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2012 Olympics Swimming: Michael Phelps Final Swim Photos

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Michael Phelps had already said he planned to retire from swimming after the 2012 London Olympic Games, and he made it one to remember as he broke history and added more medals after that. Ryan Lochte got the most press, but Phelps got he sweetest victory, and here’s the photo journey from it.

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NBC reaped the best ratings with the 2012 London Olympic Games, and Michael Phelps is certainly one of the biggest reasons as this was his final Olympics and he’s declared that he’s retiring from the sport leaving it up to Ryan Lochte, Ricky Berens and Conor Dwyer to continue his legacy in 2016. Below are images from his final single men’s competitive Olympics swim in stunning hi-res.
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United States’ Michael Phelps swims in the men’s 4 X 100-meter medley relay at the Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

Michael Phelps holds silver trophy for breaking 2012 olympic games history

United States’ swimmer Michael Phelps holds up a silver trophy after being honored as the most decorated Olympian at the Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012. Phelps was honored with a special individual ceremony after concluding his record-breaking career Saturday as the most decorated Olympian. Phelps pushed the United States in front to win the medley relay Saturday in the final swimming event of the London Games, after which he is retiring.(AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

michael phelps swims to 2012 olympics gold history bulges with ryan lochte

United States’ Michael Phelps, right, swims in the men’s 4 X 100-meter medley relay final at the Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012. Phelps pushed the United States in front to win the medley relay Saturday in the final swimming event of the London Games, after which he is retiring. He leaves the sport with a record 18 golds and 22 medals overall.(AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

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United States’ Michael Phelps swims in the men’s 4 X 100-meter medley relay at the Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

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Debbie Phelps watches as her son United States swimmer Michael Phelps competes in the men’s 4 X 100-meter medley relay at the Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park during the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

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United States’ Michael Phelps watches teammate Nathan Adrian swim in the men’s 4 X 100-meter medley relay as he gets out of the water at the Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park during the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

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Michael Phelps, second from right, celebrates with members of the gold medal men’s 4 X 100-meter medley relay team at the Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

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United States’ Michael Phelps reacts after swimming in the men’s 4 X 100-meter medley relay at the Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

michael phelps shows off his bulge with gold medal at 2012 olympics

United States’ swimmer Michael Phelps poses with his gold medal in the men’s 4 x 100-meter medley relay at the Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

michael phelps throws flowers to mom debbie at 2012 london olympic games

United States’ Michael Phelps throws flowers to his mother Debbie after the men’s 4 X 100-meter medley relay at the Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park during the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

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United States swimmer Michael Phelps acknowledges fans after winning a gold medal in the men’s 4 X 100-meter medley relay at the Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park during the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

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United States’ men’s 4 X 100-meter medley relay team from left, Matthew Grevers, Michael Phelps, Nathan Adrian and Brendan Hansen pose with a banner thanking London after their gold medal win in the men’s 4 x 100-meter medley relay at the Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

michael phelps holds up silver medal breaking 2012 olympics history

United States’ swimmer Michael Phelps holds up a silver trophy after being honored as the most decorated Olympian at the Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012. Phelps was honored with a special individual ceremony after concluding his record-breaking career Saturday as the most decorated Olympian. Phelps pushed the United States in front to win the medley relay Saturday in the final swimming event of the London Games, after which he is retiring. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

michael phelps gets victory from behind ryan lochte at 2012 olympic games images

United States’ Michael Phelps waves the American Flag after getting his 18th gold medal at the Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

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19 comments
wiiman0001
wiiman0001

Actually it is. For international sports, the Olympics is the highest level of competition. Equestrian is a sport, table tennis is a sport, skeet shooting is a sport, these are sports that don't have their own "world series" or something like that. So I don't know how you could say that the Olympics is not the epitome of athletic accomplishment when everyone on the planet knows that it is, it's kind of obvious.

ihofaerefa
ihofaerefa

also, there are gold medals for all sorts of shit, (horse stuff, power walking)....that's not the epitome of athletic accomplishment.

ihofaerefa
ihofaerefa

The olympics, in name, are but in reality? Why is it bigger than an NBA title or a World Series? You can't win 18 medals as a basketball player but someone like Kobe or Lebron is a great athlete. Usain Bolt dominated his events but there aren't 8 events to do. Phelps is AMAZING but he's definitively the greatest athlete to ever walk this earth.

wiiman0001
wiiman0001

The Olympics is the epitome of athletic accomplishment. Not a world series, not a major, not an NBA title, not a Super Bowl ring, but an olympic gold medal. The Olympics is where the best athletes in the world go to compete, and Phelps is the best Olympican ever, therefore in my mind and in the mind of ESPN, he's the greatest ATHLETE ever.

ihofaerefa
ihofaerefa

there have been better athletes...he's the most accomplished olympian though

ELFATHER1313
ELFATHER1313

Phelps is a beast man! I'm so proud of being a American but this guy pumps me up even more!

wiiman0001
wiiman0001

Greatest ATHLETE to ever walk this Earth. Larisa Latynina had 18 career Olympic Medals, Phelps has that amount in GOLD alone! Most Olympic Medals of All-Time! Only Person to win 8 gold medals in a single games, no human had ever three-peated as an Olympic Gold Medalist, Phelps did it.....3 times!!!

xxangierulzxx
xxangierulzxx

Greatest ever! Nobody can ever replace him no matter what!:')

2011carswell
2011carswell

Phelps is that guy he's determined and dedicated he's a beast he had dreams and made history gud job phelps always been a fan since day 1 22 medals and still goin hard!!!!!!!!

DaddyFatSzack
DaddyFatSzack

Phelps is number 1 living legend, greatest swimmer EVER