Here are all 12 Sports Illustrated covers for Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time — capturing a record 23 golds and 28 overall medals in four Olympics.
August 16, 2016
1 of 12Simon Bruty
August 2, 2004
Michael Phelps strove for eight golds in Greece, he settled for six golds and two bronze.
2 of 12Heinz Kluetmeier
August 23, 2004
Getting along swimmingly, Michael Phelps' successes continue to ring true with each broken record dating back to Athens.
3 of 12Heinz Kluetmeier
February 3, 2005
In between Olympiads, Maryland native Michael Phelps was a big fish in the NCAA pools of Ann Arbor, Mich..
4 of 12Simon Bruty
July 28, 2008
Seeking circular closure to his goal for eight golds, Michael Phelps emerged as the face of the Beijing Olympics prior to the opening ceremonies.
5 of 12Simon Bruty
August 18, 2008
Michael Phelps got his feet and swimsuit wet before winning his first three events, including the men's 4 x100 freestyle relay.
6 of 12Simon Bruty
August 25, 2008
With eight gold medals hanging from his neck, Michael Phelps posed for SI's exclusive cover portrait after completing his Beijing swim through history.
7 of 12Heinz Kluetmeier
December 8, 2008
Michael Phelps graced the cover for the seventh time after he was named the 2008 Sports Illustrated Sportsman Of The Year.
8 of 12Heinz Kluetmeier
December 31, 2012
After a voting campaign that reached millions of sports fans across Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, the fans had spoken. Michael Phelps capping off his storied career at the London 2012 Summer Olympics was Sports Illustrated’s 2012 Moment of The Year.
9 of 12Simon Bruty
November 5, 2015
A year earlier the best swimmer in Olympic history was lost. Now, after coming to terms with himself, the best might lie ahead for Michael Phelps.
10 of 12Michael LeBrecht II (Durant); Al Tielemans (Ledecky); Simon Bruty (Biles; Felix; Eaton); Robert Beck (Phelps); Ben Van Hook (Morgan)
July 25-August 1, 2016
For six weeks, from Olympics opening to Paralympics closing, a disparate band of men and women represent ONE COUNRTY with one common goal: GOLD.
11 of 12Simon Bruty
August 22, 2016
Michael Phelps shares the cover (again) with Katie Ledecky and Simone Biles. This time, they pose with their Rio Olympic medals—Michael Phelps (six), Katie Ledecky (five) and Simone Biles (three, though she has since added another).
12 of 12Simon Bruty
December 29, 2016
The best sports year ever goes out on top. Just like the greatest Olympian of all time.
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