Michael Fred Phelps

Michael Fred Phelps is an American swimmer and 14-time Olympics gold medalist (the most by any Olympian), who currently holds seven world records in swimming.

 

Phelps holds the record for the most gold medals won at a single Olympics; a total of eight, surpassing Mark Spitz, also a swimmer. Overall, Phelps has won 16 Olympics medals: six gold and two bronze at Athens in 2004, and eight gold at the 2008 summer Olympics in Beijing. In winning these medals, he has twice equaled Soviet gymnast Alexander’s record of eight medals (of any type) at a single Olympics; Dityatin garnered eight at the  1980 Summer Olympics, while Phelps won eight medals at both the 2004 summer Olympics and the 2008 Summer Olympics. Out of his eight gold medals from Beijing, five were won in individual events.

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