Jul 24, 2021 - Sports

4. The post-Phelps Olympics

Illustration of a shadow of Michael Phelps being cast over a swimmer pool

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

For the first time since 2004, the face of Team USA at the Olympics will not be Michael Phelps, who retired from swimming in 2016.

Why it matters: With the most decorated Olympian of all time no longer anchoring coverage and driving attention, a new crop of American stars will emerge in Tokyo.

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