Beyond that, Michael’s performance will create ripples that will be remembered for years, maybe decades, to come by shattering numerous world records, not just in swim times, but in number of total Olympic medals won by any one individual. Some are even calling him the greatest Olympic athlete in history. I don’t know about that but I do know this much: although he may have eight gold medals from these Games, it had nothing to do with the Chinese belief in the the magic of number 8. His greatness comes from discipline, determination, dedication, and diligence uncommon to man. Of course, it always helps to have the flexibility of a fish and size 14 fins!