Ryan Lochte Plans To Beat Michael Phelps

Michael Phelps is putting his foot down. Nobody is going to tell him what to do or where to be any longer... as soon as the 2012 Olympics are over, that is.

Michael PhelpsMichael Phelps' plans after the 2012 Olympics involve a whole lot of doing whatever the heck he wants. Looking forward to the day he'll finally be done training to compete against the world's greatest swimmers, the 27-year-old will finally get to be the boss of himself.

"I'm excited to relax! Not have to answer to anyone. Not have someone tell me where to go, when to go, what to do…" Michael Phelps told Us Weekly on Thursday of his post-Olympics plans.

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Up first on the list of to-dos? Risk those precious limbs in a few other sports!

"This winter I want to try and snowboard and ski... I've never done that because I couldn't get hurt," the 14-time Olympic gold medalist said. "I knew if I got hurt it wouldn't be good."

The 2012 Olympics, which will begin with opening ceremony festivities on Friday, mark the last games Michael Phelps plans to compete in.

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"Once I hang my suit up I want to be able to look back and say I've done everything I can in my career -- whether that's having 50 gold medals or having 16 total medals," the swimmer shared. "If I can say I've done everything I've wanted, I think that's really all that matters."

One of the many set on dashing his dreams? Fellow swimmer Ryan Lochte.

"I'm not going for silver or bronze. I'm going for the gold," said the competitor named most likely to beat Michael Phelps. Asked during an interview with Matt Lauer to write his own newspaper headline Lochte replied boldly, "Ryan Lochte takes over."

"For me, swimming is everything," the 27-year-old Floridian has said. "I could be having the worst day, but once I step foot in that pool everything just disappears. And I'm a very competitive athlete. I just love racing; I think that's what keeps me going day to day in practice and going to swim meets."

Who are you rooting for to win gold in London: Ryan Lochte or Michael Phelps?

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Comments on "Michael Phelps will answer to no one post-Olympics"

Dana McNair August 01, 2012 | 10:24 AM

I am rooting for Michael Phelps to win the gold all the way. I just think he's an incredible swimmer because having won 8 gold medals in 2008 at the olympics in Beijing and now being the top olympian to win the most medals. Unbelieveable!!! Keep up the good work and good luck throughout the rest of the olympics in London Michael. Much love to you!

Christleen July 30, 2012 | 6:00 AM

I am a big fan of Micheal Phelps and love to see him win a few more medals and at least one more gold medal in this 2012 Olympic. I wish him all the best and a bright futurn ahead, but most of all I wish for him to be rich financially through commericals endorsements. He desserted because he work so hard training since he was a child and won so many medals. Love you Micheal Phelps you're the best, the greatest, and the most exciting competitor to watch in this sport. May God be with you in your new adventures and career ahead. Best wishes to you, Micheal!!

Emma July 27, 2012 | 10:47 AM

I love both of these guys. They are both incredibly talented athletes and have a great sense of competition. I am Team USA so I would love to see either athlete win, I think it would be great to see Michael Phelps go out on top, but he already is!

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