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Ryan Lochte "Guarantees" Michael Phelps Will Be Back In 2020

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Michael Phelps has said this will probably be his last Olympics. The 31-year-old swimmer said Thursday night that this is how he wants to go out. Will Phelps actually retire for good, though? Ryan Lochte doesn't think so.

Michael Phelps will be back for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, according to Ryan Lochte.

Lochte will go so far as to "guarantee" it, in fact.

He made the guarantee this morning on NBC's TODAY show.

"I guarantee he will be there,'' Lochte said on NBC’s TODAY show this morning. "I think so. I really think so. So Michael, I'll see you in Tokyo."

Phelps' mother, Debbie, also made an appearance on the show. She did not make any guarantees but said she'd love to see her son keep competing.

“That would be wonderful,” Debbie Phelps said later in the broadcast. “I already have the race picked out.”

Phelps has been competing at the Olympics since the Sydney Games in 2000 when he was 15 years old. He did not medal in those Olympics. Phelps has, of course, medaled in plenty of Olympics since. The Maryland native now has 26 Olympic medals - 22 golds, two silvers and two bronzes.

His Rio Olympics aren't over, either.

Phelps is set to compete in the 100m butterfly and the 4x100 medley relay.

Lochte, meanwhile, had also previously said that he would be retiring after this Olympics. He appears to have changed his mind, though. After finishing fifth in last night's 200m IM, Lochte said he might too be back in Tokyo.

"Maybe," he said about his potential return on the TODAY show this morning.

The Olympics continue today on NBC.