After a tough four years of Michael overcoming his demons, he has managed to pull off winning three more medals bringing his total number of Olympic medals to nineteen (fifteen gold, two silver, and two bronze.)
We have to remember that even Olympians fall into slumps and it’s not what you can achieve that makes you great. It’s that you can pick yourself back up again after you fall. And he did … with flying colors. Alright, Mike!
Time magazine had this to say:
Michael Phelps broke the Olympic medals record Tuesday with his 19th as the United States romped to a dominating win in 4×200-meter freestyle relay at the London Games.
With 19 career medals spanning three Olympics, Phelps moved one ahead of Soviet gymnast Larisa Latynina, who got her haul in 1956, 1960 and 1964. And he finally got his first gold of these games, bouncing back from the disappointment of settling for silver when he glided at the end of the 200 butterfly earlier Tuesday.
The United States team of Ryan Lochte, Conor Dwyer, Ricky Berens and Phelps on the anchor leg won in 6 minutes, 59.70 seconds. France took the silver in 7:02.77, while China was third in 7:06.30.
Phelps now has 15 golds, two silvers and two bronzes.
I have to say that after Ryan’s gold medal win, the US men’s freestyle relay win, and Michael’s Olympic achievements in the last 11 years, I am damn proud of our American swimmers! You guys rock!