Michael Phelps holds the record for most Olympic medals and also holds the largest number of Olympic gold medals, with those numbers being 28 and 23, respectively. Phelps previously retired, but came back from retirement to compete in the 2016 Rio Olympics. The 31-year-old is now officially retired again, though you wouldn’t know it by how quickly he was spotted right back in a pool.
Michael Phelps Swimming History
Phelps first started swimming at the age of seven. Swimming was never really just a hobby for Phelps, however, and by the age of ten he earned his first distinction for his swimming speed, a national record in the 100-meter butterfly. At 15, Phelps swam in his first Olympic event , though he didn’t earn his first Olympic gold medal until the 2004 summer games. Phelps quickly set a standard for himself, winning multiple awards at every Olympic competition since that time.