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Michael Phelps is incredible.

18 gold medals, 22 medals total. Born to swim.

He told his mom that if she wants to go to Rio in 2016 he will buy her a ticket but he will not be competing there.

Video of Phelps winning 17th

Video of Phelps winning 18th

Videos of all 22 races

I think the quality I most admire is his ability to leave the sport.

He'll leave the competiion but he will still be around to inspire, right?

Definitely. I met him in 2004 briefly at a fan event; he has been an inspiration ever since.

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