How many Olympic gold medals has Michael Phelps won in his lifetime?
2,000 years ago, Leonidas of Rhodes competed in three track events in successive Olympics in 164 BC, 160 BC, 156 BC and 152 BC. In heat that easily exceeded 100 degrees, Leonidas won 12 individual gold medals in four Olympics. That record has never been broken until Michael Phelps came along and nearly doubled it. This year, Phelps entered the Olympics with 18 gold medals and four silvers and added some more bling to his collection with five more gold medals and an additional silver. Phelps has announced that Rio will be his last Olympics and the merman will be hanging up his speedo once and for all. Source: The New York Times