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Michael Phelps: Most Decorated Olympian in History

UPDATE: Phelps won his 22nd Olympic medal Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012, after he and his teammates won gold in the 4x100m Medley Relay. The win allowed for Phelps to end his Olympic career with 18 gold medals, 2 silver medals and 2 bronze medals as he said he plans to retire after the London games.

UPDATE: Phelps won his 21st Olympic medal Friday, Aug. 3, 2012, after winning the 100-meter butterfly. Current medal count: 17 gold, 2 silver, 2 bronze.

UPDATE: Phelps won his 20th Olympic medal Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, after beating his teammate Ryan Lochte in the men's 200-meter individual medley. Current medal count: 16 gold, 2 silver, 2 bronze.

Michael Phelps is a household name. The dominating swimmer has broken so many records over the past three Olympics that it's hard to believe he could break any more. Tuesday he broke a record that stood for 48 years and was previously held by Larisa Latynina, a gymnast from the Soviet era. Phelps earned his 19th Olympic medal (15 gold, 2 silver, 2 bronze) with a win in the men's 4x200-meter freestyle to become the most decorated Olympian in history. Phelps has three more events he is competing in during the London Olympics to possibly extend that record. Who knows if we will see another superior Olympian in our lifetime.


Michael Phelps, right, and his teammate Garret Weber-Gale celebrate winning the gold in the men's 4x100-meter freestyle relay final in the National Aquatics Center at the Beijing 2008 Olympics in Beijing. The win was Phelps' 10th Olympic medal.


Michael Phelps, of the United States, reacts after winning his first gold medal in the final of the 400 meter individual medley at the Olympic Aquatic Centre during the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Saturday, Aug. 14, 2004. Phelps set a new world record with a 4:08.26.


USA's Michael Phelps, from left, Conor Dwyer, Ryan Lochte and Ricky Berens celebrate their gold medal victory in the men's 4x200-meter freestyle relay, Tuesday, July 31, 2012, during the Summer Olympic Games in London, England. With the win, Phelps became the most decorated Olympian in history. He now has a total 19 Olympic medals (15 gold, 2 silver, 2 bronze) and will compete in three more events during the London Olympics.

To view photos from all of Phelps' medal accomplishments, visit the gallery:
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