Olympic legend Michael Phelps by numbers
The most successful Olympian in history has made a return to the pool and here are a few of his career numbers.
Number of Olympic medals, which includes 18 gold, more than double the second-highest holder of gold medals.
His age at the 2000 Sydney Olympics. He became the youngest male to make a U.S. Olympic swim team in 68 years, but did not win a medal.
His most glittering Olympics of all, winning eight gold medals at the 2008 Beijing Games. Phelps took the record for the most first-place finishes at any single Olympic Games, with five of those victories were in individual events, tying the single Games record.
World Swimmer of the Year Awards – 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2012
World records set by Phelps during his career, with 29 individual records and 10 in relay events, surpassing Mark Spitz’s record of 33. Seven of those still stand.
1, 450, 000
Twitter followers for @MichaelPhelps
The age he began swimming at, which he attributes in part as an outlet for his high levels of youthful energy.
Fine in dollars handed down to the swimmer in 2004, along with 18 months probation, after being arrested for drink-driving. Phelps said had “definitely let myself down and my family down ... I think I let a lot of people in the country down.”
Number of times he was Sports Illustrated Sports Person of the Year (2008) following his unprecedented Olympic Games in Beijing.