With the London Olympics almost here, we’ll be commemorating some of the most successful U.S. athletes that have ever competed at the Olympic Games.

Stats:

Ht: 6 ft 4 in

Wt: 185 lbs

Main Events: 100 fly, 200 fly, 200 IM, 400 IM, 200 free, 4×200 free relay, 4×100 free relay, 4×100 medley relay

Best times (Individual, LCM):

100 fly: 49.82

200 fly: 1:51.51

200 IM: 1:54.16

400 IM: 4:03.84

200 free: 1:42.96

Coach: Bob Bowman

Teams: North Baltimore Aquatic Club, Michigan (Club Wolverine)

Accomplishments:

-16 Olympic medals

– Most overall Olympic gold medals (14)

– Most gold medals won in a single Olympics (8)

– 4-time Olympian (2000, 2004, 2008, 2012)

– 39 World Records (29 Individual, 10 Relay)

– Six-time World Swimmer of the Year

– Eight-time American Swimmer of the Year Award

– 66 medals in major International Competition (54 gold)

– Sports Illustrated magazine’s Sportsman of the Year

Michael Phelps celebrates the US 4×100 meter freestyle relay’s epic gold medal victory at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

When Michael Phelps enters the water at the London Aquatics Centre on Saturday, he’ll need just 3 medals to become the most decorated Olympic athlete in history.  Already the greatest swimmer of all time, Phelps has dominated the international swimming scene since first emerging as a teenage phenom at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, where he finished 5th in the 200 meter butterfly.  Eight years later, his performance at the 2008 Beijing Olympics was jaw-dropping, winning 8 Olympic gold medals, and in the process breaking Mark Spitz record of 7 gold medals in a single Olympics.  Even Spitz remarked of his performance, “Epic. It goes to show you that not only is this guy the greatest swimmer of all time and the greatest Olympian of all time, he’s maybe the greatest athlete of all time. He’s the greatest racer who ever walked the planet.”  While Phelps will be challenged at the London Games by fellow USA teammate Ryan Lochte, rest assured, these Olympics are going to bring out some very fast swimming from Phelps.  More importantly, the history books will be rewritten, and Phelps will emerge from the London 2012 Olympics as the most decorated Olympian of all time.