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The story of Michael Phelps, a fan in Kansas and a Facebook post

The story of Michael Phelps, a fan in Kansas and a Facebook post

On the afternoon of Aug. 16, Austin Levingston logged into Facebook and visited Michael Phelps' official page. He wanted to pay his respects. Days earlier, Phelps had capped his Olympic career with his 23rd gold medal. He had gone to Rio de Janeiro and won another race. It was, he said, the last of his competitive career.

Phelps wrote on his Facebook page days after that 4x100-meter medley relay that it was an "honor" to compete for the United States. Hours later, he posted again. He would be on the cover of Sports Illustrated with fellow Olympians Katie Ledecky and Simone Biles, and that, too, was an "honor." Over 400,000 people liked it. More than 3,000...

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