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MICHAEL PHELPS ? 22
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18 Gold, 2 Silver, 2 Bronze
2004 Athens, 2008 Beijing, 2012 London
Phelps held several Olympic medal records entering the 2012 Games, including most medals at a single Olympics (eight, tied with 1980 Russian gymnast Alexander Ditayatin), most gold medals at a single Olympics (eight in 2008, one more than U.S. swimmer Mark Spitz in 1972), most individual gold medals in a single Olympics (five, tied with U.S. speedskater Eric Heiden and Belarus gymnast Vitaly Scherbo), and most career gold medals (14, 18 counting his London golds). In London, Phelps broke the all-time record for career medals, surpassing Soviet gymnast Larisa Latynina (18).