Michael Phelps

August 13, 2008: American swimmer Michael Phelps wins his 10th and 11th gold medals, giving him the most in Olympic history.

Going into the 2008 Games, Phelps had already won six gold medals and was the overwhelming favorite to dominate in Beijing.

Phelps famously won gold in all eight events he competed in, breaking Mark Spitz' previous record of seven. setting Olympic records in all of the eight events he competed in and world records in all but the 100m Butterfly.

Phelps won his tenth gold medal in the 200m butterfly. Those who had won nine Olympic gold medals included Spitz, Soviet gymnast Larisa Latynina, Finnish runner Paavo Nurmi and U.S. track star Carl Lewis.

The 11th gold came as part of a U.S. relay victory.

Phelps continued his career at the 2012 London Games, winning four more gold medals and two more slivers, making him the most decorated Olympian of all time.

Despite saying that the 2012 Olympics would be his last, Phelps announced in 2014 that he would come out of retirement and try to compete in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.

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