'I'm Ready for Something Different': Michael Phelps Wins Gold in Last Olympic Race as Family Tears Up in Stands
Team U.S.A. takes another gold in the last swimming race of the 2016 Olympics
They made it look easy.
With the screaming crowd on its feet, The U.S. Team won the race in 3:27.95. Great Britain won the silver with 3:29.24. Australia took the bronze with a 3:29.93.
As they won the race, the men wrapped each other in bear hugs and looked over at their families. Phelps’ fiancée, Nicole Johnson, wiped away tears.
The win capped off an impressive Olympics for all four men.
Here in Rio, Phelps added 6 medals – 5 gold and 1 silver – to his astonishing tally of 28 Olympic medals. Adrian picked up 4 – 2 gold and 2 bronze. Murphy picked up 3 gold medals, and Miller picked up a gold and a bronze.
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So is the era of Michael Phelps over?
The 31-year-old has repeatedly said that these are his last Olympic games – a sentiment that he repeated in his post-race interview.
“I’m just ready for something different,” he told NBC. “My swimming career might be over, but I have the future ahead of me. It’s not the end of a career, [it’s] the beginning of a new journey.”
As the National Anthem played for Phelps’ final medal, the athlete was seen breaking out into a huge smile and tearing up.