The 2016 Summer Olympic Games are being held in Brazil's Rio de Janeiro from August 5-21. With 16 gold medals, eight silver and nine bronze, the U.S. snared their highest total since winning 23 at the 2000 Sydney Olympics. No other athlete in any sport comes close.
Ledecky, who will be a freshman at Stanford in the fall, now has five gold medals in her two Olympic appearances and currently holds world records in three different races. In the 2004 games, Phelps pulled home 6 gold medals and 2 bronze, thus beginning the quest to become the GOAT.
London 2012 was supposed to provide the fond farewell.
If that was the end, and Phelps insists it is, the numbers are simply astonishing. And it should be noted, Lochte called it four years ago the Phelps would be here today after he said he wasn't going to compete.
"This is what I wanted to finish my career".
"It's incredible. Really. I have been dreaming of this moment since I was a child and it's unbelievable", said the 21-year-old Paltinieri. "Being able to cap it off with these Games is just the flawless way to finish", said the 31-year-old. He plans to marry Johnson after the Olympics and said he's eager to watch his son grow, maybe even dole out a swimming lesson or two.
The comeback endured a huge setback with his second drunken-driving arrest in 2014, which led to Phelps being banned from the world championships previous year.
There Phelps, who after his parents' divorce was brought up by his mother, Debbie, reconnected with his estranged father.
As Myre points out, even that insane stat doesn't do Phelps justice. You might not have seen that before.
When he finally enters the media room, Phelps looks exhausted, but there's enough life left in him to think big.
Bowman, however, said each one of those golds was the product of sweat and stress.
Bolt turned the Olympic Stadium into his stage again for his first race at the Rio Games, cruising to an easy win in his 100-meter heat, backed up by the trademark showmanship to the thrill of the crowd. "After that they've all been super-hard".
It followed his second drink-driving offence, but in reality the issues were much deeper than alcohol. A 3:17:59 second Olympics record, Phelps team won this gold. Phelps' performance helped the United States men's team to emerge as winners in the 4×100 medley relay at Rio. Also messing with the symmetry of the medals count - Phelps's three-way tie for silver in the 100m fly with South African Chad le Clos and Hungarian Laszlo Cseh.
"I was just super excited to be on that relay and I'm sure that little extra bit of adrenaline is what pushed me to that record", said Murphy, who broke the record of 51.94 set by American Aaron Peirsol in 2009. "And he loves it". But flash forward four years, and the 19-year-old decided he didn't like losing.
"Every medal this week, I've been like, 22?" he said. The most decorated Olympian of all time was emotional even before he got to the pool for his final time in the water.