Michael Phelps was named SI 2008 Sportsman of the Year on Tuesday. Here are several stories and photo galleries chronicling Phelps' rise to glory over the years:

Gallery: Michael Phelps' Golden Journey

Gallery: Michael Phelps' SI Covers

Gallery: Phelps' Frame-By-Frame Win at the 100-meter Butterfly

Gallery: Michael Phelps' SI on Campus Photo Shoot

We Are All Witnesses By Susan Casey, August 25, 2008 Michael Phelps now belongs to history. For the rest of us the memories -- and indelible images -- of the Greatest Olympic Performance Ever won't be forgotten anytime soon.

Eight Is Not Enough By S.L. Price, August 25, 2008

Gold Mind By Susan Casey, August 18, 2008 In a week of new records and high drama Michael Phelps went deep into his own head to push his body into uncharted waters.

The Quest By Susan Casey, July 28, 2008 A story of what it takes to win eight gold medals, in eight parts.

Lock Meets Lochte By Kelli Anderson, July 7, 2008 In launching his quest for eight gold medals, Michael Phelps barely held off Ryan Lochte, the best swimmer you've never heard of.

Mind Boggling By Brian Cazeneuve, April 9, 2007 By demolishing records and winning seven -- should have been eight -- golds at the worlds, Michael Phelps left his sport awestruck.

Only Human By Brian Cazeneuve, August 1, 2005 Michael Phelps fizzled in his first event at the world championships but didn't waste any time bouncing back.

Tarnished Gold? By Brian Cazeneuve, November 22, 2004 A DUI bust could take Olympic champ Michael Phelps out of the fast lane.

Quite A Splashdown By Brian Cazeneuve, October 18, 2004 Riding the wave of his Athens success, Michael Phelps went on a 15-city victory tour that surprised even him.

Break Out the Bubbly By Kelli Anderson, August 30, 2004 In a roller-coaster week for U.S. swimmers, Michael Phelps won eight medals, but his finest stroke may have been an act of kindness.

Water Boy By Rick Reilly, August 30, 2004 There went Michael Phelps again, virtually alone in the water, churning like a Waring blender, going after one last goal--a $5 blue-and-white inflatable kids' raft.

Water Craft By Tim Layden, August 23, 2004 Michael Phelps's ambitious gold rush hit a couple of bronze bumps, but he remained the center of attention as his medal haul grew, befitting the world's most versatile swimmer. Why He's So Good By Tim Layden, August 2, 2004 Four swimming greats critique Michael Phelps's strokes.

Michael Phelps By Tim Layden, August 2, 2004 Hold Your Breath. The prodigy from Baltimore is about to attempt the greatest feat in Olympic history.

Spitz Take By Brian Cazeneuve, February 23, 2004 U.S. swimmer Michael Phelps could win more medals in Athens than some guy named Mark -- if he can just decide which of his many strokes to unleash. Phelps Is On The Way By Brian Cazeneuve, April 14, 2003 Michael Phelps announced himself as an Olympic favorite after winning three events at the U.S. Nationals.

Swimming By Brian Cazenueve, August 6, 2001 Michael Phelps may be wet behind the ears, but he was fast beyond his years at the worlds.

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