Rio 2016 has been the ideal platform for Michael Phelps to increase his greatness. And he is just getting started. He already earned gold in Men´s 4x200m freestyle relay plus another in the 200-m butterfly. He is now the most decorated Olympic swimmer of all time. In fact he is the most decorated Olympian.
The 31-year-old from Baltimore, Maryland, had announced his retirement after London 2012 after 19 gold medals. But when he was 30, he started training again as he was planning a comeback for Rio 2016.
Phelps has been a member of the USA Swimming Olympic Team for 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, and 2016. Now, at age 31, Phelps has a history of many records and awards. All of these combined make him a true legend.
- He holds the record for the most Olympic gold medals - 21. This is more than twice the number of medals of the second places.
- He is also has the most gold medals for individual events -12.
- The most gold medals at a single games, with 8 in Beijing 2008
- With 39, Phelps has set more records than any other swimmer.
- He also holds seven world records, some of them broken by himself.
- In London 2012, Michael Phelps won four golds and two silvers, making him the only athlete to be the most successful in three consecutive Games.
Phelps started the Michael Phelps Foundation after the 2008 Olympics. The purpose of the foundation is to promote the practice of swimming and a healthier lifestyle.
With a total of 25 medals, Phelps still has more races to add to his impressive record. After winning his 21st gold medal he said, "That's a lot of medals. It's just insane."