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Phelps gets started on the rest of his life

11:45 AM, Aug 5, 2012   |    comments
Michael Phelps, photo courtesy US Presswire
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LONDON (AP) - On the first day of the rest of his life, Michael Phelps found old habits are hard to break.

He got up around 6 in the morning Sunday, as he did while he was training.

Phelps can start sleeping later now, having ended his swimming career in London as the most decorated Olympian ever with 18 golds, 22 medals overall.

He hasn't officially signed his retirement papers, but says he'll be doing that "very soon."

Phelps isn't sure what he'll do next. Maybe some traveling and some trips to the beach. But he knows he doesn't want to swim anymore, saying he's accomplished all his goals and is "ready for the next chapter."

The Associated Press

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