It may not have been quite as dramatic a race as Phelps was during his Bejing best, but the 27-year-old took silver during the 200-meter butterfly on Tuesday to capture his 19th medal overall, passing Soviet Union gymnast Larisa Latynina. Phelps won't match the eight gold medals he took home during the 2008 Games, but he will go down in history as the winningest Olympian ever.
Phelps has lost a little of his star power during these Games to teammate Ryan Lochte, winning two gold medals (including the US' first) between individual events and team relays. Still, it's a big day for Phelps, who had also caught some attention prior to the games for at least one accusation from a teammate that he has so much natural ability he doesn't work as hard as other swimmers.
All that appears to be past, and now the world is simply focusing on the total count, and the fact that Phelps will be remembered among the greatest Olympians ever to grace the international stage.
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We're suddenly swelling with Dutch pride.
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"I’m not going to take anything away from my ability, so when you ask me that question, I’m going to say, yes, I believe I’m one of the best receivers on the football team, next to Santonio Holmes."
–Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie, humbly evaluating his own skill set
A.J. Burnett came oh so close.
Watching AJ Burnett on MLB Net at SFO Airport. Base hit. Somewhere, Brian Cashman cheers.
— Peter King (@SI_PeterKing) August 1, 2012
We are at a loss for what to say about this one. They're clearly having fun down there in Tampa.