Phelps enjoying ride as he leaves Beijing for London handoff

Updated: August 20, 2008, 4:20 PM ET
Associated Press

BEIJING -- Michael Phelps jetted off from his Olympics of a lifetime on Wednesday night, zooming into a future that includes newfound celebrity status, oodles of money and a possible redo four years from now at the London Games.

The swimmer who won a historic eight gold medals and set seven world records in Beijing was departing on an overnight flight to London, where he'll help in the handover of the Summer Games from China to the 2012 host city during Sunday's closing ceremonies. Then ...

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