The first piece to the puzzle was adding Phelps to the mix.
He’s the first to say that if he wasn’t in a place to step up and throw an amazing leg down, he would be the first to step down.
Phelps said his 47.12 split was the fastest relay split he’d ever swam in his career, and that he’s happy that he’s starting to close out the final Olympics of his career the way he wants, with gold.
It’s fitting that’s the case, Adrian said, considering that's part of the reason Phelps was selected to be the U.S.
Adrian, one of the swim team’s captains, was the representative sent to the flag bearer nomination meeting.