Michael Fred Phelps II (born June 30, 1985) is a retired American swimmer and the most decorated Olympian of all time, with a total of 22 medals. Phelps also holds the all-time records for Olympic gold medals (18, double the second highest record holders), Olympic gold medals in individual events (11), and Olympic medals in individual events for a male (13). In winning eight gold medals at the 2008 Beijing Games, Phelps took the record for the most first-place finishes at any single Olympic Games. Five of those victories were in individual events, tying the single Games record. In the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Phelps won four golds and two silver medals, making him the most successful athlete of the Games for the third Olympics in a row.
I wouldn't say anything is impossible. I think that everything is possible as long as you put your mind to it and put the work and time into it.
I want to test my maximum and see how much I can do. And I want to change the world of swimming.
Being compared to Ian Thorpe, that could be one of the greatest compliments you could ever get in swimming - being compared to him and Mark Spitz.
|Full Name at Birth||Michael Fred Phelps II|
|Date of Birth||June 30, 1985|
|Height||6' 4" (193 cm)|
|Weight||185 lbs (83.9 kg)|
|Hair Color||Brown - Light|
|High School||Towson High School in 2003|
|University||University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI|
|Claim to Fame||Olympic Swimmer Gold Medalist|