Everyone believed that the London 2012 Summer Olympics would be Michael Phelps’ last Olympic Games. The 27-year-old “Tiger Woods of swimming” told the New York Times, “I finished my career the way I wanted to. I think that’s pretty cool.”
But after taking some time out of the water, Phelps realized he wasn’t quite ready to retire from the sport.
In preparation for the 2016 Rio Olympics, Phelps realized he has to make some bigger sacrifices if he doesn’t want a repeat of the London Games. The Olympian states that he’s completely cutting alcohol out of his diet for the 2016 Rio Games and possibly for life. He tells the Associated Press,
He claims that he did not cut out booze from his diet in previous Games, but was still able to accumulate the record-breaking 22 Olympic medals. But after returning from the London Olympics, Phelps was ticketed for driving under the influence, where he was charged with probation. Phelps says,
Phelps understands that with the stiff upcoming competition between him and his American rival, Ryan Lochte, he will have to go above and beyond in the water. We salute your dedication and sobriety, Michael Phelps.
[via Bleacher Report]