Michael Phelps is the best swimmer in the history of the Olympics. He has 25 Olympic medals and he’s nowhere near the end. Check out these incredible facts you probably didn’t know about him!
1. In Under 50 Seconds, He Swims 100 Meters
He can go from one end of the pool to the other and back in less than 50 seconds. For 100 and 200-metter butterfly stroke, he’s earned a world record.
2. Back Stroke
At first, he was afraid to put his head under the water, so he learned backstroke first!
When he was 10, he set a record for his age group for 100-meter butterfly.
4. First Olympic Games
He was only 15 years old when he went to his first OI games in 2000.
5. Feet Size 14
His feet are size 14! They bend so much that he basically has flippers at the end of his legs.
6. Only Seven Years Old
He was only seven years old when he started swimming.
7. Lactate Production
It is reported that his body makes less lactate than his competitors, making it easier for him to swim stronger and recover soon after a race.
8. Youngest Man to Break the Record
He was only 15 years old when he broke the world record, making himself the youngest man to do so.
9. The Most Decorated Olympic Athlete
At the age of 27, he broke another record – the most medals in Olympic history.
10. Breaking His Own Records
He once broke the world record and in the next race, he broke his own record again!
11. Huge Arm Span
When he stretches his arms, the distance between his fingers is bigger than his height!
12. National Records
He still holds the national record in 12 age groups.