With 16 Olympic medals -- including 14 gold -- Michael Phelps needs just three more to become the most-decorate Olympian ever. Can anyone stop him in London? Turns out his biggest competition might come from his teammate, Ryan Lochte, a six-time medalist himself.
When Phelps won a record eight gold medals at the Beijing Olympics, Lochte has made it his top priority to be the best swimmer in the world. He's accomplished that goal, having ruled the pool at the 2010 Pan-Pacific Championships (six gold medals) and the 2009 (four) and 2011 (five) World Championships. As Phelps struggled with his times and his drive to show up for practice every day, Lochte took advantage of the situation.
Though neither has officially decided yet what events they will swim in London, let alone next week's U.S. Olympic Team Trials in Omaha, it's expected that Lochte and Phelps will meet in at least two individual finals, the 200-meter IM and 200m freestyle.