Michael Phelps has been tearing up the 2016 Rio Olympics. A big question being asked by both Team USA and Phelps fans is if Michael Phelps will compete in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics? Despite his earlier and current public statements to the contrary, the pot was stirred by teammate Ryan Lochte, when Lochte told reporters that he felt as though Phelps would definitely be coming back for the 2020 Games. During Lochte’s interview with reporters, he made the connection between Phelps stating that he was retired after the 2012 London Olympics, he ended up competing in the 2016 Games and has well-exceeded expectations. If you would like to check out the printable 2016 Olympics schedule, we have one posted for fans to enjoy.
So What is Michael Phelps’ Stance on the 2020 Games?
After Michael Phelps came in a three-way tie for second place in the 100 meter butterfly, he told reporters that in no uncertain terms, he would not be competing in the 2020 Games! At the age of 31, Phelps is considered “old” in the major competitive swimming circuit, and at the age of 36, he would be one of the oldest competitors ever! One of his quotes to USA Today during the interview was, “I am not coming back in four years.”
So How Has Michael Phelps Done during the Rio Olympics?
Michael Phelps has simply rocked the 2016 Rio Games. During the events, he has added four gold medals and one silver at the time of this writing (with the potential to add one more gold on later today in a relay event). Phelps has a total of 27 total Olympic medals, and even though it was bitter sweet to get silver last night, the swimmer who beat him was one that Phelps had encouraged to compete when the competitor was 12! After Phelp’s victory on Thursday, he earned his 13th individual gold medal that broke a 2,169 year old Olympic record set by Leonidas of Rhodes who earned 12 in the pre-modern Olympic era.
Who will the Face of Team USA be in the 2020 Games?
Even if Michael Phelps does not compete in the 2020 Games, the face of Team USA swimming now appears to belong to Katie Ledecky. Katie has just been unbelievable during the 2016 Rio Games. During the Women’s 800 meter freestyle event on Friday, she won the Gold medal by an unprecedented 10 seconds! That is just ridiculous, and we will all be waiting to see what else Ledecky can pull off over the years to come.