A lot of people spoke about Phelps’ lack of motivation heading into these games. After his first event of these Olympics, where he didn’t medal and fellow American Ryan Lochte won the gold, many wondered if Phelps still had what it took to reach the pinnacle of the sport.
Lochte even questioned Phelps’ dedication prior to the 2012 games as Phelps took some time off to enjoy life and the spoils of winning. He admittedly hates to train, and his coaches have complained in the past that it’s sometimes difficult to get him into the practice pool. But when push comes to shove, Phelps has always shined at the Olympic games.
He quieted any doubters as he won his fourth gold medal, this time in the 100 fly, on Friday night. That marked his third straight games winning gold in the event dating back to the 2004 games in Athens.