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The debate is on. Is swimmer Michael Phelps the greatest of all-time?

Posted by Betonline team on 8/17/2016 1:25:30 AM
The debate is on. Is swimmer Michael Phelps the greatest of all-time?

Bo Jackson played baseball and football at a high level before an injury ended his career.

Prime Time Deion Sanders played Major League Baseball and in the NFL too. Michael Jordon and Lebron James are considered great athletes too. But is United States swimmer Michael Phelps the greatest athlete of all-time?

Phelps announced his retirement on The Today Show and said, this time, he is serious.

“Done, done, done,” he told host Matt Lauer during an interview. “This time, I mean it. I wanted to finish my career how I wanted and this was the cherry on top of the cake.”

The debate around the water cooler these days is simple. Is Phelps the greatest of all-time? The traditional ball and bat guy is fighting the fact that Phelps is the most decorated athlete of all time. He now has 28 Olympic medals and 23 gold. At age 31, he is almost as dominant in the swimming pool as he was at 23 and 27.

And he’s the same competitor as Jordon. Before the 200-meter butterfly South African swimmer Chad le Clos’ shadow boxed in front of Phelps in the waiting room before the race, which earned him the now famous Phelps death stare. And Phelps knew he had to win after le Clos poked the bear.

Phelps went out like a missile and hung on, winning in 1:53.36. Le Clos finished fourth and Phelps won his 20th career gold. Later Phelps won his 21st gold during the 4x200 meter relay.

“Not only is this guy the greatest swimmer of all time and the greatest Olympian of all time, he’s maybe the greatest athlete of all time,” said Mark Spitz, who was considered the greatest swimmer until Phelps came along. “He’s the greatest racer who ever walked the planet.”

His 14th individual gold medal broke a 2,168-year-old Olympic record held by Leonidas of Rhodes that was set in 152 BC. How many of you were around then to see it?

He has more medals than 174 countries

“Leaving everything in the pool one last time is what I’m going to do,” Phelps said.

He’s been tweeting back and forth with former Baltimore Ravens linebacker and friend Ray Lewis who wrote earlier: “20 Gold Medals! Rumble young man rumble. Love you 4 life my man. Finish this! Baltimore 4 life, USA! Simply the Greatest.

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