On June 30th, 1985, Michael and Deborah Phelps became the proud parents of a child that would go on to be the most decorated Olympian in history. Later diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, he began swimming at the age of 7 as an outlet for his energy, and by age 10, held a national record for his age group in the 100-meter butterfly. He began to train at the North Baltimore Aquatic Club under the guidance of swim coach Bob Bowman—the man who would go on to coach Phelps through his Olympic career.
Phelps turned out to be a phenomenon, dominating in nearly every swimming event he competed in, smashing world records and stunning crowds, earning him no less than seven World Swimmer of the Year Awards.
Although Phelps has announced his retirement as an Olympic athlete after the 2016 Rio Olympics, he continues to fascinate the world through his almost superhuman athletic achievements. Indeed, his achievements are far beyond the norm, and so with that in mind, let’s take a look at 7 insane facts about Michael Phelps.