Perhaps the second week of the Olympics will provide another major star but for now it is safe to say these Olympic games belong to one Michael Phelps of Ann Arbor, Michigan. In short, he has dominated the action not only in the pool but the entire Olympics.
He came into these games under extreme pressure to perform well and so far, he is responding in unbelievable fashion.
The 23-year old came in hoping to win eight gold medals and Tuesday, he took giant strides in that direction by picking up two more, giving him five. And in each event, he's set a world record.
His wins today came in the 200-meter butterfly and 800 freestyle relay. He hung on for the win in the fly despite the fact his goggles were leaking and he couldn't see well.
His winning time in the 200 was 1:52.03 while in the relay the U.S. team smashed the 7-minute barrier with a time of 6:58.56. The rest of the U.S. team consisted of Ryan Lochte (LAHK'-tee), Ricky Berens and Peter Vanderkaay.
Phelps now has eleven career gold medals, more than any other Olympian in history.
In the women's 200 individual medley, Natalie Coughlin (KAHG'-lihn) finished third while fellow American Katie Hoff was fourth. The winner was Australia's Stephanie Rice.