If you have been a keen follower of the Olympic Games held in Rio 2 months back, you definitely know these two giants: Michael Phelps and Brittany Maclean. They are Olympic swimming champions who have done both their countries and fans proud. But sadly, they recently made it public that it’s the end of the road for them.
For Michael Phelps, he has been an all-time Olympic record holder since the US Olympic Team trials of 2004. Since then, he has been a phenomenon in swimming championships, scooping 23 gold medals in global Olympic championships and 13 more gold medals in individual Olympic events. At 31, he recently made a statement that his win at the Olympic championships in Rio was the last call for him. Phelps did not give specific reasons why he is stepping down but one can attribute it to him becoming a family man. He wedded his long-time fiancée, Nicole Johnson with whom they have a child.
Over to Canada, a 22 year old Brittany Maclean is reassigning from Olympic swimming championships as well, but hers is more of a sad story. As the first Canadian female record holder, she was not pleased by her performance in the same Olympic games held in Rio last August. In the eyes of her Canadian and global fans, she actually did a good job setting a Canadian record in both the 200-meter and 400-meter freestyle games. Thanks to her, Canada walked away with an Olympic bronze medal, the first ever for the country, but Maclean felt she underperformed given the strong form she was in.
So as we are sure Phelps was well in his retiring years as a professional swimmer, one can only cross their fingers for the young Maclean. The female record holder said she is completing her degree in Sports management first before she thinks of competing again.