Greatness. It’s above the all too frequently tossed around term, superstar.
There’s no question Michael Phelps is the greatest Olympian in history.
He has twenty-two Olympics medals, including 18 golds. Eighteen gold medals over three Olympics. He’s twenty-seven and calling it quits after this…allegedly. He won four golds and two silvers in this Olympics, his fourth. His first Olympics were in Sydney, when he was 15. It’s hard to believe he has been swimming at the highest level for this long.
Twenty-two medals. He has twice as many Olympics gold medals as any other competitor.
The other swimmers from the other relay teams lined up to congratulate him after his final Olympics race.
Now I know Doc Rivers said something about wanting an NBA title more than an Olympics gold medal. He can say that, but there’s way more chances to win an NBA title. The basics of the Olympics in an individual sport is this: You have one chance to win the gold. You screw it up, it’s over. This guy won the equivalent of 18 NBA titles over a twelve-year period.
Phelps is doing an interview with Bob Costas. He says he has no regrets. No kidding. Phelps says he admires Michael Jordan. Not even Jordan was this dominant over this period of time. Jordan should admire Phelps. Phelps can quit and be okay with it.
Phelps: The Winner of Winners.