Michael Phelps in the Olympic Games
Phelps is branded the Olympian of all time and has set many records in the swimming competition. His first world record was in 2001 at the age of 15 years where he also emerged as the youngest male swimmer. He broke the 400m free world record which was first held by Thorpe. His ability again appeared in 2003 when he became the first swimmer in US sports history to win three strokes (200 free, 200back, and 100fly) in just one national meet. His most significant achievement was realized in 2008 where he won eight gold medals in the Olympics held in Beijing, China. Out of the eight records, Phelps still held seven of them as of 14th January 2014.