This Day In Sports History (August 13th) — Michael Phelps
It was on this day in 2008 that Michael Phelps won his tenth and eleventh career gold medals. His tenth gold gave him the most Olympic gold medals for any athlete in both the Summer and Winter Olympic Games’ modern history.
It was the men’s 200m butterfly in which Phelps won his tenth career gold, setting a new world record. In the first six events Phelps competed in at the 2008 games, not only did he win gold medals in each, but he also set new world records in all six competitions. In his seventh race, Phelps once again won gold, setting an Olympic record. And in his final race, he won his eighth gold in the men’s 4 X 100 meter relay, as he and his fellow U.S. teammates set a new world record.
When it was all said and done, Phelps won eight gold medals and recorded seven new world records, a feat that will surely stand the test of time.
Here is VISA’s commercial in honor of Phelps’ eight gold medal performance.
Jay Buhner, MLB – Born August 13th 1964 (age 49) in Louisville, Kentucky
Shayne Corson, NHL – Born August 13th 1966 (age 47) in Barrie, Ontario
Corey Patterson, MLB – Born August 13th 1979 (age 34) in Atlanta, Georgia