It's Official: Michael Phelps is the Golden Man

Andrew KaakeCorrespondent IIAugust 16, 2008

It had never been done before; it may never be done again. Micheal Phelps has won eight gold medals in a single Olympic Games, surpassing Mark Spitz's 36-year-record of seven medals. In winning those eight golds, Phelps has set seven world records.

"I'm more at a loss of words than I was yesterday," Phelps said when asked about the win in the 4x100m freestyle relay. "I'm honored." 

Phelps medaled in the 400m IM, the 4x100m freestyle relay, the 200m freestyle, the 200m butterfly, the 4x200m freestyle relay, the 200m IM, his slimmest margin of .01 seconds in the 100m butterfly, and the 4x100m freestyle.

Now, there is no speculation about whether or not he will break the single-Games medal record. He owns 16 medals, 14 of which are gold, eight of which were earned in the 2008 Summer Olympics. Michael Phelps will go down in history as one of the greatest athletes of all time.

What did he think of this year's Olympics? "It was a great experience for me, and one I'll have forever."