>> The greatest Olympian ever giving the world his swan song Saturday. At least, that's what he says. American swimmer Michael Phelps helping the team to gold in the 4 by 100 meter medley relay in Rio. That gives Phelps five gold medals at his fifth Olympics, he bows out with 23 gold medals.
But the lead up to Rio hasn't been an easy journey. A picture of him smoking a bong surfaced in a tabloid in 2009 and then in 2014 he was arrested for drunk driving. He's been to rehab to turn his life around and recently said in an NBC interview quote I took some wrong turns and found myself in the darkest place you could ever imagine.
I still remember the days locked up in my room, not wanting to talk to anybody, not wanting to see anybody, really not wanting to live. Reuters reporter Steve Keating spoke to him late June.>> After London, he felt that he hadn't gone out the way that he wanted.
He said he had to be dragged into the pool, that it was painful for him, that he didn't wanna be there. And he really regretted that, he really wanted to end his career on his terms. He wanted to go out his way and certainly he's done that here.
>> Phelps Saturday's performance is a fairy tale ending to his 16 year Olympic life. Or is it?>> Four more years, four more years, four more years.>> Guys, we're not going four more years, this is it. Tonight is the last time I'll be suiting up and racing at this level.
>> On a Facebook Live with over 60,000 fans just hours before his last race, he insists he's done. But the hashtag FourMoreYears is now taunting him.