Is 2012 The Last Olympics For Michael Phelps?

After winning a record setting eight gold medals in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, Michael Phelps may be calling it quits after the next Summer Olympics in 2012.

The most prolific Olympic gold medallist of all time, with 14 to his name, will be 27 in 2012.

“I told myself I will not swim over the age of 30 and I will not,” he said.

Phelps has not specified how many races he will enter in London but hopes his refusal to wear the now banned high-tech suits will give him an edge.

So will we even get to see him make a run at 8 more medals or even more? Don’t count on it.

He ruled out entering eight races in London but plans to use this year’s Pan Pacific Championships in California and the 2011 World Championships in Shanghai to experiment with different combinations of events ahead of the Games.

“I don’t even know,” he said when asked how many races he would enter in London. “But I will say it’s not eight, I’ll give you that one.”

Whether he retires after 2012 or not, he easily goes down as the most heralded Olympic athlete ever. Hands down.

Michael Phelps to quit Olympic swimming after 2012 (BBC)

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