It's Official: Michael Phelps Is the Most Decorated Olympian of All Time

Michael Phelps won his 19th Olympic medal on Tuesday, making him the most decorated Olympian of all time. Congratulations!

It’s Official: Michael Phelps Is the Most Decorated Olympian of All Time

Michael Phelps won his 19th Olympic medal on Tuesday, making him the most decorated Olympian of all time. Congratulations!

-Lucia Peters

Michael Phelps

American swimmer Michael Phelps had such a spectacular run the last time he competed in the Olympics that many of us were wondering if he’d be able to repeat his performance this time around. He doesn’t seem to be doing too badly, though; after all, he DID just, y’know, manage to become the most decorated athlete in the history of the Olympics.

Wait, what? That’s terrific! Congratulations, Michael! This calls for a celebration

According to Reuters, Michael won his 19th Olympic medal at the London Games on Tuesday when he took the gold for the 4×200 meter freestyle. The record for most medals won by any one Olympian was previously held by Soviet gymnast Larisa Latynina, who won her 18th (and last, it would turn out) Olympic medal during the 1964 Tokyo Games. She’s still the only female Olympian to have won nine gold medals, though—who wants to work on breaking that one?

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Oddly, though, Michael’s victory is a little bittersweet; earlier in the day, he lost out on the gold during the 200 meter butterfly, which is usually his signature event (South African swimmer Chad Le Clos won the top prize). He did take home the silver, though, which still ain’t nothin’ to sneeze at. All in all, Michael has won fifteen gold medals, two silver, and two bronze. Not too shabby!

About his new record, Michael said, “I would have liked a betty outcome in the 200 fly. Obviously it was my last one and I would have liked to win, but it wasn’t a terrible time.” He went on to give his fellow Team USA members a hearty thanks, as well: “I thank those guys for helping me get to this moment. I just wanted to hold on. I thank them for allowing me this moment.”

Congratulations, Michael! Go, Team USA!

Lucia Peters is BettyConfidential’s associate editor.

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