Category: Society / March 11, 2013 3:43 PM EDT
U.S. swimmer Michael Phelps splashed it up with some excited kids Monday (March 11) in Rio de Janeiro's largest urbanized slum neighborhood, the Rocinha favela.
Phelps, who retired from swimming as the most decorated Olympian of all time after winning a record 22 medals including 18 gold. But the high profile event did not keep the retired swimmer out of the pool as Phelps led a swim lesson at the Sports Complex.
The record holding swimmer said that a young age he dreamt of breaking new ground as a swimmer and that sports center’s like this one can help kids do the same one day.
"I didn't give up until I accomplished that. You know it's, being able to come, you know these kids have the opportunity to come to these centers and interact with other children and have fun and put smiles and their faces and I think that is something that is very important. That everybody has a goal that they want to accomplish, and they should go for it,"