Michael Phelps says he's done with competitive swimming, but his peers aren't so sure (Getty Images)
With a dwindling number of medals left to be handed out and the Closing Ceremony just two days away, there's one obvious question many will be asking: What's next for the athletes who have thrilled us the past two weeks with their speed, strength and charisma?
Here's a look at which of the breakout stars of the London Games we can expect back in Rio in 2016 and what they'll be doing during the four years in between.
Gabrielle Douglas hopes to return in 2016 (Getty Images)Gabby Douglas, gymnastics
What she did in London: Won gold in the all-around competition and helped lead the U.S. to a team gold
What's next: Just like the rest of the Fab Five, Douglas won't rule out the possibility of attempting to make the Olympic team in 2016 nor will she commit to it either. Dominique Dawes is the last U.S. gymnast to compete in multiple Olympics in 1996 and 2000. "I'm not going to count that out just yet, because I'm still young and still fresh and my body's still good," the 16-year-old Douglas said. "So, if all goes well, you'll be seeing more of me." In the meantime, we'll definitely be seeing more of Douglas in the coming months. She'll appear on Kellogg's cereal boxes soon, likely the first of many endorsements for one of the London Games most marketable stars.
[ Photos: USA sweetheart Gabby Douglas ]
Michael Phelps, swimming
What he did in London: Added four gold medals to his record haul, leaving him with 22 medals in his Olympic career
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What's next: Michael Phelps says he's done with swimming and he intends to spend more time with his family and new girlfriend and fill his competitive itch by honing his golf game. His competitors? Well, let's just say they aren't convinced his retirement will stick. Ryan Lochte and Dara Torres are two swimmers who have said they think there's a possibility Phelps swims in Rio. Torres went so far as to ask on Twitter whether anyone would care to wager that Phelps doesn't stay retired. One of the replies came from Phelps himself. He took the bet.