Gold medalist Katie Ledecky and bronze medalist Leah Smith pose on the podium at the medal ceremony for the women's 400-meter freestyle at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium on Aug. 7, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro.
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 07: Katie Ledecky of United States poses with her Gold medal from the Women's 400m Freestyle during Day 2 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Olympic Aquatics Stadium on August 7, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
Why Michael Phelps's First Rio Gold Medal Was Incredible
The Rio 2016 Olympic Games are in full swing and the most decorated athlete in history, Michael Phelps is already breaking records. Swimming in the men’s 4×100-meter freestyle relay alongside Nathan Adrian, Ryan Held and Caeleb Dressel Sunday night, the 31-year-old helped earn gold for Team USA, but not without mindblowing form. Here, three reasons the swimmer’s first gold in Rio was incredible.
Gold medalist Michael Phelps of the United States celebrates on the podium during the medal ceremony for the Men's 200m Butterfly Final on Day 4 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium on August 9, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.