Olympics: Phelps gets started on the rest of his life
LONDON (AP) - On the first day of the rest of his life, Michael Phelps found old habits are hard to break.
He popped out of bed around 6am in the morning on Sunday, as if it were another normal training session.
"I wish I could sleep a little longer," Phelps said. "I've been used to getting up early the last 20 years. We're going to work on getting on a little different schedule."
Phelps can start sleeping later now. He can do whatever he wants. At 27, he ended his swimming career in London as the most decorated Olympian ever with 18 golds - twice as many as anyone else - and 22 medals overall. The only thing left to do is sign the retirement papers, which will remove him from the list of athletes who must undergo regular doping tests.