Swimming fans have been used to seeing Michael Phelps compete in the Olympics for many years.
And while it was in the pool, few swimmers were able to touch it. Between the Olympics, World Championships, and Pan Pacific Championships, Phelps has accumulated 66 first-place medals, 14 silver medals, and three bronze medals.
The Baltimore native has grown used to dominating whatever race he competes in. But will he be on the slopes of the Tokyo Aquatic Center for the 2021 Olympics?
Here’s what you need to know about Phelps this year:
Is Michael Phelps swimming at the Olympics?
Swimming fans have most likely seen the last of Phelps competing in the Olympics. He retired once after the 2012 Olympics, although he returned for the 2016 Rio Games.
He made a triumphant return, capturing five gold medals, including in two individual events, and added a silver medal to his resume. Following the conclusion of the games, he announced his retirement once again. Now, at 36, this retirement seems likely to last.
Could you lake Phelps at the 2021 games? The answer is yes, if the camera rotates in the NBC broadcast booth. Athletic’s Richard Deitsch reported that Phelps will join Dan Hicks and Rowdy Gaines at the booth for various events during the games.
Michael Phelps will serve as an NBC analyst in various swim races during the Tokyo Games alongside Dan Hicks and Rowdy Gaines.
– Richard Deitsch (@richarddeitsch) July 13, 2021
Phelps has already had the opportunity to put on headphones, from time to time join Mike Tirico and Gaines during the US Olympic Trials. to talk to them about life after competitive swimming.
How old was Michael Phelps at his first Olympics?
Young. Very young.
Phelps has been making trips around the world for the Olympics since he was just 15 years old, only when he got the chance to compete in the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia. He reached the final in the 200-meter butterfly, although he was fifth and did not return to the United States with any medals.
He emphatically changed that during his next trip abroad. Traveling to Athens for the 2004 Olympics, he tied the record for the most medals won in a single event when he took home six gold medals and a pair of bronze medals. Phelps won the 100 butterflies, 200 butterflies, 200 individual medley and 400 individual medley, and participated in the winning units in the 4×100 medley and 4×200 freestyle relays. He finished third in the 200 freestyle and the US unit placed third in the 4×100 freestyle.
How many Olympic medals has Michael Phelps won?
There is no athlete in the world who can match Phelps in total medals or gold medals.
The American swimmer has 28 Olympic medals in total, 23 gold, three silver and his two from Athens bronze. Of his 23 gold medals, 13 are for individual events, which is also a record among Olympians.
Phelps won a great deal of that hardware at the 2008 Beijing Games. There, he set the record with eight first-place medals in a single Olympiad when he took home first place individually in the 200 freestyle, 100 butterfly, 200 butterfly, 200 individual medley and 400 individual medley, and the 4×100 freestyle, 4×200 freestyle and 4×100 medley were part of the winning relays. Throughout his successful career, he set 39 world records, four of which remain undefeated to this day.