updated 10:49 a.m. ET, Mon., Aug. 18, 2008
A hearty shout-out from the president, tears of joy rolling down his mother’s face, a final swim stroke that nearly cost him history, football fans who wouldn’t know a backstroke from sunstroke cheering wildly for him – these are the memories Olympic hero Michael Phelps carries with him from the Beijing Games.
Most Olympic gold medals
14 — Michael Phelps, U.S., swimming (2004-6; 2008-8)