05:01 AM EDT 12/22/2014
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.
Originally posted 08/14/2008 09:30AM
As the world watches to see if Michael Phelps makes it to eight gold medals in a single Olympiad this weekend, the athlete whose record Phelps hopes to beat – Mark Spitz – is graciously wishing the young American phenomenon well.
"He is the single greatest Olympic athlete of all time now," Spitz, 58, said on Thursday's Today show, speaking from a California studio. "He will probably be the single greatest athlete compared to anybody in any century – the 20th, the 21st century and whatever.
"And, you know, they say you judge a person's character by the company they keep, and I'm glad I'm keeping company with Michael Phelps."
Originally posted 08/16/2004 08:00AM
Michael Phelps's dream to beat Mark Spitz's 1972 record of seven gold medals was laid to rest Sunday when the United States was upset by South Africa in the 400 freestyle relay – but the 19-year-old from Baltimore was back in the pool in Athens Monday, preparing for the Olympic 200-meter butterfly.
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