* In his career, Phelps entered 24 Olympic events. He earned a medal in 22 of them.
* “He sits 41st in the IOC’s historical medal table, above Argentina, India, Mexico and 162 other countries.”
* “The male swimmers with the next-highest career medal totals have exactly half of Phelps’ total. Mark Spitz, Matt Biondi and Ryan Lochte all have 11.”
* “He became the first male swimmer to throw the Olympic three-peat, and did it in not just one event but two, the 200 IM and the 100 butterfly.”