Phelps joins Yao Ming and Kaka as Special Olympics envoy

U.S. swimmer Michael Phelps, center, holds the certification for him as Special Olympics Global Ambassador during a news conference of Special Olympics in Shanghai, China, Monday, Aug. 1, 2011 (AFP Photo / Getty Images)
The Aquatics World Championships may be over but there's no time to rest for its quadruple medalist Michael Phelps, as the greatest-ever Olympian has been named a Global Ambassador for the Special Olympics.

These are the Games for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, which are also held on a four-year basis.

The next Special Olympics, the 2013 Winter Games, will be staged in the South Korean city of Pyeongchang, which is also set to host the 2018 Winter Olympics proper.

Fourteen-time Olympic gold medalist Phelps is joining the likes of retired basketball star Yao Ming and Real Madrid striker Kaka in a bid to raise awareness of the Special Olympics, while hoping to shine once again at the London Games next year…

“I haven’t really felt the way I have in the water. I think, being able to get that back for the last six-eight months is going to play a huge factor in my performance next year,” he says.

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