Michael Phelps Greatest Olympian of all time. One of the most decorated Olympian Swimmer. Record 28 Olympic Medals in which 23 Gold Medals. Phelps achieved all at the age of 26 for what every sportsmen dream of. But was this journey easy for him? After announcing retirement at the age of 26.

Michael Phelps announced his retirement when he was at his peak. After winning 4 Gold Medals and 2 Silver Medals at London Olympics 2012.

Michael Phelps DUI Arrest

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“I still remember the days,
not wanting to see anybody,
not wanting to talk to anybody,
really not wanting to live”

On September 30, 2014, Michael Phelps was arrested for drink and drive. Phelps was going 84 mph in a 45 mph zone and was tested double the legal alcohol limit. Phelps was sent to rehab for his behavior. 

“It’s probably the most afraid I’ve ever felt in my life,” Phelps told about his experience in Rehab.

From Greatest Olympian to Zero

After the arrest, the news buzzed all over the globe. Michael Phelps became the topic of discussion all over. People started criticizing him for his behavior. The Olympic hero turned into a villain.

Phelps was banned for 6 months by USA swimming and stated he would not be chosen to represent the United States at the 2015 World Aquatics Championships in August.
With Phelps off the team, the United States failed to qualify for the finals of the 4×100 m freestyle relay.

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Michael Phelps Rio Olympics 2016 Comeback

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After successful rehab campaign, Michael Phelps felt good. He said “I haven’t had a single sip and will not have a sip…My body fat has dropped significantly, and I’m leaner than I’ve ever been.” 

Phelps called his old coach and started training harder than ever at the age of 31. He announced his participation at the Rio Olympics 2016.

“The performances were there because I worked, recovered, slept and took care of myself more than I ever had,” Phelps said ahead of Rio Olympics.

Return Of The Greatest Olympian Of All Time

Michael phelps gold medals

Phelps competed in three individual events: the 100m butterfly, the 200m butterfly, the 200m individual medley and 4×100-meter freestyle.

Phelps won 5 Gold Medals and a silver medal at the end of the event. This was one of the greatest comebacks in the history. From rehab to 6 Olympic medals made Phelps one of the most decorated swimmer of all time.

This was one of the greatest motivational stories you will come across. Real Champions are those who not only perform at their peak but also at their tough time.