Olympic champion Michael Phelps lends voice to annual Hoffman Hospice fundraiser

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Bakersfield welcomed 28-time Olympic medalist and world champion swimmer Michael Phelps to the stage at the Rabobank Convention Center.

Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time, was the keynote speaker at Hoffman Hospice's Voices of Inspiration dinner Tuesday night.

A sold out crowd was on hand to hear the 31-year-old talk candidly about his struggles with drugs and alcohol and his ultimate comeback.

"For me I like to be able to show and talk about how I put my mind to something people probably thought was not possible, and being able to go through three pretty big front page stories that were massive, not good ones, but I was able to overcome every obstacle that was in my way, and it was just because the power of my mind," Phelps said.

Phelps said he has no plans to come out of retirement.

He said he has some lofty personal goals, and will continue work on his foundation which helps inspire kids to be more active and water safe.


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