Phelps hopes to challenge these alltime-best single-Games performances
?Alexander Dityatin, Soviet gymnast (above), 1980. The then 22-year-old from Leningrad won three gold, four silver and one bronze and became the first male Olympic gymnast to score a 10.0 (in the vault). He won six of his medals on the same day.
? Mark Spitz, U.S. swimmer, 1972 (7 gold)
? Matt Biondi, U.S. swimmer, 1988 (5 gold)
?Willis Lee, U.S. shooter, 1920 (5 gold)
?Nikolai Andrianov, Soviet gymnast, 1976 (4 gold)
?Boris Shakhlin, Soviet gymnast, 1960 (4 gold)
?Lloyd Spooner, U.S. shooter, 1920 (4 gold)
?Maria Gorokhovskaya, Soviet gymnast, 1952 (2 gold)
?Mikhail Voronin, Soviet gymnast, 1968 (2 gold)
? Mark Spitz, U.S. swimmer (above), 1972. The then 22-year-old from Sacramento set world records in all of his events in Munich.
? Kristin Otto, East German swimmer, 1988. Otto likely would have won a seventh gold had there been three women's relays, as there are today.
?Vitaly Scherbo, Unified Team gymnast, 1992. He was the childhood idol of current U.S. star Paul Hamm.