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Michael Phelps primed for rousing finish before retirement

At an age when most people are just settling into the workforce, Michael Phelps is thinking about retirement.

The 14-time Olympic gold medalist still has a few important events to train for, most notably the world championships in July and, of course, the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

After that, Phelps will almost certainly put his swim suit in a drawer, toss aside his goggles and look for something else to do.

Phelps will be 27 when the 2012 Olympics end. That would amount to 20 years of swimming, which he says is “a long time to be staring at the black line” at the bottom of the pool.

Phelps intends to finish his career with a splash. He hopes to swim in seven events at the world championships and perhaps that many at the next Olympics.