In 2008, at the Beijing Summer Olympics, Michael Phelps broke an Olympic record and became the most decorated gold medalist in history. Phelps won eight gold medals at the Beijing Olympics, resulting in an astonishing 19 gold medals throughout his Olympic career. Phelps is now a swimming legend with a record extremely difficult to beat. http://sports.espn.go.com/oly/summer08/columns/story?id=3539386 (Courtney Petersen)
Michael Phelps wins eight gold medals at the Beijing Olympics (2008) -- Not only can Baltimore claim the greatest baseball player of all time and the greatest quarterback, but Phelps is already the most prolific Olympic swimmer, and he's headed for the London Olympics this summer.
2008 Olympics: Michael Phelps - Inside Story of the Beijing Games
US swimmer Michael Phelps (R) instructs students at a swimming clinic at a school April 10, 2007 in Beijing, China. Phelps and his teammates are on a goodwill trip to Beijing and Shanghai to promote swimming and the 2007 Special Olympics World Summer Games.
American Mark Spitz dominated the pool at the 1972 Games is Munich, winning a record-setting seven Olympic Gold medals. His record would hold for 36 years, until another American swimmer made a splash in Beijing. - Celebuzz
For Jason Lezak and the Americans the story-line couldnâ€™t have been more perfect. That summer in Beijing, on the first night of swimming events at the Water Cube it was shaping up to be an old fashioned battle royale between the sport's biggest heavyweights. The French, led by Alain Bernard, world record in the individual 100m freestyle, had been boasting in the lead up to the Olympics that they would 'smash' the Americans. The lead-off for the United States that night at finals...
Dara Torres - at the age of 41, earned a spot on the United States Olympic Swim Team and won three silver medals at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. She proved her words that “the water doesn’t know your age…[goals] may be hard to achieve, but your dreams can’t stop because you’ve hit a certain age.”
Michael Phelps Photo Finish To Wins 8 Gold Medals (2008) All athletes are idolized by their fans. Everyone wants to hit that game winning basket and be lifted up by swarms of cheering fans. Unfortunately, most kids also realize quickly that they will never be able to be as good as the greats are. So when Michael Phelps broke Mark Spitz's record and won 8 gold medals in the 2008 Beijing Summer Games (the most ever won by a single person in a single Olympics), it was a call for everyone to…
Mark Spitz. Won 7 gold medals in swimming events in the 1972 Olympics in Munich, Germany, breaking the world record in each event. He held the record of most gold medals in a single Olympics until Michael Phelps surpassed him in 2008, Many young women had this poster on their walls.