Michael Phelps Total Medals Record Ends with 18th Gold and 22nd Olympic Medal
Michael Phelps is a legend with his 18 gold and 22 total medal records in Olympics history. It was a night in which the world of swimming honored its greatest son. Having won his fourth gold medal of this London Olympics, his 18th gold overall and his 22nd medal of any metal, Michael Phelps was presented with a special trophy, celebrating his achievement in becoming the most decorated Olympian in history.
As he took it around the pool, the tears came pouring out. Some 12 years after making his Olympic debut, Phelps was finished.
He made one last trip up to the top of the podium, a vantage to which he has become more familiar than any athlete in history, before walking off into the London night.
In the aftermath of his Herculean feats in Beijing, Phelps’ commitment to his swimming began to waver, he started to skip the punishing sessions that had made him the greatest swimmer in history.
Then something clicked inside him. He went back to work with redoubled energy. The reason for his rediscovered hunger? The thought of not being able to control the way his career came to a close.