Making it to the Olympics is a big deal in itself. And, here is a guy who has managed to bag the highest number of gold medals in the major sporting event. Yes, Michael Phelps, a swimmer from the United States of America is the proud winner of 28 Olympic Gold Medals. So, he is an athlete who has highest gold medal winnings to date.
Achievement of Michael Phelps
History of the Olympic Games dates back to the Old Greece. It might not be possible to compare the Michael Phelps winnings with the athletes who took part in the event in previous millennia. His record only includes the modern Olympic Games that started in the last decade of the nineteenth century.
Michael Phelps who now owns the titles of Flying Fish and Baltimore Bullet has become an icon in the sports of swimming.
Here are the historic accomplishments of Michael Phelps
- In 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Phelps won eight medals, including six Gold and two silver. In the same event he also tied the record of winning the 8 medals of any color at a single game.
- At 2008 Beijing Games, Phelps won eight Gold Medals.
- In 2012, Summer Olympics in London he won five medals, including four Gold and two silver
- In 2016, Summer Olympics in Rio, he won 6 medals, including five Gold and one Silver.
Michael Phelps is the world champion and record holder in the 100-meter butterfly, 200-meter butterfly, and 400-meter individual medley. He has also remained a world record holder for200 meter individual medley and 200-meter freestyle.
Other Achievements of Michael Phelps
The American swimmer received the title of Sportsman of the Year, by Sports Illustrated in 2008 for his astounding performance in Olympics. But, he holds many other credits for taking part in different championships.
Michael has earned World Swimmer of the Year Award, eight times. He has received the American Swimmer of the Year Award 11 times and FINA Swimmer of the Year Award twice. Michael Phelps announced its retirement in 2016 after the Olympic event of the same day.
Inspirational Quote from Michael Phelps
The world has got an inspirational athlete in the form of Michael Phelps. In his famous quote he says, “If you want to be the best, you have to do things that other people are not willing to do.” So, it is clear from the Phelps’ quote that those who dare to do something different and go against the odds, definitely make for the kind achievers.