Michael Phelps: Greatest Olympian Ever

August 13th, 2008 // 12 Comments

The 6’4″ swimming phenom known as Michael Phelps stepped onto the podium yesterday to accept his 10th and 11th career gold medals, making him the most medaled Olympic athlete of all time. 23-year-old Phelps won his 10th gold for the 200-meter butterfly and his 4×200 meter relay team easily took the event. The National Aquatics Center has declared that this accomplishment has made Michael Phelps “aruably the greatest Olympian of all time.”

Despite winning the gold for his individual event, the 200-meter butterfly, Phelps was disappointed with his world record time because he had been hoping for a better time. He said of his swim, “It just kept getting worse and worse through the race.” (My bad–Michael was talking about his goggles filling up with water.)
 
However, any frustration Michael might have felt was gone by the time he stepped up to the podium to accept his gold medal along with his relay time. “On the podium, I kept tearing [up] at it. I’m almost at a loss for words….It’s the best thing having four American guys … swim all well together.”

Click any photo to view all 30 photos of Michael Phelps in the gallery!


The 6’4″ swimming phenom known as Michael Phelps stepped onto the podium yesterday to accept his 10th and 11th career gold medals, making him the most medaled
Olympic athlete of all time. 23-year-old Phelps won his 10th gold for
the 200-meter butterfly and his 4×200 meter relay team easily took the
event. The National Aquatics Center has declared that this
accomplishment has made Michael Phelps “aruably the greatest Olympian
of all time.”

Despite winning the gold for his individual event, the 200-meter
butterfly, Phelps was disappointed with his world record time because
he had been hoping for a better time. He said of his swim, “It just
kept getting worse and worse through the race.” (My bad–Michael was talking about his goggles filling up with water.)
 
However, any frustration Michael might have felt was gone by the time
he stepped up to the podium to accept his gold medal along with his
relay time. “On the podium, I kept tearing [up] at it. I’m almost at a
loss for words….It’s the best thing having four American guys …
swim all well together.”Check out all 30 photos of Michael Phelps in the gallery!

By Lisa Timmons
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  1. Christie

    He didn’t say that about his swim… His goggles unsealed when he dove in, and he said the water filling up his goggles “kept getting worse and worse through the race.” He was disappointed in his time and frustrated that he couldn’t do his best because he couldn’t see.

  2. Zekers

    Congrats to Michael, what an accomplishment!!

    Whats with the word salad @ 10:17AM?

  3. Juice

    Actually, I don’t think he’s won the most medals yet … although he has won the most GOLD medals. I think that Soviet gymnast still has more Olympic medals overall.

  4. Sarah

    we don’t recognize the soviet union

  5. Sarah

    we don’t recognize the soviet union

  6. jennypenny

    that boy is FINE. Perhaps Jen should cougar on over to some of that tight ab action?

  7. Kel Bel

    everytime he wins and they play the national anthem, he cups his pec more that he puts his hand over his heart. what up with that?

  8. ffifth_miracle

    Is he Superman or something?? Can he leap buildings at a single bound? All I can say is, Steriods Much??>>>You heard it here first.

  9. marlee

    He had water leak in his goggles again last night! He still is doing a GREAT job!!! :-)

  10. Crisset

    They look like the “gay team” LOL

  11. seo

    SEO????????????

  12. Me

    I know this is old…but I found it.

    So here are my thoughts for the next person that happens to stumble on this blog.

    Michael Phelps is not the greatest Olympian ever. Simply because he has the opportunity to win more medals then others in multiple swimming races. This is the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard. The whole idea that someone can be the greatest Olympian when they have more of an opportunity then another is absurd.

    @Sarah “We don’t recognize the Soviet Union” Why? because they were better then us? Spoken just like the ignorant smug American that makes me ashamed to call myself an American. The cold war is over Sarah, pick up a book.

    I’m American and I’m for China, why? Because they best us every Olympics, and they’re ALL CHINESE!!! and the Soviet Union/Russia are all Russians!!! Unlike America, who steals its athletes from other countries. I have way more respect for countries that use there own people to compete.

    I like the guy, but I am a logical person…

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