With more Olympic medals under his belt than anyone else in history, Michael Phelps has led quite the life. But contrary to what his 28 gongs might imply, he isn’t actually superhuman. At the end of the day, he’s a normal person – and he’s experienced his fair share of problems, too.
Across his Olympic swimming career, the American athlete broke countless records and picked up the silverware to boot. Of his 28 medals over the years, a massive 23 are gold. He obtained eight of these in 2008, at the Beijing Olympiad. By doing so, in fact, he ended up surpassing fellow countryman Mark Spitz’s previous mark of seven wins in one tournament.