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My medals are in a safe, secret place: Phelps

  • Posted by Robin Chatterjee, Senior Associate Editor
  • Published 16:53 August 5, 2012
  • Image Credit: Robin Chatterjee, Senior Associate Editor
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“My first day of retirement," said Phelps.

"First day of my new life. I thought I did as well as I could here. Maybe I could have done a bit better."

When asked where he was going to keep his medals Phelps said, ''My medals are in a safe place. They are in a secret place.''

A question about of if he was going to get married soon invited a long stare from his mother to the journalist.. Clearly she is very possessive about her little boy. Phelps's sister was also present. The retired superstar said that there were a lot of things that he wanted to do, but chiefly travel and stay in touch with sports given his competitive nature.

''I like things that make me think. Things that deal with strategy and stuff like that.'' I am a big fan of former NBA icon Michael Jordan.

Future plans include 'holidays, a bit of on my short game and hit the ball straight. More importantly, however, I would like to have long sleeps. I don't have to wake up at 6am like I have been used to doing for the past 20 years.'' His mother nodded in quiet agreement.

He did, however, seem a bit detached when asked by Gulf News if too much was being expected of Ryan Lochte, touted in the US media as his successor, and if Lochte needs to manage his expectations in future. ''Ryan's a great kid. But I have no idea about how he prepared for these games and how he trained. But I am sure he will get better.''

Suspiciously, however, there seems to be a faint indication that the world hasn't seen the last of Michael Phelps.

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