Michael Phelps celebrates his 35th birthday on Tuesday.
By almost any measure, the Maryland native is the greatest Olympian in history, piling up a Summer Games medal count that is truly unbelievable when you list it all out: 23 gold medals, three silver and two bronze.
His 28 total medals at the Summer Olympics are 10 clear of the next closest individual, former Soviet Union gymnast Larisa Latynina. His 23 golds are 14 more than the nine collected by Latynina, Paavo Nurmi and fellow American Olympic legends Carl Lewis and Mark Spitz.
Phelps appeared in five Olympics, making his Summer Games’ debut in 2000 in Sydney when he was just 15 years old. By 2004, he was a major player on the Olympic stage, taking home six gold medals in Athens as well as two bronze.
But it’s his 2008 Games that cemented him as an all-time legend. In those Beijing Games, he broke Spitz’s decades-old record by bringing home eight gold medals (thanks, Jason Lezak!).
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What to watch
MLB (classic): The St. Louis Cardinals defeat the New York Mets, 3-1, in Game 7 of the 2006 NLCS, 11 a.m. ET on MLB Network.
Soccer (live): Brighton & Hove Albion aims to keep itself out of Premier League relegation zone when it hosts Manchester United, 3:10 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network.
NBA (classic): “Run TMC” combines for 71 points in the Golden State Warriors’ 109-106 win over the San Antonio Spurs in Game 3 of the first round of the Western Conference playoffs on May 1, 1991, 6 p.m. on NBATV.
NFL (classic): 2008 AFC Championship Game, in which the Pittsburgh Steelers defeat the Baltimore Ravens en route to victory in Super Bowl XLIII, 7 p.m. ET on CBS Sports Network.
NHL (classic): The Washington Capitals clinch their first Stanley Cup triumph with a 4-3 Game 5 win over the upstart Vegas Golden Knights, 7:30 p.m. ET on NHL Network.