Most Influential Athletes
The 2008 roundup from AskMen.com
Michael Phelps - #3
2008 marked the third Olympic odyssey for Michael Phelps and he owned the pool, setting a record with eight gold medal victories, with seven of them coming in world-record time. Known for his generosity, Michael Phelps spent some of his endorsement money to create a children's swimming foundation.
2008's Claim to Fame: A record-breaking swimmer, Michael Phelps made history at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.