Michael Phelps turns 32 on Friday, scarcely a year after he won 6 medals in his fifth and final Olympics.
Phelps is a many flashy Olympian of all time, a fact that won’t change anytime soon.
He won a record 28 medals (out of a 30 events he entered) between 2000 and 2016. That’s 10 medals some-more than any other Olympian. Former Soviet gymnast Larisa Latynina is second with 18.
Phelps has 16 some-more Olympic medals than any other U.S. contestant and 16 some-more than any other swimmer.
Twenty-three of Phelps’ medals are gold, unrivalled by any other dual athletes combined. No one else has some-more than a 9 golds any won by a party of Olympic legends: Latynina, Carl Lewis, Mark Spitz and Paavo Nurmi.
Phelps won 7 send golds as partial of a always-strong United States team, though his 16 particular golds are still dual some-more than any other Olympian (Latynina has 14).
His many widespread particular Olympic eventuality was a 200-meter particular medley, that he won 4 true times from 2004 to 2016. He’s a usually swimmer and one of 4 athletes altogether to win a same particular eventuality during 4 Olympics, along with Lewis (long jump), Al Oerter (discus) and Paul Elvstrom (one-person dinghy).
Phelps was by no means a compiler or simply a product of longevity. His rise was also larger and longer than any other swimmer’s, and maybe longer than any other Olympian’s. He is a usually contestant to win 4 bullion medals during an Olympics some-more than once, and he did it 4 true times.
At a 2004 Olympics in Athens, Phelps won 6 golds and dual bronzes to turn a second contestant to win 8 medals during one Olympics, and a initial to do so in a non-boycotted Games (Soviet gymnast Aleksandr Dityatin won 8 in 1980, when a U.S. and other countries boycotted).
Then came his signature Games, a 2008 Olympics in Beijing, when he did something that competence never be topped. Phelps ran a table, winning 8 golds in 8 events. He swept his 5 particular events and 3 relays by swimming 17 races in a nine-day span.
His fulfilment wasn’t though drama, as he won a 100 moth by a hundredth of a second over Milorad Cavic, and he indispensable Jason Lezak to dramatically lane down French freestyle bullion medalist Alain Bernard to win an extraordinary bullion in a 400 giveaway relay.
Those 8 golds in 2008 comment for some-more than one-third of Phelps’ 23 bullion medals, that are some-more than all though 4 countries have in their whole Olympic swimming histories (United States, Australia, East Germany, Hungary).
Happy birthday to a many flashy and maybe biggest Olympian ever.