The most decorated Olympian of all time, Michael Phelps won his 22 medals over three Summer Games: Athens in 2004, Beijing in 2008 and London in 2012. Phelps can also claim world records for the most gold medals (18), the most first-place finishes at any single Olympic Games (8), and times in the 100-meter butterfly, 200-meter butterfly and 400-meter individual medley.
He has also been honored with numerous awards. He was the World Swimmer of the Year, FINA Swimmer of the Year, Sports Illustrated’s Sportsman of the Year, and the American Swimmer of the Year seven times over.
Phelps said the 2012 Olympics was his last, and he expects to do more work with his organization, the Michael Phelps Foundation, which he created to grow the sport of swimming and promote healthy and active lives.