Michael Phelps finished his Olympic career winning gold in the 200 Meter Individual Medley, his 20th Olympic medal of his career. Although he is retiring with the impressive title of “Most Decorated Olympian of All Time” many feel he could have done better if he didn’t play Call of Duty.

     “I've been playing a lot of Call of Duty lately,” he recently told ThePostGame.com. “I find myself playing like 30 hours a week.” He says his play time was part of his workout regime for the London 2012 Olympics. “I needed to perfect my eye coordination reaction times and hand muscles for my swimming events. The faster I could see if anyone is in front me while one eye is out of the water the faster I could speed up to catch them and my hands won’t cramp.” When asked if this was better than what competitor Ryan Lochte did to train he said, “Of course. Ryan was throwing around 25-pound beer kegs, flipping 400-pound boat chains and dragging 650-pound tires. It was totally unconventional.” Phelps added that the only reason he lost to Lochte in the 400 Meter Individual Medley was because he lagged. “My connection to the water was a lot stronger during the 200 IM so there was no chance of that.”

     Coach Bob Bowman among others said the reason Phelps was not winning as many gold medals in London as he did in Beijing had nothing to do with lag. “He just lost his appetite for 4am training sessions. He would still wake up around that time but instead of diving into the pool he started up Call of Duty and kept playing until I called him down for breakfast. It would take several pleas to get him to come down and many times I would have to bring it up to him because he was so involved in the game. He still trains hard but nowadays he seems more dedicated to perfecting his no-scope than his butterfly technique.”

     “It is fun, and I’m very competitive in everything I do,” Phelps said. He says that “people don’t know it’s mine” but that doesn’t stop him from trying to convince people it’s him. Bob Bowman reported that once when bringing up his breakfast of three Mountain Dews and a bucket of Hot Pockets, Phelps was furiously yelling into the microphone “Do you know who I am?! I’m Michael Phelps! If this was the 200 meter butterfly I would be tea bagging you under water!” The 10 year old on the other end just kept laughing while continuously tea bagging Phelps’s avatar that was lying face down in a puddle.

     Phelps soon discovered another way to get back at his online competitors. “My video game Michael Phelps: Push the Limit was designed for all those kids who were raving about how cool Kinect was while they hit me with a knife from halfway across the map. I was personally involved with the making of the game. I ensured that it was as realistic as possible. This meant including all of the frustration and lags your body feels in the water when you’re not in shape like me.” He calls the game a success despite the score of 48 on Metacritic. “Reviewers just gave it a low score because they are as out of shape like everyone who is not me.”

     Phelps is looking forward to his retirement from sports but vows to keep training. “I will be training every day and honing my skills for the day Black Ops 2 releases. I am finished with the Olympics and now I am setting my sights on Major League Gaming.” This reporter wishes Phelps the best of luck with those endeavors, especially with the Kill to Death Ratio he has in Modern Warfare 3.