By Kayla Amora, EnStarz | Jul 30, 2012 10:05 PM EDT
Michael Phelps dominated the Beijing Olympics in 2008, winning 8 gold medals. The star swimmer quickly disappointed in the 2012 London Olympic games coming in fourth place during the first race. However, after winning silver in the 4x100 Freestyle relay on Monday, Americans are hopeful Phelps will break the all-time record of Olympic medal earnings while in London.
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"Let's just chalk Phelps' Day 1 disaster up to a case of jet lag and forget about the whole thing. The truth is that he's just as fast as ever, and he's going to prove it in the days to come," Jesse Reed, a featured columnist for Bleacher Report says.
Fans are forgiving of his less than perfect run in the 400-meter individual medley, in which US swimmer, Ryan Lochte, took gold.
Finishing well in the 4x100 Freestyle on Monday came as a surprise since it is not Phelps' specialty. His more skilled race is the butterfly, which he will compete in on the Tuesday, July 31 Olympic games.
Phelps has 5 more swimming relays in the 2012 Olympic games to secure breaking a yet another record.
He has an astounding record of 14 Olympic gold medals, including eight he earned in 2008. Phelps currently has a total of 17 and will need to earn 2 more medals of any degree to break the all-time record of Olympic medal earnings. The current record-holder, Russian gymnast Larisa Latynina, holds 18 medal wins.
Here are the final 5 races for Michael Phelps in the 2012 London Olympic games:
200-Meter Butterfly on July 31
200-Meter Freestyle Relay on July 31
200-Meter Individual Medley on August 2
100-Meter Butterfly on August 3
100-Meter Medley Relay on August 4
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