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Is Michael Phelps the Greatest Olympian of All Time?

Sports 2012/08/05 18:42:58
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It is hard to believe that at just 27 years of age, American swimmer Michael Phelps is a living legend. Already considered one of the greatest swimmers of all time, Phelps cemented his legacy amongst athletes of every sport in this summer's Olympics. With 22 total medals (the most of any Olympian ever), Phelps may very well be the greatest swimmer and Olympian in history.

Phelps is definitely the most popular swimmer ever, appearing in Subway commercials and other forms of media. He is the "it" guy. But don't let his star power overshadow his athletic greatness. Those 22 medals Phelps owns are more than some countries can lay claim to the last decade. If he were a country, he'd rank in the top 60 in the history of the modern Olympics. When it comes to golds, his 18 medals would place him at No. 36 ahead of Argentina. Phelps owns 39 world records, has been named Sports Illustrated's Sportsman of The Year, and that's just scratching the surface.

Phelps is also the only swimmer to win the same individual event in three straight Olympics and he set the record for the most gold medals in an Olympic year with eight in 2008 (breaking Mark Spitz's record that was untouched since 1972). Now at 27, Phelps ends his career, with 22 total medals and six alone from this year's Olympics (four gold, two silver).

What do you think SodaHeads? Is Michael Phelps the greatest Olympian of all time?

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  • Mm TheBorg 2012/08/10 07:22:17
  • Yes
    ΩDaughter Of PoseidonΩ~ΨρנατσΨ
    +3
    What kind of stupid question is this?

    Michael Phelps is the first, and maybe the only for a VERY long time to hold the most olympic medals ever, he currently has the most gold medals of every Olympian ever, he won the most gold medals in one olympics, AND has won gold in the same event three olympics in a row.

    If that doesn't define the Greatest Olympian of All Time, then I must need to be put in an insane assylum, because there is no way he's not the best... ever.
    Michael Phelps Medals
  • Mm ΩDaught... 2012/08/10 07:22:24
  • Nameless 2012/08/07 00:30:33
    No
    Nameless
    The decathlon and marathons are the most difficult of all sports - and are done alone. Many of Phelps' medals were won with the help of his teammates (relays). I am not downplaying his accomplishments but, imo, a decathlete has to do much more to get just one medal... and is, therefore a greater athlete.
  • Cat 1017 2012/08/07 00:30:07
    No
    Cat 1017
    For the moment , BUT only in his particular sport....Not overall....
  • ΩDaught... Cat 1017 2012/08/07 00:55:29
    ΩDaughter Of PoseidonΩ~ΨρנατσΨ
    Uhm, no. Overall. The last person to be the most decorated olympian was a female GYMNAST!!!!!!!
  • Cat 1017 ΩDaught... 2012/08/07 12:09:47
    Cat 1017
    Medals don't indicate you are better than others outside of your sport....It just indicates you have less competion in the events...The competitors in the other sports are JUST as well trained and skilled....It doesn't make him better than the other athletes in the other events....apples -vs- oranges...
  • wgossett99 2012/08/06 21:45:49
    Yes
    wgossett99
    +1
    No one has earned more Olympic medals.
  • LolaLee4 2012/08/06 20:58:13
  • Cat 1017 LolaLee4 2012/08/07 12:12:02
    Cat 1017
    I agree....Medals don't indicate an atheltes superiority to the other athlettes...there are too many factors that aren't equal, as you mentioned....Apples -vs- oranges....
  • Rusty Bubbles 2012/08/06 20:12:13 (edited)
    No
    Rusty Bubbles
    But he is the greatest swimmer ever
  • scbluesman13 2012/08/06 19:40:37
    Yes
    scbluesman13
    It must be all that pot he's smoking =)'
  • Tooshy 2012/08/06 19:18:43
    No
    Tooshy
    +2
    Usain Bolt usain bolt pose celeb usain bolt pose fab five bolt pose
  • Mm Tooshy 2012/08/10 07:22:34
  • Jesus Freak and proud of it 2012/08/06 19:17:59
    Yes
    Jesus Freak and proud of it
    +1
    Yes, he is the GOAT michael phelps goat
  • Mm Jesus F... 2012/08/10 07:22:41
  • zcberry 2012/08/06 19:14:04
    No
    zcberry
    +1
    He is one of them.
  • Balladeer-PWCM-POTL 2012/08/06 19:07:25
    No
    Balladeer-PWCM-POTL
    +1
    THIS guy is...

    Bruce Jenner
  • LolaLee4 Ballade... 2012/08/06 20:59:47
  • Ballade... LolaLee4 2012/08/06 21:15:50
    Balladeer-PWCM-POTL
    +1
    He won the decathlon when americans didn't
  • keliffa LolaLee4 2012/08/07 16:47:33
    keliffa
    Like who? Ben Johnson?
  • Mm keliffa 2012/08/10 07:23:02
  • Mm LolaLee4 2012/08/10 07:22:56
  • Mm Ballade... 2012/08/10 07:22:50
  • bpf 2012/08/06 19:04:40
    Yes
    bpf
    +1
    Greatest swimmer at least...as for over all he's close you must be in great physical shape to compete and win against so many other great athletes
  • keliffa 2012/08/06 18:58:53
  • Tom Trojan 2012/08/06 18:49:28 (edited)
    No
    Tom Trojan
    +2
    Without a doubt, he is the most dominant swimmer ever....



    However, when we talk about greatest Olympians ever, you must look at the decathletes like Bruce Jenner, Jim Thorpe, and Jesse Ownens...
  • LolaLee4 Tom Trojan 2012/08/06 21:00:29
  • Tom Trojan LolaLee4 2012/08/07 15:22:14
    Tom Trojan
    +1
    No, but their performances tend to be the most memorable....
  • ΩDaught... Tom Trojan 2012/08/07 00:58:53
    ΩDaughter Of PoseidonΩ~ΨρנατσΨ
    Yes, the decathlon is ten different sports going for one medal, but even if they only competed for each of those events separately AND won gold, you still wouldn't have more than Michael Phelps
  • Tom Trojan ΩDaught... 2012/08/07 15:21:34
    Tom Trojan
    The question was "who is the greatest athlete," not who won the most medals...
  • Mm Tom Trojan 2012/08/10 07:23:09
  • Sperry23 2012/08/06 18:30:31
    Yes
    Sperry23
    Yeah, sure, why not. At least until someone better comes along.
  • Centrist_Bill 2012/08/06 18:04:31
    Yes
    Centrist_Bill
    With a close 2nd going to Nadia Comaneci. I remember as a kid the awesome performance that earned her a 10. Absolutely incredible.
  • OneLastWord 2012/08/06 17:56:51
    No
    OneLastWord
    +1
    No! Maybe best Olympic swimmer, but not the greatest Olympic athlete.
    He’s big, with long arm reach, and that suites swimmers best, but dufus, and clumsy too?
  • Atomicdave 2012/08/06 17:25:58
    Yes
    Atomicdave
    +1
    And that's even after a bong hit
  • Buffalobill91 2012/08/06 16:56:22
    No
    Buffalobill91
    +2
    Just because he has the most medals doesn't make him the greatest...

    he is the greatest swimmer of all time...no doubt.
  • UnusualSuspect 2012/08/06 16:43:35
    No
    UnusualSuspect
    +2
    Greatest Olympic swimmer of all time, yes.

    Greatest Olympian - Jim Thorpe
  • OneLast... Unusual... 2012/08/06 18:04:17 (edited)
    OneLastWord
    Wasn’t he high on those S.W. Indian planes “cactus buds” during most of his Olympian competition time? Or was it the weed pipe he liked?
  • Mike 2012/08/06 16:35:19
    No
    Mike
    +2
    these are our greatest Olympians!!
    special olympics

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