LONDON -- Michael Phelps insists he will not pull a Brett Favre. He is retiring after the Olympics, he says, and he means it.
Brendan Hansen said he had retired after the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Anthony Ervin said he had retired after the 2000 Sydney Olympics. Both swimmers are U.S. teammates with Phelps here in London.
Yet Phelps, 27, says there is no way he would compete in Rio de Janiero in 2016.
"The biggest thing I will always stand by is that I won’t swim past the age of 30," Phelps said. "That is something I don’t want."
Phelps already has more gold medals than any athlete in Olympic history. By the time he finishes here, he should have more total medals than any athlete in Olympic history.