Now retired, Phelps planning to take it eas-zzz

Posted: August 07, 2012

NOW THAT 27-year-old Michael Phelps is retired he's going to have to reacquaint himself with an old friend — sleep.

On Saturday, Phelps swam the final competitive race of his career, winning a gold medal in the 4 x 100-meter medley. He leaves the sport with an Olympic record 22 medals overall, 18 of them gold.

On Sunday, the first day he could sleep-in in years, he was up at 6 a.m.

"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 said he doesn't have any immediate plans. But there are sure to be plenty of endorsement deals. And NBC, which has the rights to the Olympics through 2020, has said it will offer Phelps a job as an analyst.

As for swimming?

"If I go swimming anyplace, it will probably be in the ocean," Phelps said. "I will actually enjoy getting in the water at the beach. I've been on a couple of vacations before, but I never wanted to get around water because I spent so much time in the water. Hopefully, I can jump in now and actually enjoy it, just splashing around with my friends."

Ross a proud hubby

Jaguars cornerback Aaron Ross was a cheerleader on Sunday.

Ross was in London rooting for his wife Sanya Richards-Ross, who won a gold medal in the 400 meters.

After the race, Ross' wife said she was grateful her husband was able to be there in person.

"My hubby is my best friend, my greatest supporter," she said. "The fact that he's here tonight away from Jacksonville, where he should be . . . meant so much to me."

Doc drinks in action

Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers is enjoying his Olympic experience in London. On Sunday, he watched Usain Bolt win the men's 100. He's also seen Michael Phelps swim, and watched some other events. But his favorite Olympic sport is beach volleyball.

"It's hilarious," Rivers said. "It's a bar and an event at the same time. It's the most fun thing, by far." n

Contact Tom Mahon at mahont@phillynews.com.

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