Michael Fred Phelps II is one of the most competitive American former swimmers who was born in 1985 on the 30th of June and is considered as most decorated and most successful Olympian of all time as he holds 28 medals in total; with the all-time records for gold medals Olympic (23 medals), 13 medals in individual events in Olympic gold medals, and 16 of Olympic medals in individual events. When Phelps successfully won 8 gold titles or medals in 2008 at Beijing Games, he managed to break the record of an amazing American swimmer named Mark Spitz which was made in 1972.
In the Summer Olympics in Athens in 2004, Michael focused on tying the record of 8 medals at a single Game of any colour by winning 2 bronze and 6 gold medals. In 2012 at Summer Olympics in London, Michael successfully won 2 silver and 4 gold medals and in 2016 in Rio de Janeiro at Summer Olympics, Michael won 1 silver and 5 gold. There is no doubt that his efforts can be seen clearly and keep us motivated to never lose the goal and hope as these medal journeys and enthusiastic nature lead him to become one of the most successful athletes of the Games in a row for the fourth Olympics.
Michael is the world record holder in the long course in 400-meter individual medley in men’s sports and the former world record holder in long course in the 200-meter individual medley, 200-meter freestyle, 100-meter butterfly, and 200-meter butterfly. If we count in total then Phelps won around 82 medals in his long course of international competitions of which 3 bronze, 14 silver, and 65 gold, in Pan Pacific Championships, the World Championships and the spanning the Olympics.
The record-breaking performances and international titles by Phelps help him in earning him the record 8 times for being the World Swimmer of the Year and 11 times American Swimmer of the Year Award, and 2 times FINA Swimmer of the Year Award in 2016 and 2012. He earned the Sportsman of the Year title in Sports Illustrated magazine because of his unprecedented success in the Olympics in the games of 2008. Michael later started his foundation after winning presentably in Summer Olympics named Michael Phelps Foundation, focusing on the growing sports for swimmers and for promoting healthier lifestyles.
Michael retired from the Olympics in 2012, but after 2 years he made his comeback in 2014 of April and at Summer Olympics in 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, he got selected by his team at the 2016 Summer Olympics Parade of Nations to be the flag bearer of the United States, where he announced about his 2nd retirement on 2016, 12th of August, with having titles more than 161 countries, surprising, right? Now that’s what we call determination.
Michael started her swimming journey at the age of 7 because he was having a great, great influence on his sisters who always cheered him up and give positive energy. After he retired from his sports journey in 2016 for the 2nd time, he cleared and the words were”The reason why I am here is just because my mother wanted me to learn and practice how to swim and of course my sisters and myself completely fell in love with sports-related water, especially swimming and we all decided to participate and try are luck and efforts on a bigger stage”
Michael also got his nickname because of his excellence in sports and those are “Flying Fish” and “The Baltimore Bullet”, and known for his strokes in the individual medley, butterfly, backstroke, and freestyle with having amazing insights of a coach named Bob Bowman.