I'm in a better state of mind this time than I was four years ago.

"[203], In April 2014, Phelps announced he would come out of retirement, and would enter an event later that month. Phelps is just under 6 feet, 4 inches tall. [172] In the 200-meter backstroke, Phelps finished in 4th place in 1:56.98. "I didn't want to be alive anymore. Olympian leaves Rio with a total of 28 medals throughout his career, Watch political discourse in America and we frequently hear the dominance of language that focuses on "winning" and "winners," and a distain for losing and "losers,", Olympic hero Michael Phelps says he was scared of water as a kid, We've been all up in Summer 2016 Olympics, which had a whole avalanche of athletes descending on Rio and hoping to go home with gold. [100] In his second event, the 100-meter butterfly, Phelps just edged out Ian Crocker 51.51 (another championship record) to 51.73.

So many things have. [152] In his second event, the 200-meter butterfly, Phelps easily won with a time of 1:52.76, 0.88 seconds ahead of the second-place finisher.

Phelps has accumulated a total of 28 medals at the Olympic Summer Games in Athens, Beijing, London and Rio — 23 gold, three silver and two bronze — setting the record for the most medal wins by any Olympic athlete. Turn on the television. [83] Phelps went on to win the 400-meter freestyle, the 200-meter freestyle, the 100-meter butterfly, the 100-meter freestyle, and the 200-meter individual medley at the Trials. [45] Less than an hour later, Phelps swam the lead-off leg for the 4×200-meter freestyle relay. [63] However, Phelps dropped the 200-meter backstroke to focus on the 200-meter freestyle because he wanted to race Ian Thorpe. Phelps, the two-time defending Olympic champion, won his heat in 4 minutes, 13.33 seconds with a time that was well off his world record of 4:03.84 set four years ago in Beijing, when Phelps won a record eight gold medals. He won four gold medals, in the 4-by-200-meter freestyle relay, 200-meter individual medley, 100-meter butterfly and 4-by-100-meter medley relay; and two silver medals, in the 4-by-100-meter freestyle relay and 200-meter butterfly. Whitney tried out for the U.S. Olympic team in 1996, at the age of 15, but injuries derailed her career. [94] On July 29, Phelps, along with Ryan Lochte, Peter Vanderkaay and Klete Keller, won the gold in the 4×200-meter freestyle relay with a time of 7:06.58. [269] The family lives in Paradise Valley, Arizona, an affluent town adjoined to Phoenix, where Phelps volunteers alongside Bowman as an assistant coach for the Arizona State Sun Devils swim team. Phelps is the long course world record holder in the men's 400-meter individual medley as well as the former long course world record holder in the 200-meter freestyle, 100-meter butterfly, 200-meter butterfly, and 200-meter individual medley.