“…That’s why in the huddle I was saying to these guys, thank you for you guys making this possible. If I didn’thave a big enough lead, who knows what would have happened.” – Michael Phelps

MICHAEL PHELPS CAPTURED his 19th Olympic medal on Wednesday, which couldn’t have happened in that moment without his teammates, Ryan Lochte, Conor Dwyer, Ricky Berens, giving Phelps the most ever career medals of any athlete to compete in the Olympic games.

The London games was Phelps’s first time anchoring the 4×200-meter freestyle relay. That’s why the quote above after Team USA won was so poignant.

Now the greatest Olympian ever, Phelps broke the record previously held by Soviet gymnast Larisa Latynina, who accomplished a feat that will never be broken through gymnastics again, when she crashed through history in 1956, then in the 1960 and 1964 Olympiads.

Michael Phelps competes against teammate Ryan Lochte today in the 200 IM final, which is being defined as the greatest “epic final duel” in Olympics history. Sports Illustrated characterized it like this: Ryan Lochte vs. Michael Phelps. Mano-a-mano. Chlorinated testosterone.

So even for the most decorated Olympian ever, there’s still more work to be done.