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Michael Phelps: Most Successful Olympian Ever

Updated on December 3, 2012

Phelps Olympic Gold


Michael Phelps won his 11th gold medal on Wednesday (his 5th in Beijing) and became the most successful Olypian ever. "When I think about it I keep tearing up. I almost don't know what to say," expresses Michael Phelps when asked how he feels about winning 11 gold medals.

As if that is not enough, each of the five medals Phelps has won in Beijing have broken world records. Phelps could break another record if he wins eight or more golds in a single Olympics games.

Overall, Michael Phelps is likely to swim 17 times in Beijing.

He still needs to complete the 200IM at 10:48am Friday, 100 Butterfly 10:10am Saturday, and the 4x100 Medley Relay at 10:58am Sunday (Beijing times).

Michael Phelps

Personal Data

  • Birthdate: 6/30/85
  • Birthplace: Baltimore, MD
  • Height: 6'4"
  • Weight: 195lbs
  • Hair Color: Brown
  • Eye Color: Brown
  • College: University of Michigan
  • Pet: English Bulldog, Herman

Career Highlights

  • 2007 FINA World Championships, Australia - 7 gold medals, 5 world records
  • 20 time World Record Holder
  • 17 time Wold Champion
  • Holds multiple Olympic Records
  • Six time gold medalist at 2006 US Nationals
  • Three time gold medalist at the 2005 US Nationals
  • 6 gold medals and 2 bronze medals at 2004 Summer Olympics
  • Youngest (15) Male World Record Holder in Modern History

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