Legendary Olympic Swimmer Visits Fort Wayne

By Stephanie Parkinson

September 19, 2013 Updated Sep 19, 2013 at 5:06 PM EST

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21Alive) - The most decorated Olympian of all time, Michael Phelps, visited Fort Wayne Thursday.

The legendary Olympic swimmer's 'Michael Phelps Signature Swim Spa' is manufactured in Fort Wayne at Master Spas. Thursday he toured their facility, and 21 Alive had the opportunity to sit down with him and talk about his future.

"You know I don't know, really what my peak is. Nobody knows until they challenge themselves. That's why it's hard to say, to really put a cap on something. I spent 20 years in the pool. It was a grueling 20 years, and I loved what I'm doing now. Just having the freedom, you know, to travel when I can. So it's just nice being able to have the freedom I never had before," said Phelps.

Since Phelps is spending less time in the pool he says he's spending more time honing his golfing skills.

"I mean there are so many times where I want to go out and just snap every club. It's so frustrating and I'm so competitive, but it really is a great game," said Phelps.

Although Phelps is enjoying his, so called, freedom now he admits he also enjoyed his swimming career.

"I say it was a very grueling life, like this, that, it was hard, but it was something that I wanted to do. You know, that was something...I wanted to do things that nobody else had ever done before, and that's really what was driving me. That was a goal that I had throughout my whole career. So it's good to be able to look back and say I've done everything I've wanted. And it is nice to say, also I have freedom, and I am retired at 28," said Phelps.

Although he says he's retired. He says that's his status today, and who knows what the future holds. As far as his coach goes, he thinks there's a lot left to see of Michael Phelps.

"I think that he's accomplished more than anyone could ever expect for a person to accomplish in a career. I do think he could do more. I don't think he was near his potential in London. I think there are some things he could improve on. Whether he decides to do that or not remains to be seen. He certainly has some things he could accomplish," said Coach Bob Bowman.

"My agent actually wrote three things down. Where I want to be in a year, where I want to be in five years and where I want to be in 10 years, and he said whenever you have an idea just jot it down, and we have a couple ideas. But it's just challenging because it's a different way of thinking for me," said Phelps.

Although his future as an Olympic swimmer is unknown, it's clear he still has a strong passion for swimming.




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