Michael Phelps Is Really Retiring This Time: ‘I’m Done, No More’

He's hanging up his swimming cap! Following a history-making week in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Michael Phelps has announced that he's officially retiring. After competing and winning in four Olympics, the 23-time gold medalist confirmed the news during an interview with the Today show on Monday, August 15.

"Done, done, done — and this time I mean it. I wanted to come back and finish my career how I wanted and this was the cherry on top of the cake," Phelps, 31, told Matt Lauer. "I'm done. I'm finished. I'm retired. I'm done. No more."

Michael Phelps of the United States speaks during a press conference at the Main Press Centre on August 14, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Michael Phelps of the United States speaks during a press conference at the Main Press Centre on Aug. 14, 2016, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Jamie Squire/Getty Images

"Between now and London, I was so much more emotional during these Games; I think that showed at times on camera," he continued. "That's the difference. Because I knew this was the last time. I knew this was the last race that I ever had, the last Olympics that I ever had. And everything just really hit hard."

As previously reported, Phelps' teammate Ryan Lochte told Lauer last week that Phelps wasn't ready to retire just yet. "I guarantee he will be there. I think so — I really think so," Lochte, 32, said on Friday. "Michael, I'll see you in Tokyo." (Phelps revealed after the 2012 London Olympics that he was retiring, but started training again in 2014.)

USA's gold medallist Michael Phelps holds the US flag after the podium ceremony of the Men's swimming 4 x 100m Medley Relay Final at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on August 13, 2016.
USA's gold medalist Michael Phelps holds the U.S. flag after the podium ceremony of the Men's swimming 4 x 100m Medley Relay Final at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on Aug. 13, 2016. MARTIN BUREAU/AFP/Getty Images

Phelps responded to Lochte's comments on Sunday, following the 100m butterfly event. "I will just clarify that Ryan doesn't know what he is talking about," he said, via USA Today. "I am not coming back in four years."

Phelps has other plans for his future. The new dad wants to challenge himself in other ways and wants to focus on his 3-month-old baby boy, Boomer, and fiancée, Nicole Johnson.

"This is the part of my life where I get to start this whole new chapter … [I want] to build a family with Nicole," he told Lauer on Monday. "Younger guys we have coming up in the sport are going to take over."

Phelps further opened up about his journey during an interview with NBC's Lester Holt. "It's been an amazing career, a ridiculous career and there's no better way of finishing how I did," he said on Sunday. "[Last night, I said], 'Mom we're not going to Tokyo.' I said, 'I'm not swimming in Tokyo.' And she just started crying and smiling. And then she was like, 'What about 100 fly? The relay?' And I was like, 'Mom, we're done. It's it. We're finished.' I’m happy with my career."

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