Apparently Michael Phelps and myself are not all that different. I just read that as a child, he threw a screaming fit about getting his face wet during his first swimming lesson. Me too! Ok, so that about ends the similarities… Curse you “Swimmy the Clown”! If it wasn’t for him ruining my swimming career when I was five-years-old, I might have been in the Olympics!

Michael Phelps is now the most decorated Olympic swimmer in history. He won eight gold medals in this year’s 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics, besting Mark Spitz’s 1972 Munich Olympics record of seven.

On his way to the 2008 Olympics, Phelps became one of the most recognizable athletes representing the United States. He won a stunning eight medals (6 gold, 2 bronze) in the 2004 Athens Summer Olympics, rewriting the record books several times.

Here’s a list of his Olympic medals-to-date from Beijing and Athens:

2008 Beijing:

* 400 m Medley Relay Gold (World Record)
* 100 m Butterfly Gold (Olympic Record)
* 200 m Individual Medley Gold (World Record)
* 4×200 m Freestyle Relay Gold (World Record)
* 200 m Butterfly Gold (World Record)
* 200 m Freestyle Gold (World Record)
* 4×100 m Freestyle Relay Gold (World Record)
* 400 m Individual Medley Gold (World Record)

2004 Athens:

* 100 m Butterfly Gold (Olympic Record)
* 200 m Butterfly Gold (Olympic Record)
* 200 m Individual Medley Gold (Olympic Record)
* 400 m Individual Medley Gold (World Record)
* 4 x 100 m Medley Relay Gold
* 4 x 200 m Freestyle Relay Gold (American Record)
* 4 x 100 m Freestyle Relay Bronze
* 200 m Freestyle Bronze (American Record)

Simply Amazing.

Congratulations Michael Phelps, you have made the entire Nation proud! Go USA!

By the way, I still don’t know how to swim…

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