Olympic Swimming: Power Ranking Michael Phelps' 18 Gold Medal Performances

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Olympic Swimming: Power Ranking Michael Phelps' 18 Gold Medal Performances
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Michael Phelps' legendary Olympic career came to a close on Saturday, 12 years and 22 medals after he first entered our sporting universe.

Feels weird, doesn't it—to talk about Phelps in the past tense?

Michael Phelps swam in four Olympic Games.

He broke 39 world records (via Wikipedia).

He won 18 gold medals.

The man left us with a lot to digest.

So, we'll start with the latter—those 18 golds, power ranking each one in what I hope will be a sort of tastefully numbing tribute to the greatest Olympian of all time.

And away we go...

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