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I’ve been blogging several weeks now about how our Cheers on the Visa Facebook page are being heard by the athletes.

Your support has been key to the success of 22-time Olympic medalist and Team Visa swimmer Michael Phelps!

Watch Michael’s heartfelt thank you to his fans.

As you may already know, Michael swam his last race. I can only imagine the emotions and thoughts that were racing through his mind as he took the stance and dove into the pool.

Visa asked him during a recent interview…  find out what was going through 22-time Olympic medalist Michael Phelps’ mind when he dove into the water for his very last race.


As a mother, I have felt mind bursting pride during my son’s soccer games. Imagine being Michael’s mom!

Debbie Phelps talks about how proud she is that Michael has become a role model for aspiring young athletes. She has seen him not only as an athlete, but as a global ambassador as the 2012 Olympic Games.


Training, racing and competing are in his blood with the ultimate goal of heading for the Olympics. Although Michael won’t be competing at Rio 2016, find out what he plans to do instead of competing.




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  1. Lisa Brown says

    I was touched how Micheal helps others as a mentor.

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  3. Laura Royal says

    Him talking about the last race is very touching

  4. Colleen Fuller says

    Awe! Go Michael Phelps!

  5. debbie jackson says

    His discussion of the last race

  6. Jennifer says

    I love the bond between mother and son! She is his biggest fan!

  7. jodi lasher says

    Talking about the last race is so touching. He truly is phenomenal.. Thanks

  8. Constance Zimmer says

    I am touched (THRILLED) actually that he serves as such a positive role model for our youth!!!! He is a breath of fresh air, and his mother has every reason to be proud!

  9. anna says

    i love how genuine the athletes are

  10. tina m says

    him talking about his last race

  11. Brandy says

    I loved listening to his mom talk about how proud she is and talking about him as a mentor, not only as her son and an ambassador for the US. She cries, too. 🙂

  12. Emily says

    Hat they will be in the stands together enjoying the games in Rio.

  13. Rachel H. says

    His last race… wow, so touching!

  14. Cynthia R says

    i was really touched that he thanked his fans for their support, it was our pleasure and he gave us so much to be proud of these last few olympics.

  15. Jennifer Reda says

    i liked debbie phelps’ video about how michael had inspired other young athletes

  16. Melissa H. says

    I was touched by the emotion shown by Michael in both of his videos!

  17. Stacy Darby says

    his 100 butterfly race, him realizing it was his last race. so touching

  18. I love how he actually thanked the fans for supporting him.

  19. Tara Liebing says

    The video with Michael Phelps takiong about his las rae was emotional because he put so much hard work to get to this point it was very touching

  20. Kristie Betts says

    genuine the athletes are

  21. Courtnie says

    His talk about his last race.

  22. Claire says

    I like how michael is a mentor

  23. Amy Z says

    I was touched by how even though he wasn’t feeling well, he pushed through it and didn’t let negativity sink in. Instead, he synced up!

  24. Margaret Smith says

    It’s very touching how much he appreciates his fans
    Thanks so much.

  25. Pamela Halligan says

    I was touched that Michael Phelps plansvto go to Rio and watch the games with his mom.

  26. Andrea D. says

    I am excited to see what he will do next but touched by how hard it is for him to stop.

  27. amy marantino says

    i liked the part where he spoke of his last race

  28. samyra says

    i’m glad that he’s cleaned up his image

  29. Melissa Hartley says

    Michael’s discussion about his last butterfly race was really cool .. his emotions during the race were
    both sad & happy .. he seems like such a grateful, down-to-earth, & caring man overall.

  30. cw says

    I love that he is going to be in the stands with his mom in rio

  31. Kiara says

    Him talking about his last race.

  32. how much she loves her son and roots for him.

  33. Shannon Morris says

    Talking about his final race

  34. Stephanie Hungerford says

    I love how Micheal helps others and is so sentimental about how important his success is to others and not just to himeself.

  35. Amanda Alvarado says

    I’m touched that he wants to be in the stands in Rio watching with his Mom in 2016!

  36. Karen F says

    I love the way his mom talks about him

  37. D Schmidt says

    I was touched by what a nice and rather humble person Michael Phelps seems to be.

  38. Jessie C. says

    He talked about his last race and help other needed people.

  39. Carly says

    I like that Michael Phelps mentors other athletes.

  40. Rita M says

    In talking about his last race Michael seems to have a genuine affection for his fans… very touching.

  41. Alan Tong says

    I’m very happy for Michael and his mom. It’s great news that Michael will be giving back to the community as a goodwill ambassador.

  42. I love that Michael is taking his mother to Rio to watch the games together.

  43. Jessica Cote says

    talking about the last race

  44. Sarah L says

    Thanking his fans.
    Thanks for the contest.

  45. Michelle H. says

    I think its wonderful that Michael thanks his fans and thinks so much of everyone cheering him on.

  46. Kerry G. says

    Him talking about his last race was very touching

  47. Debra L. Guillen says

    talking about his last race was moving

  48. Sarah S says

    His comments about his last race were very heartfelt.

  49. LOIS PAYTON says

    he is a great guy, GOD BLESS AND KEEP ALL OF THEM SAFE

  50. VJ M. says

    I liked how she was getting a little emotional when she called him a World Ambassador. That was touching to me.

  51. DeeAnn S says

    I like his mother talking about Michael being a mentor to others. Thanks.

  52. Cynthia C says

    I was touched by the way he talked about his last race.

  53. Kylie C says

    It’s not too surprising that he won’t be competing in 2016 since swimming is such a physically demanding sport on the Olympic level but it’s touching that he’s going to take his mom to watch!

  54. Diana Stanhope says

    I think the bond between him and his mother is most touching.

  55. Jill H says

    I love the bond between he and his mother. I am a single mother and my son and I have a special bond too. This touches my heart.

  56. Christine says

    him talking about his last race

  57. I was surprised to hear his mom say that Michael said they’d be at Rio in 2016. I thought these were his last Olympics. So, we’ll see. 🙂

  58. Adrienne gordon says

    his relationship with his Mom

  59. I was touched by her love for her son.

  60. Lisa F. says

    Cool that Phelps is there to help others in the “ready room”.

  61. Kim Henrichs says

    I love that he’s taking his mom to Rio. He’s such a great ambassador for the sport, and a good SON! 🙂

  62. He likes to see poster and videos from the fans

  63. Alicia Ponce says

    Hearing about his last race was awesome

  64. Ruth Reynolds says

    he kept going after all these years

  65. I love that she is so proud of what he is doing in all of the videos. She wants to be involved and is also proud of him being an ambassador. It must be wonderful to see such accomplishments.

  66. Fawn H says

    I liked hearing him talking about his last race and him thanking his fans

  67. A mother’s love stood out to me.

  68. Allison Downes says

    I learned that he didn’t feel good when he dove in for the last race!

  69. Sarah B says

    I liked it that he and his mom will be together in the stands in Rio, how sweet!

  70. Jacob LaFountaine says

    Mother seems a bit focused on herself

  71. Stephanie says

    how he talked about his last race

  72. shannon oelrich says

    She is such a supportive mother

  73. shannon oelrich says

    She is such a supportive mother and his biggest fan

  74. susan varney says

    phelps will be going to rio but not competing i thought he might still do relays to pad his gold medal count

  75. Audra Weathers says

    It surprised me to learn that on his last race he didn’t feel great about that first lap. The way he was swimming you would have never guessed.

  76. Ariel Henry says

    I was touched when he was talking about his last race.

  77. Jaime Nicole says

    I love when he talks about his last race, and when his mother tears up a bit. I feel the same way when I watch my daughter compete in equestrian events. She’s only 11, but I can only imagine how proud I would be if she made it to the Olympics.

  78. Heather Augenstein says

    I love Michael Phelps! He is an inspiration for everyone. I did not realize that this was the last time. It is really sad!

  79. Wendy Kroy says

    His mom is a great support for him!

  80. Kendal Barriere says

    that Michael didn’t want to lose his last race…not for himself…but for his teammate.

  81. Jessica P. says

    That he’s so touched by his fans support.

  82. Ellen Levickis says

    his thoughts about the last race

  83. Sarah L says

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  84. Seyma Shabbir says

    His mother talking about how he helps others the last part how she “holds him to that”

  85. robyn paris says

    i like how micheal phelps helps others

  86. Erin Collins says

    How emotional he was about his last race.

  87. amy v says

    i like his talk about the last race

  88. kelly nicholson says

    Tell me what part of the videos above touched your or surprised you the most in the comments section (below) on the blog.

    she loves her son..

  89. Great site…I bookmarked it and will return often….

  90. clenna says

    I am surprised how close the mother and Michael are. you can tell that they worked as a team to get him to this point.

  91. Kate F. says

    I think it’s nice how much he appreciates his fans and supporters.

  92. Danielle Papsis says

    I really liked the video of Michael Phelps describing how emotional it was after his last olympic race.

  93. Jayne G says

    I liked hearing about Michael’s thoughts during his last race, such as “I’m not losing.”

  94. Tamara says

    I especially enjoyed the part where his mother was talking of Rio 2016. He won’t be competing anymore, but still keeping the Olympic spirit.

  95. Erica Barnes says

    I like how Michael mentors others.

  96. clynsg says

    It was so good to see the fact that he realizes that the support of his fans and especially of his mother is so important to have helped him over the years.

  97. patricia skinner says

    Definately talking about his last race.

  98. Karen A. says

    It’s nice that he wants to be with his mother in the stands at the Rio olympics,

  99. reeva says

    how he shares his gift withothers by being a mentor

  100. Helen Stockwell says

    His goals to help the youth

  101. K.Pugh says

    I am touched by how genuine his appreciation for fan support is.
    Thanks for the chance.

  102. nannypanpan says

    i was surprised michael phelps is going to be in the stands in rio

  103. DLS says

    Everyone in our house cheers for Michael.

  104. Webb W says

    him talking about his last race

  105. all the cheering
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  106. Kim H says

    Talking about the last race.
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  107. Jannie Bryant says

    Sharing with his fans about his emotions during the last race.

  108. amy williams says

    It touched me how proud she is of her son.

  109. Tamar says

    I love how supportive his mother is.

  110. The last race was very emotional. Thankyou, Ken

  111. go team usa. we admire you michael from your friends in old maryland. keep up the good work

  112. I just have so much respect for Michael Phelps! He is one of my favorite athletes! I thought the part where he is talking about his last race really moved me! Also the incredible bond between him and his mother is such an inspiration!

  113. Tiffany Greene says

    That he swam his last race was touching!! Wish you the best in the future Michael!

    Thanks for the opportunity to win!!

  114. Mandie O says

    The dedication and drive!!

  115. Jackie Watson says

    Sharing his last race memories is priceless!

  116. tara c says

    Talking about the last race!!

  117. Erika Silverthorn Nichols says

    How proud his mom is of him.

  118. Cheryl W says

    I like him talking about his last race and how he’s so close with his mother.

  119. Daniel M says

    talking about his last race

  120. Heather S says

    I love how close they both are it is a great bond

  121. Sumer says

    I think Michael talking about his last race was touching.

  122. Sherry S. says

    When he was talking about his last race.

  123. Valerie Taylor Mabrey says

    love how happy his mom is for him
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  124. stony says

    the level of commitment and how humble and genuine he seems

  125. Geoff K says

    I was most touched to hear Debbie’s pride in Michael as a mentor and good will ambassador.

  126. melina r says

    love that mother is so proud of michael

  127. Derek Timm says

    I like how Debbie is so supportive of her son!

  128. Karen says

    I was touched that his mom is his biggest fan. Thanks for the givaway.

  129. Ashley Tucker says

    I was touched by him talking about his last race

  130. amy deeter says

    talking about his last race.

  131. alisa says

    definately michael phelps on his last race!

  132. I felt it was emotional when Michael Phelps said he told himself, I am NOT going to lose my last race.

  133. Carrie Finney says

    Him talking of his last race was very touching.

  134. april yedinak says

    I love the close relationship of Michael and his mom.

  135. ashley says

    Him talking about the last race!

  136. Peggy Rydzewski says


  137. katie says

    His dedication to inspiring young people is admirable!

  138. Susan Smith says

    The bond between Michale and his mother is most touching about the video

  139. Erica C. says

    I liked hearing that his mom had people come up to him and say how much Michael helped their own children.

  140. Jennifer Peaslee says

    I was touched by Michael Phelps’ emotion and his obvious appreciation for his fans!

  141. Annemarie Z. says

    That he wants to be in the stands with his mother in Rio for the 2016 games!

  142. Lynn says

    his last race, but still thinking about 2016 rio games.

  143. Ciara says

    i loved when he talked about the last race

  144. richelle bowers says

    when he talked about his last race

  145. Tanya White says

    I Think When he was talking about the last race that was touching.

  146. Resham says

    Him talking about his last race.

  147. Trisha McKee says

    I love the video about Phelps’s last race.

  148. Denise Donaldson says

    That he didnt feel great about the first lap

  149. r hicks says

    liked the last one how his Mom is standing behind him proudly

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  150. Aimee Fontenot says

    I love how much Michael Phelps cares for his mother and his sport.

  151. I love that he mentors others, very sweet

  152. Angela says

    Talking about his final race

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