Michael Phelps' Olympic Career Put In Context
From breaking a 2,000-year-old record to medaling more than entire countries, the "Baltimore Bullet" has done it all.By Carter Woodiel | August 14, 2016
Michael Phelps is the most decorated Olympian ever, but you probably know that already. But just like his record-breaking swims, his career is pretty stunning when you put it in context.
First off, Phelps has won more individual events than any Olympian in history. This is an impressive feat, considering the old record had been standing for over 2,000 years.
That record had been held by Leonidas of Rhodes, an ancient Greek sprinter who won three events at four straight Olympiads, the last of which came in 152 B.C.