and snowboard and ski…I've never done that because I couldn't get hurt," he explained to Us. "I knew if I got hurt it wouldn't be good."

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