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In a truly spell-binding performance, U.S. swimmer, Michael Phelps, set the all-time Olympic record by winning an unprecedented 8 gold medals at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.

However, Michael won 3 of his 8 “golds” as a member of U.S. relay teams.

In fact, if it wasn’t for a record-setting herculean effort by one of his teammates in the 4x100m freestyle relay, Phelps would not be the all-time gold medal record holder at the Olympics.

This is by no means meant to downplay Michael’s amazing athletic accomplishments. What a stunning and unbelievable performance!

I simply want to point out the
team effort involved in winning 3 of the 8 gold medals. Without every teammate contributing at their highest levels, Michael and the U.S. team would not have won the relay events.