A Medley Relay Victory in His Final Race, Phelps Claims 18th Olympic Gold

A Medley Relay Victory in His Final Race, Phelps Claims 18th Olympic Gold

Michael Phelps was honored with a special individual ceremony after concluding his record-breaking career Saturday as the most decorated Olympian. FINA president Julio Maglione presented Phelps with a silver trophy to recognize his achievements.

Phelps pushed the United States in front to win the medley relay Saturday in the final swimming event of the London Games, after which he is retiring. At these games Phelps won four gold medals and two silvers, more medals than any other swimmer.

Last Tuesday, Phelps became the most decorated Olympian of all time when he won a record 19th Olympic medal at the London Games. With help from his American relay teammates, Phelps won his first gold medal in London in the 800-meter freestyle. He followed that achievement with three more gold medal performances this week, as he swam to victories in the 200-meter individual medley, the 100-meter butterfly and the 4×100-meter medley relay.

Read more about the amazing achievements of Michael Phelps in the New York Times here.

Michael Phelps Wins Gold in Final Olympic Race, 4x100m Medley Relay

Michael Phelps Awarded His Final Olympic Medal

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Michael Phelps Wins Olympic Gold in 200m Individual Medley

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Michael Phelps Makes History, Wins Record 19th Olympic Medal

Michael Phelps Makes History, Wins Record 19th Olympic Medal

Four years after he climbed to the top of Olympic achievement at the 2008 Beijing Games, Michael Phelps became the most decorated Olympian of all time when he won a record 19th Olympic medal at the London Games on Tuesday.

With help from his American relay teammates, Phelps won his first gold medal in London in the 800-meter freestyle. His teammates threw their arms around him, as the crowd at London’s Aquatic Centre rose to their feet to witness the coronation of the Olympic king.

The record Phelps broke was held by Soviet gymnast Larisa Latynina, who won the last of her 18 Olympic medal at Tokyo in 1964. Until Phelps arrived at Olympic competition, no one had come close to breaking her record in almost half a century. Now the torch has been passed to the 27-year-old Michael Phelps from Baltimore.

Read more about Phelp’s achievement in the New York Times here.

Michael Phelps earns Record 19th Medal at London’s 2012 Olympics

Michael Phelps’ 19th Medal Ceremony at London’s 2012 Olympics

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Jean-François: The Loneliness of a Championship Swimmer

Jean-François: The Loneliness of a Championship Swimmer

Jean-François is a starkly beautiful and surprisingly moving five-minute animated short film directed by French animators Bruno Mangyoku and Tom Haugomat, which was awarded the Jean Luc Xiberras de la Première Oeuvre Award at Annecy 2010. The film is about a lonely championship swimmer who is trapped by haunting memories of his childhood experiences, and whose stellar present-day athletic achievements only serve to evoke painfully sad memories of childhood failure.

Jean-François: The Loneliness of a Championship Swimmer

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Americans Clinch 4×100-Meter Medley Relay, Phelps Wins Eighth Gold

Americans Clinch 4x100m Medley Relay, Phelps Wins Eighth Gold Medal

A quest that began four years ago after Michael Phelps had won six gold medals in the 2004 Athens Olympics and included 17 swimming performances over nine days at the 2008 Beijing Olympics ended victoriously for Phelps on Sunday. Michael Phelps earned an unprecedented eighth Olympic gold medal of the 2008 Olympics as he swam the butterfly leg of the American team’s world-record win in the 4×100-meter medley relay to close out the swimming competition in Beijing.

Jason Lezak held off Eamon Sullivan of Australia in the final freestyle leg, with the Americans finishing in 3:29.34 seconds. The American men have never lost the medley relay in the history of the Olympics. Australia took the silver medal in 3:30.04 seconds, and Japan won the bronze.

Phelps had tied Mark Spitz with his seventh gold medal the day before in the 100-meter butterfly, winning by the slimmest of margins, .01 of a second over Serbian Milorad Cavic. Phelps set world records in seven of his eight swims, with only the 100-meter butterfly mark not broken. He also won the 400-meter IM, the 200-meter IM and the 200-meter butterfly, breaking his own world mark in each, and led off the 4×200-meter free relay.

Americans Clinch 4x100m Medley, Phelps Wins Eighth Gold

The Olympic 4x100m Medley Gold Medal Ceremony

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Michael Phelps Wins 100m Fly, Seventh Gold on Final Stroke

Michael Phelps Wins 100m Fly, Seventh Gold on Final Stroke

With just five meters left to go in the 100-meter butterfly final on Saturday morning, Michael Phelps realized that he had misjudged the finish. In order to defeat the Serbian Milarad Cavic, who was having perhaps the greatest race of his career, Phelps found himself left with only two choices. He could either glide to the wall as he kicked like crazy, or take an extra, awkward half-stroke.

Most swimmers would have impulsively chosen to glide, but Phelps proved by the slimmest of margins what sets him apart. With Olympic history hanging in the balance, Michael Phelps decided to take one more stroke. His long arms soared above the water, windmilled past his ears and slammed into the wall, while Cavic hit the timing pad in full glide. Both of the swimmers immediately spun around and stared up at the video screen. In the moments that it took for the scoreboard to unscramble the results, one could feel the great tension course through the large crowd of spectators inside Beijing’s National Aquatics Center.

Phelps ended up coming in with a time of 50.58 seconds, his personal best and an Olympic record, winning over Cavic by a whisker, who came in just one-hundredth of a second behind. It was Michael Phelps seventh Gold Medal in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, tying Mark Spitz’s record from the 1972 Munich Games.

Michael Phelps Wins the 100m Butterfly Final

Phelps Receives His Seventh Gold Medal in the 2008 Olympics

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Sexy Olympic Water Sports

Sexy Water Sports at the 2008 Beijing Olympics

David Boudia and Thomas Pinchum: Syncronized Diving Finals

Michael Phelps Wins Gold Medal in 200m Butterfly Relay

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