USA's Michael Phelps competes in the Men's swimming 4 x 100m Medley Relay Final at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on August 13, 2016. / AFP / Odd Andersen
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Michael Phelps' past and present converged at the Rio Olympics in a last explosion of gold for a swimming icon who showed he is more than just a "medal machine".After amassing 22 medals, 18 of them gold, in four prior campaigns, Phelps delivered an epic ending to his Olympic saga in Rio de Janeiro, powering to five gold medals and one silver in seven days.Rio, according Phelps' coach of 20 years Bob Bowman, was the swimmer's chance to fashion the ending he deserved.Bowman, who first detected the determination he cites as Phelps's greatest asset when he began coaching the 11-year-old swimmer, has lived through some stormy times with Phelps. He watched as Phelps fought through youthful scandals including his first drunk-driving charge at 19 and a tabloid ruckus over a picture of Phelps with a marijuana pipe in 2009 .Their relationship hit rock bottom as London approached, but Bowman said Phelps in Rio is really changed.
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