Michael Phelps is one of the most decorated athletes of all-time, with an all-time best 18 Olympic Gold Medals to along with a laundry list of world records and other accomplishments. Phelps is also human, which makes him susceptible to struggle, something he knows intimately. In a very candid story from Sports Illustrated, Phelps opens up about his struggles to control his drinking, his post-Olympic DUIs, and his transformative time in rehabilitation. “I was in a really dark place,” Phelps says. “Not wanting to be alive anymore.” Now, he’s training harder — and smarter — than ever, taking care of his body and his mind in preparation for his final quest: the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.
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