By: Brooke Nichols
Ever wanted to be in the Olympics but think you can’t do it because something’s stopping you? Well think again because Michael Phelps U.S.A Olympic swimmer has proved everyone differently. Even with a ADD disorder it didn’t stop him from competing in four Olympic games.
Since Phelps was diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder, he started taking a stimulant medication which slowed him down but he didn’t like. He was directed toward swimming in 1992 at the early age of just nine his gift provides him with an outlet for his heightened amount of energy. After discovering what Phelps could do in the pool, being unbeatable and untouched, he started to break record after record as he rose through each age category.
In the 2016 Olympics in Rio, he has won six consecutive medals, five gold and one silver. His gold’s are in Men’s 4x200m freestyle relay, Men’s 200m butterfly, Men’s 4x100m medley relay, Men’s 4x100m freestyle relay, and also Men’s 200m individual medley, and in silver is Men’s 100m butterfly.
“Phelps gold double extends his record as most decorated Olympian of all time” says Rachel Swatman from Olympic.org
Sadly, Phelps told NBC, “This is it. I’m swimming how I want to and this is a great way to finish.”
Phelps will not be swimming in the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan. He will still be known as the most decorative Olympian of all time securing 28 Olympics medals over all 23 of them gold spanning over four Olympic Games since he was just 15 years old. He might not be returning but Phelps is well known all over the world as the greatest U.S.A swimmer of all time.