Michael Phelps leaves 2012 Olympics as most decorated Olympian of all time
Phelps’ final event was the 4 × 100 meter medley relay last Saturday, August 4, 2012, in which he went on to win his 18th career gold medal and his 22nd overall. By winning 4 gold and 2 silver medals, Phelps concluded the 2012 Olympics as the most successful swimmer of the meet for the third Olympics in a row.
Not only is Phelps the most decorated Olympian in an Olympic year, he has the most medals of any Olympian athlete.
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Once pleading guilty of driving while impaired at age 19 and photos of Phelps using a water pipe surfacing in 2008, many wondered if he could stay on the right path to complete the all-time Olympic medal conquest.
Phelps is the most decorated Olympian of all time with 22 medals. Phelps also holds the all-time records for gold medals (18, double that of the next highest record holders), 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 gold and two silver medals.
He has achieved every swimming goal he has ever had and now will retire from competitive swimming, but can he stay away from his sport like so many superior athletes in their sports like Michael Jordan or Lance Armstrong.
Only time will tell if he can stay away. Phelps does have 4 years to think it over until Brazil 2016, after all.