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Phelps Wins 23 Gold Medals
If he was a boxer, “undisputed,” would describe Michael Phelps’s 23 Olympic gold medals. He already announced his retirement plans after Rio. What a way to set the bar for future Olympians. He accomplished another Olympic first this year by winning the 200m individual medley for the fourth consecutive Olympics. In total, the U.S. Swim Team won 16 gold, and 33 medals. Of which, five gold and one silver belong to Phelps. The rest of the team were overshadowed by Phelps, but they never lost their camaraderie. Katy Ledecky broke two world records in Rio and earned four golds. Other notable women were Simone Manuel with two golds and a silver, and Maya DiRado with four medals. The oldest swimmer, Anthony Ervin, at 35 earned a gold “16 years after he first won the event in Sydney,” according to NBC.