He won eight gold medals at the Beijing 2008 Olympics and became the most decorated Olympic athlete after winning his 22nd medal in 2012.
He began swimming to burn off excess energy when he was seven, and was diagnosed with ADHD when he was ten.
He became the youngest male to make the U.S. swim team in 68 years, and revealed that he ate 12,000 calories each day during the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
He grew up in a house of women: his mom, Debbie, and his sisters, Whitney and Hilary. His parents divorced in 1994 and his father remarried in 2000.
He destroyed the Olympic records held by Mark Spitz and finished his Olympic career with an amazing eighteen Gold medals.
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