Michael Phelps Featured On 12th Sports Illustrated Cover

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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samuel huntington

wow !


I saw a gold medal once. I asked the recipient, who had won a few, how he kept track of which one was which. The medals are engraved on the edges with the event, year, place. MP can keep track of all of those when they come out of whatever display he uses.

Lane Four

DAMN! WOW!!!!!! DOUBLE WOW!!!!!!! That’s it. That is all I have. I am speechless! A God from Mount Olympus.

Lane Four

The Sports Illustrated cover shot is awe inspiring. That one leaves you speechless.

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