Result: Eight gold medals in the men's 400m individual medley; 4x100m freestyle relay; 200m freestyle; 200m butterfly; 4x200m freestyle relay; 200m individual medley; 100m butterfly; 4x100m medley relay
Key Words: 8 golds
Magic Index: ★★★★★
Description: The 23-year-old from Baltimore became the first-ever athlete to win eight gold medals at one Olympic Games. He set seven world records and one Olympic record, doing a personal best time in every event.
Words From the Heart: "Nothing is impossible. With so many people saying it couldn't be done, all it takes is an imagination, and that's something I learned and something that helped me."