American swimmer and Olympic legend, Michael Phelps covers the latest edition of Sports Illustrated.
Considered the greatest Olympian of all time, Phelps’s cover for the 12th edition of the magazine sees him sporting his 23 Olympic Gold medals.
Talking about his final individual race, Phelps told Sports Illustrated’s Tim Layden how he knew it was time for a change.
”I’m coming into my last four or five strokes, and I remember thinking, Whatever happens, this is how it’s supposed to end,” Phelps said. “Maybe I’m going 6-for-6 and that’s perfect, or maybe Joe [Schooling] is going to hang on and I’m O.K. with that. That’s when I knew I was ready to retire. Any other time, I would have been livid about finishing second.”