Michael Phelps won his 18th career gold medal – 22nd overall – in the butterfly leg in the 400-meter individual medley earlier today. This also was his sixth medal in the 2012 Olympics – four gold and two silver. That should prove one thing.
Phelps is the greatest Olympian of all time.
Too early for such a proclamation? I think not.
I mean, dude won 22 medals – 22! Chew on that for a minute. The Olympics arrive every four years. That means for four consecutive Olympics – which covers 16 years – an athlete would have to average AT LEAST five medals per Olympic games to reach Phelps’ 22.
I don’t know about you, but I do not see that happening.
Sure, I have always maintained that Carl Lewis was the greatest Olympian ever. And while I won’t suddenly poo-poo on Lewis’ accomplishments, I have to give Phelps his due.
So here’s to you, Michael Phelps, as you enter retirement. Enjoy the accolades my man, you have definitely deserved them.