Michael Phelps Beijing 2008 (65 photos)

Photos of the legendary Michael Phelps during the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. Phelps became the winningest Olympian ever and also broke the world record for gold medals at a single games by winning 8 gold in 8 events, breaking 7 world records and 1 Olympic record in the process.

 
US swimmer Michael Phelps competes in the men's 100m butterfly swimming final at the National Aquatics Center during the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games in Beijing on August 16, 2008. US swimmer Michael Phelps won the Olympic Games men's 100m butterfly gold medal in an Olympic record time of 50.58. The victory gave him a seventh gold medal here and equalled Mark Spitz's 1972 record. Milorad Cavic of Serbia was second and Andrew Lauterstein of Australia was third. AFP PHOTO / CARL DE SOUZAUS swimmer Michael Phelps competes in the men's 100m butterfly swimming final at the National Aquatics Center during the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games in Beijing on August 16, 2008. US swimmer Michael Phelps won the Olympic Games men's 100m butterfly gold medal in an Olympic record time of 50.58. The victory gave him a seventh gold medal here and equalled Mark Spitz's 1972 record. Milorad Cavic of Serbia was second and Andrew Lauterstein of Australia was third. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY CLARYUS swimmer Michael Phelps competes in the men's 100m butterfly swimming final at the National Aquatics Center during the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games in Beijing on August 16, 2008. US swimmer Michael Phelps won the Olympic Games men's 100m butterfly gold medal in an Olympic record time of 50.58. The victory gave him a seventh gold medal here and equalled Mark Spitz's 1972 record. Milorad Cavic of Serbia was second and Andrew Lauterstein of Australia was third. AFP PHOTO / CARL DE SOUZAUnited States' Michael Phelps shows the gold medal after the men's 100-meter butterfly final during the swimming competitions in the National Aquatics Center at the Beijing 2008 Olympics in Beijing, Saturday, Aug. 16, 2008.BEIJING - AUGUST 16: (L-R) Milorad Cavic of Serbia and Michael Phelps of the United States dive into the water at the start of the Men's 100m Butterfly Final held at the National Aquatics Centre during Day 8 of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games on August 16, 2008 in Beijing, China. (Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images)BEIJING - AUGUST 16: (L-R) Milorad Cavic of Serbia and Michael Phelps of the United States reach for the wall in the Men's 100m Butterfly Final held at the National Aquatics Centre during Day 8 of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games on August 16, 2008 in Beijing, China. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)BEIJING - AUGUST 16: Michael Phelps of the United States celebrates victory in the Men's 100m Butterfly Final held at the National Aquatics Centre during Day 8 of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games on August 16, 2008 in Beijing, China. By winning gold in the Men's 100m Butterfly Phelps tied Mark Spitz's record of winning seven gold medals in a single Olympic Games. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)This combo shows US swimmer Michael Phelps (R) and Serbia-Montenegro's Milorad Cavic touching the blocks to finish (upper) and their reaction (lower) in the men's 100m butterfly swimming final at the National Aquatics Center during the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games in Beijing on August 16, 2008. US swimmer Michael Phelps won the Olympic Games men's 100m butterfly gold medal in an Olympic record time of 50.58. The victory gave him a seventh gold medal here and equalled Mark Spitz's 1972 record. Milorad Cavic of Serbia was second and Andrew Lauterstein of Australia was third. AFP PHOTO / Michael KAPPELER / DDPUS swimmer Michael Phelps (R) is congratulated by US swimmer Ian Crocker after winning the men's 100m butterfly swimming final at the National Aquatics Center during the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games in Beijing on August 16, 2008. US swimmer Michael Phelps won the Olympic Games men's 100m butterfly gold medal in an Olympic record time of 50.58. The victory gave him a seventh gold medal here and equalled Mark Spitz's 1972 record. Milorad Cavic of Serbia was second and Andrew Lauterstein of Australia was third. AFP PHOTO / PEDRO UGARTEBEIJING - AUGUST 16: Gold medalist Michael Phelps of the United States celebrates during the medal ceremony for the Men's 100m Butterfly Final held at the National Aquatics Centre during Day 8 of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games on August 16, 2008 in Beijing, China. By winning gold in the Men's 100m Butterfly Phelps tied Mark Spitz's record of winning seven gold medals in a single Olympic Games. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)US swimmer Michael Phelps reacts after winning the men's 100m butterfly swimming final at the National Aquatics Center during the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games in Beijing on August 16, 2008. US swimmer Michael Phelps won the Olympic Games men's 100m butterfly gold medal in an Olympic record time of 50.58. The victory gave him a seventh gold medal here and equalled Mark Spitz's 1972 record. Milorad Cavic of Serbia was second and Andrew Lauterstein of Australia was third. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY CLARYUS swimmer Michael Phelps competes in the men's 100m butterfly swimming final at the National Aquatics Center during the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games in Beijing on August 16, 2008. US swimmer Michael Phelps won the Olympic Games men's 100m butterfly gold medal in an Olympic record time of 50.58. The victory gave him a seventh gold medal here and equalled Mark Spitz's 1972 record. Milorad Cavic of Serbia was second and Andrew Lauterstein of Australia was third. AFP PHOTO / CARL DE SOUZAUS swimmer Michael Phelps (upper R) reacts after winning the men's 100m butterfly swimming final at the National Aquatics Center during the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games in Beijing on August 16, 2008. US swimmer Michael Phelps won the Olympic Games men's 100m butterfly gold medal in an Olympic record time of 50.58. The victory gave him a seventh gold medal here and equalled Mark Spitz's 1972 record. Milorad Cavic of Serbia was second and Andrew Lauterstein of Australia was third. AFP PHOTO / MARTIN BUREAUBEIJING - AUGUST 16: Gold medalist Michael Phelps of the United States listens to the national anthem from the podium during the medal ceremony for the Men's 100m Butterfly Final held at the National Aquatics Centre during Day 8 of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games on August 16, 2008 in Beijing, China. By winning gold in the Men's 100m Butterfly Phelps tied Mark Spitz's record of winning seven gold medals in a single Olympic Games. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)US swimmer Michael Phelps competes in the men's 100m butterfly swimming final at the National Aquatics Center during the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games in Beijing on August 16, 2008. US swimmer Michael Phelps won the Olympic Games men's 100m butterfly gold medal in an Olympic record time of 50.58. The victory gave him a seventh gold medal here and equalled Mark Spitz's 1972 record. Milorad Cavic of Serbia was second and Andrew Lauterstein of Australia was third. AFP PHOTO / CARL DE SOUZABEIJING - AUGUST 16: Michael Phelps of the United States reacts to his victory in the Men's 100m Butterfly Final held at the National Aquatics Centre during Day 8 of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games on August 16, 2008 in Beijing, China. By winning gold in the Men's 100m Butterfly Phelps tied Mark Spitz's record of winning seven gold medals in a single Olympic Games. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)US swimmer Michael Phelps (C), silver medalist Milorad Cavic of Serbia (L) and bronze medalist Andrew Lauterstein of Australia stand on the podium for the men's 100m butterfly swimming final during the medal ceremony at the National Aquatics Center during the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games in Beijing on August 16, 2008. US swimmer Michael Phelps won the Olympic Games men's 100m butterfly gold medal in an Olympic record time of 50.58. The victory gave him a seventh gold medal here and equalled Mark Spitz's 1972 record. Milorad Cavic of Serbia was second and Andrew Lauterstein of Australia was third. AFP PHOTO / CARL DE SOUZA (Photo credit should read CARL DE SOUZA/AFP/Getty Images)BEIJING - AUGUST 16: Michael Phelps of the United States celebrates victory in the Men's 100m Butterfly Final held at the National Aquatics Centre during Day 8 of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games on August 16, 2008 in Beijing, China. By winning gold in the Men's 100m Butterfly Phelps tied Mark Spitz's record of winning seven gold medals in a single Olympic Games. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)This underwater photograph shows US swimmer Michael Phelps competing during the men's 100m butterfly swimming final at the National Aquatics Center during the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games in Beijing on August 16, 2008. US swimmer Michael Phelps won the Olympic Games men's 100m butterfly gold medal in an Olympic record time of 50.58. The victory gave him a seventh gold medal here and equalled Mark Spitz's 1972 record. Milorad Cavic of Serbia was second and Andrew Lauterstein of Australia was third. AFP PHOTO / MARTIN BUREAU (Photo credit should read MARTIN BUREAU/AFP/Getty Images)BEIJING - AUGUST 16: (EDITORS NOTE: This image was rotated from its original perspective.) (L-R) Michael Phelps of the United States and Milorad Cavic of Serbia and Michael Phelps of the United States reach for the wall in the Men's 100m Butterfly Final held at the National Aquatics Centre during Day 8 of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games on August 16, 2008 in Beijing, China. (Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images)US swimmer Michael Phelps competes during the men's 100m butterfly swimming final at the National Aquatics Center during the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games in Beijing on August 16, 2008. US swimmer Michael Phelps won the Olympic Games men's 100m butterfly gold medal in an Olympic record time of 50.58. The victory gave him a seventh gold medal here and equalled Mark Spitz's 1972 record. Milorad Cavic of Serbia was second and Andrew Lauterstein of Australia was third. AFP PHOTO / Michael KAPPELER / DDP (Photo credit should read MICHAEL KAPPELER/AFP/Getty Images)BEIJING - AUGUST 16: Michael Phelps of the United States reacts to his victory in the Men's 100m Butterfly Final held at the National Aquatics Centre during Day 8 of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games on August 16, 2008 in Beijing, China. By winning gold in the Men's 100m Butterfly Phelps tied Mark Spitz's record of winning seven gold medals in a single Olympic Games. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)This underwater photograph shows US swimmer Michael Phelps competing during the men's 100m butterfly swimming final at the National Aquatics Center during the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games in Beijing on August 16, 2008. US swimmer Michael Phelps won the Olympic Games men's 100m butterfly gold medal in an Olympic record time of 50.58. The victory gave him a seventh gold medal here and equalled Mark Spitz's 1972 record. Milorad Cavic of Serbia was second and Andrew Lauterstein of Australia was third. AFP PHOTO / MARTIN BUREAU (Photo credit should read MARTIN BUREAU/AFP/Getty Images)BEIJING - AUGUST 16: (L-R) Milorad Cavic of Serbia and Michael Phelps of the United States reach for the wall in the Men's 100m Butterfly Final held at the National Aquatics Centre during Day 8 of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games on August 16, 2008 in Beijing, China. (Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images)US swimmer Michael Phelps (C), silver medalist Milorad Cavic of Serbia (L) and bronze medalist Andrew Lauterstein of Australia stand on the podium for the men's 100m butterfly swimming final during the medal ceremony at the National Aquatics Center during the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games in Beijing on August 16, 2008. US swimmer Michael Phelps won the Olympic Games men's 100m butterfly gold medal in an Olympic record time of 50.58. The victory gave him a seventh gold medal here and equalled Mark Spitz's 1972 record. Milorad Cavic of Serbia was second and Andrew Lauterstein of Australia was third. AFP PHOTO / CARL DE SOUZA (Photo credit should read CARL DE SOUZA/AFP/Getty Images)US swimmer Michael Phelps stands on the podium for the men's 100m butterfly swimming final medal ceremony at the National Aquatics Center during the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games in Beijing on August 16, 2008. US swimmer Michael Phelps won the Olympic Games men's 100m butterfly gold medal in an Olympic record time of 50.58. The victory gave him a seventh gold medal here and equalled Mark Spitz's 1972 record. Milorad Cavic of Serbia was second and Andrew Lauterstein of Australia was third. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY CLARYUS swimmer Michael Phelps stands on the podium for the men's 100m butterfly swimming final medal ceremony at the National Aquatics Center during the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games in Beijing on August 16, 2008. US swimmer Michael Phelps won the Olympic Games men's 100m butterfly gold medal in an Olympic record time of 50.58. The victory gave him a seventh gold medal here and equalled Mark Spitz's 1972 record. Milorad Cavic of Serbia was second and Andrew Lauterstein of Australia was third. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY CLARYUS swimmer Michael Phelps stands on the podium for the men's 100m butterfly swimming final during the medal ceremony at the National Aquatics Center during the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games in Beijing on August 16, 2008. US swimmer Michael Phelps won the Olympic Games men's 100m butterfly gold medal in an Olympic record time of 50.58. The victory gave him a seventh gold medal here and equalled Mark Spitz's 1972 record. Milorad Cavic of Serbia was second and Andrew Lauterstein of Australia was third. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY CLARYBEIJING - AUGUST 16: Gold medalist Michael Phelps of the United States celebrates during the medal ceremony for the Men's 100m Butterfly Final held at the National Aquatics Centre during Day 8 of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games on August 16, 2008 in Beijing, China. By winning gold in the Men's 100m Butterfly Phelps tied Mark Spitz's record of winning seven gold medals in a single Olympic Games. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)BEIJING - AUGUST 16: Michael Phelps of the United States smiles after his victory in the Men's 100m Butterfly Final held at the National Aquatics Centre during Day 8 of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games on August 16, 2008 in Beijing, China. By winning gold in the Men's 100m Butterfly Phelps tied Mark Spitz's record of winning seven gold medals in a single Olympic Games. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
 

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