Zitat des Tages von Michael Phelps:
I think goals should never be easy, they should force you to work, even if they are uncomfortable at the time.
I learned how fast you can go from being an international hero to being a reference in a joke on a late night talk show.
My goal is one Olympic gold medal. Not many people in this world can say, 'I'm an Olympic gold medalist.'
I feel most at home in the water. I disappear. That's where I belong.
I'm the same kind of guy before all this happened.
I got the stamina. I can close.
I have a lot of goals, but I think that I just want to take it day by day.
Even in high school, I'd tell my mom I was sick of swimming and wanted to try to play golf. She wasn't too happy. She'd say, 'Think about this.' And I'd always end up getting back in the pool.
I listen to music before my competitions to get me pumped up. It helps me stay focused.
I'll be working with kids for the rest of my life.
I eat pretty much whatever I want. I don't have a strict diet. It's all about cramming in as many calories into my system as I possibly can.
I want to continue the sport of swimming. I'm not going to give up until I think it's reached where I want it to go.
I think sometimes I guess you see records, say you want to get there and use that as motivation. In a way, it's kind of cool if there is a possibility to rewrite history and be up there with the greats of Olympic history.
I think to be - for me to be an American is - you know, it's one of the greatest things in the world for - you know, for me just because I've been able to grow up with everything. The freedom. You know, in my eyes this is the greatest country in the world.
I try to separate my personal life from swimming.
I believe in God; I'm not saying I'm highly religious.
This is my 20th year in the sport. I've known swimming and that's it. I don't want to swim past age 30; if I continue after this Olympics, and come back in 2016, I'll be 31. I'm looking forward to being able to see the other side of the fence.
I have the opportunity to be part of swimming history. To take the sport to a new level would be an honor for me. There's no better time to try this than now.
I know it won't be eight medals again. If you want to compare me to that, that's your decision, not mine. I'm going out there to try to accomplish the things that I have in my mind and in my heart.
For the millionth time, I'm retired. I keep saying it, and people keep answering, 'Well, maybe he doesn't mean it this time.' But I do.
If you want to be the best, you have to do things that other people aren't willing to do.
I want to be able to look back and say, 'I've done everything I can, and I was successful.' I don't want to look back and say I should have done this or that. I'd like to change things for the younger generation of swimmers coming along.
It doesn't matter what else is going on. When you walk into your arena or your - whatever you excel at, you're there to take care of the job that you have to do.
Every day after I wake up, I think, 'Wait... this can't be real; I'm still going to wake up.'
I live a pretty conservative life, so I probably really haven't done anything crazy.
Once I'm already in my room, I still have to open a door to get into my bed. It's like a giant box. It's like the boy in a bubble.
There is a one woman in China that claimed she paid $50 to get my e-mail address. It was pretty shocking. I got one this morning from Scotland. A girl's requesting a signed photo of me.
I think the biggest things I am looking forward to is getting new faces into the sport. Getting kids who could be afraid of water to feel comfortable in the pool.
There were times I wouldn't come to practice, because it didn't excite me. It wasn't interesting. I was kind of going through the motions.
I want to test my maximum and see how much I can do. And I want to change the world of swimming.
I like to just think of myself as a normal person who just has a passion, has a goal and a dream and goes out and does it. And that's really how I've always lived my life.
So, you know, if, if I wanted to get up and just play golf one day, I would just get up and play golf. If I wanted to go to Vegas, I would just get up and go to Vegas.
Yeah, my friends call me Mike, Michael or just my last name.
I want to go to the World Cup. I want to go to the Masters. I want to go... anywhere.
Once I retire, I'm retiring. I'm done.
Any Olympic sport is great to watch.