First of all, how cute is that picture?! It must be a special Olympics for Michael Phelps, being a first time dad, but it’s also special because he’s continuing to break more and more records! He has now equalled a 2,168-year-old Olympic record for individual event successes. When Phelps reclaimed the 200m butterfly title on Tuesday night, he levelled the record of 12 successes set by Leonidas of Rhodes in the original Greek Games in 152 BC.
Though Phelps is the most decorated Olympian with 21 gold medals (as well as two silver and two bronze), nine of his triumphs have come as part of a relay team – an event that was not present in the Games of 152 B.C.
It’s almost hard to imagine the time when Phelps was still dreaming of his first medal. CBS Baltimore affiliate WJZ on Wednesday dusted off a 15-year-old video from the archives showing Phelps, talking about his hopes for gold in the coming years.