New Michael Phelps Documentary Series to Debut on Peacock on April 14

The Peacock streaming series “Michael Phelps: Medals, Memories & More” will premiere on April 14 on NBC’s streaming service, the network announced on Tuesday.

The series, first announced in February, will feature 3 episodes where Michael Phelps, along with Olympic broadcasters Dan Hicks and Rowdy Gaines, will watch every race of his Olympic career together, and break each one down.

Phelps, who retired after the 2016 Summer Olympics, is the most-decorated athlete in modern Olympic history with 28 total medals, including 23 gold. His Olympic career spanned 5 Games, beginning in Sydney in 2000 and continuing on to Athens 2004, Beijing 2008 (where he won a record 8 golds), London 2012, and Rio 2016.

All three episodes will drop on-demand on April 14, which marks 100 days until the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics on July 23.

From NBC:

In the three-part series, Phelps speaks with Rowdy Gaines and Dan Hicks, NBC Sports swimming commentators from the past six Summer Games, as he relives his storied Olympic career by watching each race. Each episode of the series will feature a different era of his career. In the first episode, “Greatness Begins,” viewers will travel back to his first Olympic appearance as a 15-year-old in the Sydney Olympic Games. Episode two, “Eight Golden Races,” focuses on the details that made his performances extraordinary. The third and final episode, “London to Lasting Legacy,” provides unique perspective of his Olympic journey that spanned two decades.

The series will offer Phelps both the opportunity to reflect on his storied career, but also the chance to reframe what was at times a controversial career – for certain reasons that were seen in the mainstream (including his drunk driving arrests) and others that were more limited to the niche of the sport (including his disengagement in the leadup to the 2012 Olympics).

While some Peacock programs are only available on their paid tiers, the Phelps series will be available, at least initially, on Peacock Free.

The streaming service previously did a similar series with another controversial figure in the sport: In Deep with Ryan Lochte.

A trailer for the series is below:



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14 days ago

My brain read this as “Michael Phelps announces comeback for 2021 Olympic Games”

Mr Piano
14 days ago

I’m so excited for this! I always love it when Phelps breaks down his races, he sounds like a coach.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Mr Piano
14 days ago


D relay all-star
Reply to  Mr Piano
11 days ago

You can almost hear Bob Bowman whispering in Michael’s ear. 🙂

PK Doesn't Like His Long Name
14 days ago

“Now Michael, when you were breathing to your right, what did you think was going on with the people on your left?”

Reply to  PK Doesn't Like His Long Name
14 days ago

“Michael, I notice you were breathing to your right on the last lap of the 4IM in order to see Lochte and Cseh”

“Rowdy I was also breathing to my right on the previous lap”

ohhh I would pay money to see that.

Reply to  Penguin
14 days ago

For all the hate Rowdy gets, he’s actually pretty good as an **Olympic** commentator, and has made some great races even more exciting. Also, swimming gets a lot of attention from non-swimmers at the Olympics, so saying things like “he’s breathing to the right” makes it seem like a real RACE, a duel between lanes. But he’s AWFUL at basically any other competition, and the swimming world needs a replacement. I literally watched NCAAs on mute, because his commentating passed the point of being comically bad to truly making the viewing experience worse.

Reply to  Penguin
14 days ago

Dear Downvoters, what part do you disagree with?

Reply to  Penguin
14 days ago

that he’s good as an olympic commentator.

There's no doubt that he's tightening up
Reply to  PK Doesn't Like His Long Name
14 days ago

“When you beat Cavic by 0.01 in Beijing, were you immediately disappointed that you didn’t break Ian Crocker’s world record?”

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