Michael Phelps back for next summer games in Tokyo 2020?

  • ChicagoSteve

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    Aug 13, 2016 12:37 AM GMT
    So, this is what swimmer Ryan Lochte had to say about Michael Phelps maybe participating in the next summer games, 4 years from now, at the age of 35, and maybe not retiring from swimming after all, even with more gold medals than any swimmer. " I guarantee he will be there,'' Lochte said on NBC’s TODAY show on Friday. "I think so. I really think so. So Michael, I'll see you in Tokyo." What do you think, after a remarkable career, more swimming gold medals than anyone, should he hang it up, or try for more in Tokyo in 2020?
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    Aug 13, 2016 11:37 AM GMT
    ChicagoSteve saidSo, this is what swimmer Ryan Lochte had to say about Michael Phelps maybe participating in the next summer games, 4 years from now, at the age of 35, and maybe not retiring from swimming after all, even with more gold medals than any swimmer. " I guarantee he will be there,'' Lochte said on NBC’s TODAY show on Friday. "I think so. I really think so. So Michael, I'll see you in Tokyo." What do you think, after a remarkable career, more swimming gold medals than anyone, should he hang it up, or try for more in Tokyo in 2020?


    I hope he does not return
  • roadbikeRob

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    Aug 13, 2016 1:05 PM GMT
    I think that Michael Phelps is the greatest swimmer of all time and an awesome athlete. However, I have mixed emotions about him competing in Tokyo in 2020. He could be setting himself up for an ultimate showdown that he might not be able to win due to being older than the other swimmers and he could stoke resentment and distrust from other male swimmers who are competing for the same gold medal. It is like he has a secret, ego driven personal agenda. On the other hand, having a 35 year old successful athlete competing in the Tokyo 2020 games could prove that older age is not a barrier to athletic competition which could change the playing field in terms of age and experience in the Olympics. Anything is possible at this point.