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Michael Phelps says life after swimming is weird

12:23 PM, Aug 5, 2012   |    comments
Swimmer Michael Phelps speaks during a press conference at the London Games.
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By Erik Brady, USA TODAY

LONDON - Michael Phelps woke up Sunday morning a retired man at 27. So how did he feel on the first day of the rest of his life?

"I think I've been kind of confused and out there all day," Phelps told USA Today Sports. "Don't know what to do. I don't know. It's weird not having swimming anymore."

Saturday's gold in the 4 x 100-meter medley relay was the end of his otherworldly 22-medal career, not that everyone believes he's really done. He noticed Dara Torres sent out a tweet asking if anyone wanted to bet her on whether Phelps would stay retired.

"Yes, I would love to" take that bet, Phelps said. Here's why: "The 6 a.m. wake-up calls and jumping in that cold pool and gone and out the door. Time to turn the page and go do something else."

That means travel and golf and he's not sure what else.

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