A Brief History
Larisa dominated Olympic gymnastics from 1956 to 1964, winning 9 Olympic Gold medals and a total of 18 Olympic medals. No gymnast, male or female, has surpassed her total of Gold medals, and her total medal record lasted for nearly 5 decades before broken by Phelps.
A remarkable athlete, Phelps won a total of 28 Olympic medals from the 2000 Summer Olympics, in which the 15 year old Phelps did not medal, through the 2016 Summer Olympics. Among those medals are an incredible 23 Gold medals!
In completing his storybook career, Phelps won the Olympic Gold medal in his final event, the 4 × 100-meter medley relay, in which Phelps swam the Butterfly leg of the relay, setting an Olympic record in the process.
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For more information, please see…
Hansen, Grace. Michael Phelps (Olympic Biographies). Abdo Kids, 2016.
Phelps, Michael. Beneath the Surface: My Story. Sports Publishing, 2016.
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