Michael Phelps Is Sleeping In An Altitude Chamber To Train For The Summer Olympics

Michael Phelps

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This summer Michael Phelps will compete in his third summer Olympics. You might think an athlete that has already won 16 medals, including 14 gold, and earned tens of millions of dollars in endorsements, would have trouble finding motivation to train.And you’re right.

In this fascinating piece on 60 Minutes, Anderson Cooper spent some time with Phelps, where the swimming champion admits he hit rock bottom and often wants to quit.

But somehow he found his second (third?) wind, and is now gearing for London.

On the next few pages we will take a look at the life of Michael Phelps and how he is getting ready for what will likely be his last major competition.

Digging the socks

A typical day for Phelps begins at 6:20 in the morning, even on Saturdays, with Cooper saying he hasn't been this committed since the last Olympics

However, with the Olympics close, Phelps says he is actually having fun and is finally swimming well again

His new training has placed a stronger emphasis on weight training

Phelps says he never takes his medals out, and isn't even sure where one of his Athens medals is currently located

And he keeps his Beijing medals in a makeup case

Wrapped in an old t-shirt

Which is pretty amazing for an athlete that has made over $40 million in his career

From endorsements such as Phelps' new swimming video game

One of the focuses of Phelps' post-swimming career is teaching urban kids to swim

But his mum wants him to compete in the Rio Olympics in 2016

But Phelps looks so happy when he starts talking about retirement, that we would be surprised if that happened

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