Age: 23 (Date of birth: June 30, 1985)
Place of birth: Baltimore, United States
Unusual physique with a long torso and comparatively short legs, provides minimal resistance in the water.
One gold medal at 2001 world championships (200m butterfly)
Four gold medals at 2003 world championships (200m butterfly, 200m individual medley, 400m individual medley, 4×100 medley relay)
FIRST OLYMPICS TRIUMPHS
Six gold medals at 2004 Olympics in Athens (100m butterfly, 200m butterfly, 200m individual medley, 400m individual medley, 4×200 freestyle relay, 4×100 medley relay)
Two bronze medals at 2004 Olympics (200m freestyle, 4×100 freestyle relay)
FIRST POST-TRIUMPH STUMBLE
Sentenced to 18 months probation in December 2004 after pleading guilty to drunken driving in Maryland.
STAR CONTINUES TO RISE
Five gold medals at 2005 world championships (200m freestyle, 200m individual medley, 4×100 freestyle relay, 4×200 freestyle relay, 4×100 medley relay)
Seven gold medals at 2007 World Championships (200m freestyle, 100m butterfly, 200m butterfly, 200m individual medley, 400m individual medley, 4×100 freestyle relay and 4×200 freestyle relay)
OLYMPICS HISTORY IN BEIJING
Eight gold medals at the Beijing Summer Olympics to eclipse Mark Spitz’s 1972 record of seven (400m individual medley, 4x100m freestyle relay, 200m freestyle, 200m butterfly, 4×200 freestyle relay, 200m individual medley, 100m butterfly, 4×100 medley relay)
Earns $1 million bonus from sponsors
Becomes most successful Olympian of all time with a career tally of 14 golds, five more than anyone else.