Olympic Swimming 2012: Michael Phelps Race-by-Race Review of Final Games

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Olympic Swimming 2012: Michael Phelps Race-by-Race Review of Final Games
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Michael Phelps came into the 2012 Olympic Games in London needing just three overall medals to become the most decorated athlete in Olympic history. Phelps had no problem whatsoever earning that record, and he ended up doing so much more.

In what Phelps says will be the final competition of his career, he ended his Olympic career in remarkable fashion. Phelps earned four golds and six overall medals as part of his seven-race program, bringing himself to extraordinary career totals of 18 golds and 22 overall medals that may never be broken.

Phelps’ Games got off to a slow start, but they finished in extraordinary fashion, as he earned four consecutive golds in his final four races, concluding with Saturday’s medley relay victory.

In the following slides, we take a look at each of Phelps’ seven races from London, and what they meant to his final Games.

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