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Michael Phelps celebrates his 35th birthday on Tuesday.
By almost any measure, the Maryland native is the greatest Olympian in history, piling up a Summer Games medal count that is truly unbelievable when you list it all out: 23 gold medals, three silver and two bronze.
His 28 total medals at the Summer Olympics are 10 clear of the next closest individual, former Soviet Union gymnast Larisa Latynina. His 23 golds are 14 more than the nine collected by Latynina, Paavo Nurmi and fellow American Olympic legends Carl Lewis and Mark Spitz.
Phelps appeared in five Olympics, making his Summer Games’ debut in 2000 in Sydney when he was just 15 years old. By 2004,