USA swimmer, Ryan Lochte, waves to the crowd after winning the Gold Medal in the Men’s Individual Medley Final in the London Olympics. Ryan easily defeated Michael Phelps who earned a fourth place in the event.
The most decorated Olympian of all time with 19 medals. Phelps also holds the all-time records for gold medals (15) and gold medals in individual events (9). 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 has won two silver medals and one gold through July 31. Phelps is the long course world record holder in the 100 meters butterfly 200 meters butterfly and 400 meters individual medley as well as the former long course world record holder in the 200 meters freestyle and 200 meters individual medley. He has won a total of sixty-six medals in major international competition fifty-four gold nine silver and three bronze spanning the Olympics the World and the Pan Pacific Championships. Phelps’s international titles and record-breaking performances have earned him the World Swimmer of the Year Award six times and American Swimmer of the Year Award eight times. His unprecedented Olympic success in 2008 earned Phelps Sports Illustrated magazine’s Sportsman of the Year award. The same magazine said that he is universally recognized as the greatest swimmer in history Michael Phelps all time Olympic Medal Winner.
Michael Phelps ecstatically congratulates Jason Lezak, the anchor of the men’s relay swimming team, who pulled out a come from behind victory and gold medal in the men’s 4×100 freestyle relay. The USA relay team posted a world record 3:08:24 time, and contributed another gold medal to Michael Phelps quest for eight gold medals.
In front of a giant crowd at the ’92 Barcelona Olympics, Gao Min of China spins during a dive making her hair stand on end. She won a gold medal in the finals of the women’s 3-meter springboard competition.