Phelps says he’ll immerse himself in fatherhood

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL (AP) - Michael Phelps insists his swimming career is over. He’s got big plans for the next phase of his life, and it starts with being a father to 3-month-old son Boomer.

The most decorated athlete in Olympics history says he is looking forward to having the time to devote to his son after being so tied up with training for the Rio Games.

He said on Sunday that he ditched the athletes village to stay with Boomer and his fiancee, Nicole Johnson, on Saturday night. While other athletes celebrate their victories wildly, Phelps says he spent the night changing diapers. He says he wants to be there for Boomer “every step of the way.”

Phelps says he plans to keep swimming, but only for exercise. Phelps would routinely put on weight after performing in the Olympics, but he says he wants to avoid that in retirement.

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