Michael Phelps became the most decorated Olympian of all-time Tuesday night, earning his 18th and 19th medals and breaking the record previously held by Ukrainian gymnast Larisa Latynina. While Phelps is considered by many the greatest Olympian ever, don't count Latynina, who was a member of the Soviet Union's team, among them. She still thinks she's the best ever.
Latynina had the following to say in an interview with Yahoo! Sports:
"Do I think I am still the greatest Olympian? Why yes, but that is my opinion. Why do I think this? Well I did not only compete in three Olympic Games and won many medals, but the Soviet Union team had great success when I was the coach."
Latynina won nine golds and 18 total medals in her three Olympics spanning from 1956-64. She also coached the Soviet Union to 10 gold medals in the 1970s.
On Tuesday night Phelps earned a silver in the 200-meter butterfly, before anchoring the United States' gold-medal 4x200-meter relay effort.
Phelps now has 15 gold medals, two silvers and two bronzes. But lest you think Latynina was just being bitter about losing her record, she had the following to say about the new record holder: "I have met him and I liked him. He was a nice person and, of course, he is a great swimmer. It is special what he has done."
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