- Named Sports Illustrated’s 2008 Sportsman of the Year
- One of GQ Magazine’s 2008 Men of the Year
- Only swimmers to win four individual events in one Games (100m, 200m fly; 200m, 400m IM).
Michael Fred Phelps, Nickname: The Baltimore Bullet, is an American swimmer. He has won 14 career Olympic gold medals, the most by any Olympian. As of 2008, he also holds seven world records in swimming.
Phelps holds the record for the most gold medals won at a single Olympics with the eight golds he won at the 2008 Olympic Games. With this record, he surpassed Mark Spitz, who was also a swimmer and had held the previous gold medal total with the seven that he won at the 1972 Munich Olympic Games.
Overall, Phelps has won 16 Olympic medals: six gold and two bronze at Athens in 2004, and eight gold at Beijing in 2008. Phelps won eight medals at both the 2004 Summer Olympics and the 2008 Summer Olympics. Out of his eight gold medals from Beijing, five were won in individual events.
Phelps’s international titles, along with his various world records, have resulted in him being awarded the World Swimmer of the Year Award in 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007 and 2008 and American Swimmer of the Year Award in 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007 and 2008. Phelps has won a total of 48 career medals thus far: 40 gold, six silvers and two bronze. This includes all of the Championships in which he has competed: The Olympics, the World Championships, and the Pan Pacific Championships. In 2008 Phelps won Sports Illustrated magazine “Sportsman of the Year” award.
Six-time Olympic gold medal winning swimmer Michael Phelps is predicted to win up to nine golds in the Beijing Summer Olympics, thus making him the most decorated Olympian of all time. Phelps became the first American to win eight medals in one Olympiad with six gold and two bronze in 2004 and he joined Olympic icon Mark Spitz in 2004 as the only swimmers to win four individual events in one Games (100m, 200m fly; 200m, 400m IM).