July 27, 2012 12:00 AM
" There's not much doubt that Michael Phelps is going to leave London having made history.
He's three medals away from the all-time record of 18 and he's swimming seven events, so injury is the only thing that will keep him from grabbing that one and likely extending his record for the most gold medals of all time. Phelps will also be trying to win a third straight gold medal in four events, something that no swimmer has done even once and which would put an exclamation point on a staggering run of dominance that we aren't likely to see again.
If he pulls those things off, Phelps will have a very strong argument as the greatest Olympic athlete of all time. Plenty of people have dominated once, a select few have dominated twice but no one has dominated three straight Olympics in the way that Phelps threatens to do in London.
Should Phelps pull it off, he will be writing the final chapter of his Olympic career with a performance that will strengthen that argument a great deal "
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