After retirement in 2016, he stated “The only reason I ever got in water was my mom wanted me to learn how to swim.
In Spring 2001, he became the youngest male swimmer to ever set a world record which he did at the 200-meter butterfly event. At Fukuoka, Japan, Michael earned his first international medal.
Phelps continued this trend of setting more world records which he did at the 400-meter individual medley, the 100-meter butterfly, and the 200-meter individual medley.
In 2012, Michael’s Olympic medal count increased to 22.
He beat gymnast Larisa Latynina’s record of 18 medals.