As part of NBCSN’s Olympic Games Week – which began Monday and includes nearly 100 hours of Olympic footage ranging from the Olympic Games Tokyo 1964 to the Rio 2016 Games – the greatest Olympian of all time, Michael Phelps, will be highlighted Tuesday night at 10 p.m. ET. It marks the midway point of three nights of Return to Rio programming.
Phelps ended his Olympic career with a record 28 Olympic medals, 23 of which were gold. Phelps initially burst onto the Olympic scene in 2000 as a fresh-faced 15-year-old who placed fifth in the 200-meter butterfly at the Sydney Games. By the time he reached his fifth and final Games, Phelps had amassed 22 medals, including 18 golds, and achieved such feats as becoming the first Olympian to earn eight gold medals at a single Games (2008) and the first swimmer to win seven world titles at a single meet (2007). He had retired following the London 2012 Games, where he became the most decorated Olympian ever, but returned to competition two years later.
In Rio, Phelps started out on a high. He was selected to lead the U.S. delegation into the Opening Ceremony as flag bearer. The 31-year-old then claimed five golds – including an unprecedented fourth straight Olympic title in the 200-meter individual medley – and one silver.
Relive Phelps’ Olympic legacy from his last Games through photos below.