Michael Phelps has now won 21 Olympic medals. Let’s say that again. Michael Phelps has won 21 Olympic medals.
But Sebastian Coe, the chairman of the London Games, said he does not consider Phelps the greatest-ever Olympian.
He said that while Phelps is the “the most successful, my personal view is that he is not the greatest.”
Coe mentioned rower Steve Redgrave, decathlete Daley Thompson (both Brits) and American sprinter and long jumper Jesse Owens.
You can make an argument that Owens delivered the greatest Olympic performance ever at the 1936 Berlin Games.
But Phelps was at least almost as dominant at the 2008 Games. And he’s followed that effort with a dazzling performance here in London.
He’s the greatest. That’s my opinion.