I'm not ready to call Michael Phelps the greatest Olympian ever.
As far as I'm concerned, he's certainly the most accomplished Olympian.
The hardware in the above picture is testament to that.
Here are some others I've heard mentioned as being the best:
And that's just OUR COUNTRY... And to a lesser extent: just the Summer Games.
That being said, I owe Mr. Phelps an apology.
I wrote that he didn't win that race (100 meter butterfly) last Friday.
In the true spirit of Americana - there are now pictures to prove me wrong:
Sports Illustrated really turned up the volume on their coverage of this controversy:
So it looks like Phelps is going to lose:
Yup, give this one to the Serb:
Are they both touching?
Upon closer inspection (same photo as directly above - just enlarged):
And that's what one hundredth of a second looks like:
Even the Serbs, after reviewing the FINA footage, conceded.
I guess there's really no reason for me to stop hating.