Michael Phelps is the greatest swimmer in the history of this Olympic sport. He has earned 22 Olympic medals, 11 of which were gold.
Here are 10 interesting facts about the American swimmer:
Michael Phelps Facts #1:
He was the World Swimmer of the Year for three consecutive years in the first decade of the 21st century. The years were 2003, 2004, and 2006.
Michael Phelps Facts #2:
The immensely talented swimmer has both big feet and a giant wingspan. He wears a size 14 shoe, and his wingspan is 6 feet 7 inches.
Michael Phelps Facts #3:
There is a street named after him in his hometown Towson, Maryland.
Michael Phelps Facts #4:
Another interesting fact is that when he participated at the 2000 Summer Olympics he was the youngest male athlete since the 1932 Olympics. At the time, he was 15-years-old.
Michael Phelps Facts #5:
He has an impressive list of sponsors. His sponsors include Speedo, Omega, AT&T, Powerbar, VISA, and Argent Mortgage.
Michael Phelps Facts #6:
As one would imagine, he has a strong physical exercise regimen and burns off many calories each day. More specifically, he swims for five hours a day and consume approximately 10,000 calories a day.
Michael Phelps Facts #7:
The Olympian commented on the race that he won to break Mark Spitz’s record of seven gold medals. He stated, “When I did chop the last stroke, I thought that had cost me the race. But it was actually the opposite. If I had glided, I would have been way too long. I took short, faster strokes to try to get my hand on the wall. I ended up making the right decision.”
Michael Phelps Facts #8:
He has written an autobiography with the help of Alan Abrahamson. The name of this book is “No Limits: The Will to Succeed.” He has also written another autobiography, “Michael Phelps,” that was written with Jeffrey Zuehlke.
Michael Phelps Facts #9:
Out of all of the Olympics that he has participated in, the 2008 Beijing Olympics was his most successful. Moreover, he was able to win eight gold medals at the Olympic game. This was the most ever earned by an athlete at an Olympic tournament.
Michael Phelps Facts #10:
Phelps has answered questions about whether or not the 2012 Summer Olympics were his last. In his words, “It’s hard to compare myself now to 2008. My goals are different. This is the closure. It’s really, how many toppings do I want on my sundae?” It is possible, however, that he could participate in swimming events at the 2018 Summer Olympics in Rio De Janeiro, since his mother has publically voiced her hope that her son would compete at another one.
Jon Gallo, “Michael Phelps brings back swimming,” Los Angeles Post-Examiner.
“Michael Phelps Biography,” Biography.com.
“Michael Phelps Foundation,” Michael Phelps Foundation.