Michael Phelps, the American swimmer who, with 22 Olympic medals (18 of them gold), is considered the most decorated Olympian in history, has made a pledge not to drink any alcohol until the end of the 2016 games in Rio de Janeiro.
Phelps has been arrested twice for drinking under the influence, and received a six-month ban from competition by USA Swimming for the most recent incident. The punishment led Phelps to undergo inpatient treatment at a rehabilitation facility, and to enroll in Alcoholics Anonymous.
“Before I even went to court, I said to myself that I'm not going to drink until after Rio — if I ever drink again,” Phelps told The Associated Press.
“That was a decision I made for myself. I'm being honest with myself. Going into 2008 and 2012, I didn't do that. I didn't say I was going to take a year off from drinking and not have a drink… If I’m going to come back, I need to do this the right way.”
Although Phelps conceded that there are “days I'm sitting on the golf course or sitting on my roof and would like to have a beer,” he told the AP, “I have a year left in my career. If I really want it bad enough, I will make that sacrifice.”