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Mark Spitz won seven gold medals at the 1972 Summer Olympics, an achievement only surpassed by Michael Phelps who won eight golds at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.

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Well that was back in 2008, before the Beijing games. Phelps was still only 23 then so he could really eat whatever he wanted. Literally. But for Rio, Phelps has stepped down his calorie intake to more closely resemble that of a human man.

Ryan Lochte Photos: Olympics Day 5 - Swimming

Ryan Lochte - Swimming - Beijing Olympics 2008 ~ Mens 200m Backstroke, 2x200m freestyle & Athens 4x200m freestyle

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August 17 2008 – Michael Phelps surpasses Mark Spitz in Gold Medals won at a single Olympics, winning eight at the Beijing Summer Games.

Superhuman... and then some! Five athletes who symbolise triumph of will over adversity

Determined: Spain's Juan Jose Mendez competes in the Men's Individual C1-2-3 1km Cycling Time Trial final at the Velodrome with just the use of his right arm and right leg

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Paralympic swimmer Ellie Simmonds and other London 2012 'Golden Girls' receive honours at the Palace

Star: Ellie has won four golds in total in the pool at Beijing 2008 and London 2012

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50 Stunning Olympic moments: Mark Spitz - in pictures

This photograph of Spitz adorned with his medals, which was used as the front cover of Sports Illustrated, became one of the most famous Olympic images. When Michael Phelps surpassed Spitz's achievement by winning eight gold medals in the pool in Beijing in 2008, he too posed for a photograph in similar fashion

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American Olympic Gold Medalist Michael Phelps Is Hooked On Words With Friends

Michael Fred Phelps II (born June 30, 1985) is a retired[6] American swimmer and the most decorated Olympian of all time, with a total of 22 medals. Phelps also holds the all-time records for Olympic gold medals (18, double the second highest record holders), Olympic gold medals in individual events (11), and Olympic medals in individual events for a male (13).

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