Originally written on Fox Olympics  |  Last updated 11/17/14

ROME - AUGUST 02: Michael Phelps of the United States competes in the Men's 4x 100m Medley Relay Final during the 13th FINA World Championships at the Stadio del Nuoto on August 2, 2009 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)
Michael Phelps told them "thank you," which seemed like a pretty strange thing for a man who had just become the most decorated Olympic athlete of all time to say to teammates huddled around him after Tuesday's 4x200 gold medal-winning freestyle relay. "Thank you," American swimmer Ricky Berens said in response because, well, "you're welcome" seemed all wrong. "He can't thank us. We're thanking him." For 12 years and three Olympics, swimmers like Berens had the pleasure of swimming with and against, racing and training and winning -- yes mostly winning -- with one of the greatest Olympic athletes of all time. Now, after Tuesday, all of them will be able to tell children and grandchildren that they were teammates of the greatest Olympian of all time. Sorry, Carl. Because while Phelps technically passed Soviet gymnast Larisa Latynina on the Olympic medal scoreboard, 19-18, with that relay gold, the athlete he really tracked down and overtook was Carl Lewis. Lewis was the great Ol...
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