- Four-time Olympian (2000, 2004, 2008, 2012); 22-time Olympic medalist (18 golds, 2 silvers, 2 bronzes)
- Rio 2016 Olympic Games, qualified
- London 2012 Olympic Games, gold (100m fly, 200m medley, 4x100m medley, 4x200m free); silver (200m fly, 4x100m free); 4th (400m medley)
- Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, gold (100m fly, 200m fly, 200m free, 200m medley, 400m medley, 4x100m free, 4x200m free, 4x100m medley)
- Athens 2004 Olympic Games, gold (100m fly, 200m fly, 200m medley, 400m medley, 4x200m free, 4x100m medley); bronze (200m free, 4x100m free)
- Sydney 2000 Games, 5th (200m fly)
- With 22 medals – including 18 golds – Phelps is the most decorated Olympian of all time
- Became the first American male swimmer to qualify for five Olympic teams in June 2016
- In 2000, he became the youngest male Olympian since 1932 and his eight gold medals at the 2008 Olympic Games is an Olympic record
- During the Beijing Games, Phelps set seven world records, eight American records and eight Olympic records
- Most recent: 2011 – gold (100m fly, 200m fly, 4x200m free, 4x100m medley); silver (200m free, 200m medley), bronze (4x100m free)
- Years of participation: Long Course – 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011; Short Course – 2004
- Medals: 34 (27 golds, 6 silvers, 1 bronze)
- Gold – 2001 (200m fly); 2003 (200m fly, 200m medley, 400m medley, 4x100m medley); 2004 (200m free); 2005 (200m free, 200m medley, 4x100m medley, 4x100m free, 4x200m free); 2007 (100m fly, 200m fly, 200m free, 200m medley, 400m medley, 4x100m free, 4x200m free); 2009 (100m fly, 200m fly, 400m free, 800m free, 4x100m medley); 2011 (100m fly, 200m fly, 4x200m free, 4x100m medley)
- Silver – 2003 (100m fly, 4x200m free); 2005 (100m fly); 2009 (200m free); 2011 (200m free, 200m medley)
- Bronze – 2011 (4x100m free)
- His four individual world records and seven gold medals at the 2007 World Championships made him the winningest athlete in world championship history.
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