A statue from FINA, presented to Michael Phelps earlier Sunday night, after winning his 22nd and final Olympic medal. The trophy declared him, "The Greatest Olympic Athlete of All Time".
FINA is the International Federation recognized by the International Olympic Committee for administering international competition in the aquatic sports. Their motto, "Water is Our World".
“I did it,” Phelps said simply after an emotional day in which the 27-year-old Baltimore swimmer bade farewell to the sport he transformed. “Through the ups and down of my career, I’ve been able to do everything I’ve wanted to accomplish. I’ve been able to do things that nobody has ever done, and that’s something I’ve always wanted to do. “The memories that I’ve had from this week will never go away.”
Michael Phelps is the most decorated Olympian in history, and finished his career with a gold-medal performance. Phelps has 18 career Olympic gold medals, two silver and two bronze, making him the most decorated Olympian in history with 22 medals.
In the 2012 London Olympics, Phelps won four golds and two silver medals. All-in-all he has won 71 medals in major international long-course competition, 57 gold, 11 silver, and 3 bronze.