Michael Phelps: Beneath the Surface by Michael PhelpsEight medals, including six gold and two bronze. Michael Phelps used the Olympic Games in Athens as his breakout event. Already known in the swimming world for the summer of 2003 when he set seven world records in 41 days, Michaels record-tying medal haul made him a mainstream name. Hes well on his way to his ambitious goal of changing the sport of swimming, but despite Michaels pre-eminence in the pool, his story is not a swimming diary but a take of adversities overcome and redemption through persistence.
Michael Phelps By the Numbers
Michael Fred Phelps born June 30, is a retired American swimmer who holds the record for the most Olympics medals won by any athlete at 28, including 23 gold medals and 13 individual golds. Phelps competed in his first Olympics at the age of 15, as part of the U. He was the first American male swimmer to earn a spot on five Olympic teams and also made history as the oldest individual gold medalist in Olympic swimming history at the age of Michael Phelps has accumulated a total of 28 medals at the Olympic Summer Games in Athens, Beijing, London and Rio — 23 gold, three silver and two bronze — setting the record for the most medal wins by any Olympic athlete. At the Olympic Games, he won one silver and five gold medals, becoming the oldest individual gold medalist in Olympic swimming history, as well as the first swimmer to win four consecutive golds in the same event, the meter individual medley. Phelps has set 39 world records, the most of all time.
News: Sports-Reference. He has surpassed the records of [Mark Spitz] and [Johnny Weissmuller] and is considered the greatest swimmer ever. Phelps swims several strokes, including butterfly and freestyle, but his best events are the individual medleys. Phelps did not manage that but did win six gold medals four individual and two bronze medals. He followed this with a dominating performance at the World Championships at which he won five gold medals and a silver medal. He had also won five World Championship gold medals at the meet. Phelps not only did not stop competing but pushed his records even further.
Who Is Michael Phelps?
He has actually competed at five Olympics; however, he did not medal at his first Games in Sydney, Australia. At years-old, Phelps retired from swimming as the greatest of all-time. His retirement came just days after finishing his fifth Olympics with five golds and a silver medal. While following in the wake of his two older sisters, Whitney and Hilary, a young Phelps was initially fearful of putting his face in the water. However, he overcame this discomfort and, in , was inspired by the performances of Tom Malchow and Tom Dolan during the Olympic Games in Atlanta, Georgia. Shortly thereafter, he joined the North Baltimore Athletic Club, where he met Bob Bowman, the coach who would see him through the highs and lows of the rest of his career.