Michael Phelps is considered the greatest Olympic athlete of all time, and Sports Illustrated’s latest issue shows why.
Phelps appeared on his 12th cover for the magazine wearing all 23 Olympic gold medals for the first time (he left the five non-gold medals at home, it seems).
The most decorated Olympic athlete in history sat down with the magazine to discuss his decision to retire, which he announced in August during the 2016 Games in Rio. He won six more medals there in what he says was his final Olympics appearance ― five gold and one silver.
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