Michael Phelps stood on the Olympic medal podium a few times before his Tuesday night win in the 200 meter butterfly. In fact, his gold medal in the 200 fly marked his 20th gold medal, and his 24th Olympic medal over all.
On Sunday evening, Phelps stood on the podium with teammates Nathan Adrian, Caeleb Dressel, and Ryan Held after the 4×100 meter freestyle relay. And when Held broke down in tears, Phelps was the one telling him it was ok:
“It’s good to see the emotion of those young guys. It shows they really do care and they love what they’re doing.”
— Mellissa (minus 1 L) (@Minus_OneL) August 8, 2016
But after giving his all to best South African swimmer Chad le Clos in the long-awaited rematch, Phelps, too, was overcome by the moment when he heard the opening notes of “The Star-Spangled Banner”:
And America noticed:
Michael Phelps earning his 20th gold medal and crying at the national anthem is TOO MUCH FOR MY WITTLE HEART TO TAKE http://pic.twitter.com/S1sfaoa186
— Savannah Young (@savvy_young) August 10, 2016
— Victoria Lynn (@viictoria_lynn) August 10, 2016
My heart❤️ nothing more genuine than Michael Phelps crying during the National Anthem for his 20th gold medal????????????❤️ #Rio2016
— Chelsea Steinhauser (@chell1444) August 10, 2016
Michael Phelps crying while the national anthem played and the American flag was raised was one of the greatest moments of the Olympics yet
— Marissa Fleeger (@marissa_fleeger) August 10, 2016
Michael Phelps crying during the national anthem may be the most attractive thing I’ve ever witnessed in my life
— Grace Scott (@_graceescott) August 10, 2016
Phelps stepped off the medal stand, and made a beeline for the stands. His first stop? Mom:
— Carl Gustav (@CaptYonah) August 10, 2016
And then partner Nicole Johnson:
And baby Boomer got some love too:
Phelps began to climb back down to the pool deck, leaving his family with just two words: “One more.” (He had one more race – the 4×200 freestyle relay – to swim before the end of the night.)
His mother waved him off with a two word reply: “Do it!” And he did. Phelps anchored the relay team – that also included Ryan Lochte, Townley Haas, and Conor Dwyer – to yet another gold medal finish to cap off the evening.
Source: independent journal
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