In 2008, at the Beijing Summer Olympics, Michael Phelps broke an Olympic record and became the most decorated gold medalist in history. Phelps won eight gold medals at the Beijing Olympics, resulting in an astonishing 19 gold medals throughout his Olympic career. Phelps is now a swimming legend with a record extremely difficult to beat. http://sports.espn.go.com/oly/summer08/columns/story?id=3539386 (Courtney Petersen)
Mark Spitz won seven gold medals at the 1972 Summer Olympics, an achievement only surpassed by Michael Phelps who won eight golds at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. Spitz set new world records in all seven events in which he competed, a record that still stands. Since the year 1900, no other swimmer has ever gained so great a percentage of all the medals awarded for Olympic events held in a single Games.
China, host of the 2008 Summer Olympics, has taken the more colorful route to transform their National Aquatic Center, popularly known as the "Water Cube." Once the venue of the Olympic swimming competitions, where Michael Phelps broke records and won eight gold medals, the Water Cube (or at least half of it) is now home to "Happy Magic Water Cube Water Park" with numerous water-rides, spa pools, wave pools, a "lazy river," and 13 water slides including the ...
The 2008 Summer Olympics were held in Beijing, China. In this Olympic Games, 25 world swimming records were broken. The top medalists were Michael Phelps from USA with eight gold medals, Kai Zou from China with three gold medalists, and Usain Bolt from Jamaica with three gold medalists.