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Most Influential Athletes

The 2008 roundup from

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.


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