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Happy Birthday, Michael Phelps! Here’s What The 28-time Olympic Medalist Has Been Up To Since Retirement

June 30, 2019, 9:55 a.m. (ET)


Following the Olympic Games Rio 2016, 28-time Olympic medalist Michael Phelps announced his retirement. Even though he’s no longer swimming competitively, he has far from having an excess of free time.

Phelps has been on the move – from golfing, to hanging out with some recognizable friends and family, to supporting Team USA and more.

In honor of Phelps’ 34th birthday, we’re taking a dive into what the swimming legend has been up to through social media.

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Phelps has found himself out on the golf course a lot more often, and it appears he is back to his winning ways. Just last September, Phelps and Team USA pulled out with a win in a 10-hole scramble against well-known European celebrities in the 2018 Ryder Cup Celebrity Match. 

He has also been spending time with a few of his famous friends like five-time NBA champion Kobe Bryant and two-time Super Bowl champion Ray Lewis. Phelps is also a big sports fan, often posting about the Baltimore Ravens in particular.

Also, let us not forget his friendship with fellow Olympic swimming champion Allison Schmitt.

While Phelps is enjoying retirement, he doesn’t forget the special moments he’s shared both individually and alongside his Team USA teammates. Remembering these moments on “Throwback Thursday” is a highlight throughout Phelps’ social media.

10 years ago today I had the privilege of sharing the lane with these boys while representing our country at the Olympic Games. Fun facts: 1. We were underdogs going into finals 2. We won by .08 3. Jason Lezak’s anchor leg was the fastest relay split in history (46.0) 4. 5 of the 8 teams in the final heat broke the existing world record. #usa #memories

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A flashback to one year ago... I got to share the podium with these amazing teammates !! #goldmedal #usa @caelebdressel @nathangadrian @heldilox

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I can’t believe this is almost 10 years ago.. #usa #team #memories

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While Phelps didn’t attend the University of Michigan as a student-athlete, he did train there for the Olympics on multiple occasions. These days, it’s common to see him supporting the Wolverines and donning some of their team apparel.  

Let's go blue!!! #goblue @boomerrphelps

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Let’s go blue!!!

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Now, this photo might need a little bit more explanation… but regardless, it’s one of the highlights. 

A throwback from my years at Michigan. Big game today! #letsgoblue #goblue

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Phelps continues to support Team USA athletes in all sports, whether it be from summer or winter sports

This kid is on fire!! So damn fun to watch buddy!!!!@caelebdressel

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Let’s go @shaunwhite !!! Way to go man!! Nothing like a good comeback right?? Redemption always feels great!! #usa #OlympicGames2018

And, of course, he is consistently reminding us that he and Schmitt have the most adorable friendship.

Happy bday and good luck auntie/grandma/Allison(you have so many nicknames)! Love you !!#haveagreatbday #tbt

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Retirement isn’t just hard work for Phelps. He has been goofing around on social media as well. This prank in particular may have gotten us a little too excited...

#aprilfools I'm not actually coming back😁 sorry for getting some of yalls hopes up🙊 https://t.co/GOp7osXCBF

All gold everything is a pretty good look for Mr. Phelps, no?

So honored to receive this award! Thanks @nickelodeon for such a fun night!!! #slime @gettyentertainment @gettysport

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Phelps also takes the time to appreciate a special someone from time to time. His wife, Nicole, doesn’t shy away from the Olympian’s Instagram. The couple is currently going on their third year of marriage.

Happy anniversary @mrs.nicolephelps !! It’s been a fast and amazing 2 years! But I feel like the luckiest man in the world to have you as my best friend..... you are my rock my glue and everything that holds me together...I love you so much and look forward to seeing what the future brings us !! “And I know that I can't ever tell you enough That all I need in this life is your crazy love If I never get to see the Northern lights Or if I never get to see the Eiffel Tower at night Oh if all I got is your hand in my hand Baby I could die a happy man A happy man, baby, hmm” @thomasrhettakins Love you soooooooo much !! 📸 @boonestudios

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Here we come @garthbrooks !! #bucketlist #az #datenight

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Happy Mother’s Day to @mrs.nicolephelps and all of the other amazing moms out there!!! #loveyou

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Another baby is on the way for the Phelps family – it’ll be No. 3 for Michael and Nicole, who currently have two sons, Boomer and Beckett Phelps. 

#3 on the way! Can’t wait to see the journey that this takes us on!!! #luckyman #boyorgirl? #P3

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While Michael’s Instagram is always giving us a glimpse into his life post-retirement, the family pictures are our favorite ones.

Babies first Christmas!!! Love you @boomerrphelps !! #family

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First thing @boomerrphelps grabs when he gets in the car is my hat... so we HAD to take a pic !! #eldo #gooddayatschool

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This combination is regularly undefeated: babies and medals.


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