Phelps has won 18 gold medals, more than anybody in Olympic history. He
won eight gold medals in a single Olympics in 2008 in Beijing, China.But
his golden image was tarnished after the 2012 London Olympics. He was
arrested two times for drunk driving.
Phelps first appeared in the Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia, in
2000. He was 15 years old. Now 31, Phelps still holds three world
records. He says he is happy to represent his country at the Olympic
Games one more time.
Another goal for Phelps is setting one more personal best time during
the next month.“It’s been a long time since I’ve got a best time,” he
said. “I’d like to have maybe one before I retire. I hope we can get at
least one in the next four weeks.”
When the Rio Olympic Games begin in August, Phelps will be joined on the
U.S. swim team by Allison Schmitt. Schmitt is another athlete who won
gold medals in London in 2012. But she has struggled in her personal
life since winning gold.
For Schmitt, it was depression that included suicidal thoughts. It was
not until her cousin committed suicide that she looked for help. She
qualified for Rio on Wednesday after placing fourth in the 200-meter
freestyle race. She won that event at the London Games in 2012.
“I’m going to Rio,” Schmitt said. “It’s been a tough four years, but I’m
so happy right now.”The star swimmer of the 2016 summer games may be
19-year-old Katie Ledecky. In 2012, she was a young swimmer from the
suburbs of Washington, D.C. Ledecky won a surprise gold medal in the 800
meter freestyle in London. In less than four years, she broke three
At last year’s world championships, Ledecky won five gold medals. She
says she will not try to break German swimmer Kristin Otto’s record of
six gold medals at a single Olympics.“I don’t think about who I’m
chasing or any of the historical implications,” Ledecky said.