More than 12 years after first making it onto the cover of Sports Illustrated magazine, Michael Phelps has made it a clean dozen, posing with all 23 Olympic gold medals for the cover of this week’s SI.
You can check out the cover on the Sports Illustrated website here, and you can also read SI‘s lengthy feature piece on Phelps’ farewell Olympics.
The 31-year-old Phelps competed in what he says were his last-ever Olympic Games this past summer, leading all male swimmers with 5 golds and a silver medal. That pushed him further ahead of history in total medals. Phelps, already the most-decorated Olympian in history prior to Rio, now has 23 Olympic golds and 28 total Olympic medals to his name.
We nerded out on some numbers this summer, using the size specifications of each Olympic Games’ medals to figure out how much Phelps’ collection weighs in all. The final number? 18 pounds. Phelps’ latest Sports Illustrated cover has him wearing all of his career golds (about 14.44 lbs) around his neck.
You can also check out a bonus photo from the Sports Illustrated Twitter page, featuring Phelps showing off all 18 lbs and all 28 medals spread out across his arms:
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— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) December 20, 2016