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Emotional new Under Armour ad serves as Michael Phelps' goodbye to the Olympics

Michael Phelps hits the pool to train for what most say will actually be the swimmer's final performance as an Olympic athlete.
/ Source: TODAY

In a powerful commercial for Under Armour, Michael Phelps hits the pool to train for what most say will be the swimmer's final performance as an Olympian.

The video, which chronicles Phelps's intense training regimen ahead of the Rio games, had both the 30-year-old swimmer and his fiancée Nicole Johnson tearing up when UA founder Kevin Plank unveiled it to them at the company's Baltimore headquarters.

"It's's knowing the sacrifice and being able to see it on the screen is cool. Very cool," said a tearful Nicole after the viewing.

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Phelps added, "I think being able now — just to not be afraid and to understand everything, what I’m doing and to understand that I can't do alone."

"That commercial shows a lot of amazing things about me that probably the world’s never seen."

The video, set to The Kills' "The Last Goodbye," makes us believe that this 22-time Olympic medalist — who came out of retirement in 2014 — may actually call it quits after his fifth visit to the games this August.

Phelps said in December 2015 that he will be “stepping away to be with [his] family” once the 2016 Rio Olympics are over. “This is 100 percent the last one," he said at a 2015 Winter Nationals press conference.

But going into Rio, Phelps said while watching the Under Armour commercial: "The world is going to see the real Michael Phelps, and that’s what I’m excited for."

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