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Olympic Records 2012: Michael Phelps Most Decorated Olympian Ever

It's going to be hard to leave these Olympics without thinking that Michael Phelps is the greatest Olympic athlete ever. There's no doubt he has the hardware to prove his worth.

Phelps won two medals today to push him to 19 medals, passing Larisa Latynina of the old Soviet Union (who had 18 medals). Phelps finished with a silver medal in the 200 meter butterfly, then cruised to gold as part of the Untied States relay team in the 4 x 200 meter freestyle.

Phelps has won 15 gold medals, the most in Olympic history. He's won medals at three straight Olympic games, with eight coming in Athens (six gold, two bronze) and eight coming in Beijing (all gold, still an all-time record for one games). Phelps has won three in London so far, and he's not done yet. He has yet to compete in the 100 meter butterfly, the 200 meter individual medley, and the 4 x 100 meter medley relay, so he still has plenty of time to up his medal total at these games.

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