09:08 AM EDT 03/19/2015
Mark Spitz Cover
Originally posted 08/19/2008 12:55PM
Michael Phelps has already celebrated his record-breaking Olympic performance with his family in Beijing – and now the swimmer is celebrating his historic achievement by gracing the cover of Sports Illustrated, adorned with his eight gold medals.
The athlete has won the most gold medals of any Olympian ever – famously beating out swimmer Mark Spitz's record of seven gold medals at the 1972 Olympics in Munich.
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