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AP PHOTOS: A look at Michael Phelps' Olympic glory

Saturday - 8/4/2012, 9:12pm  ET

By The Associated Press

(AP) - Michael Phelps heads into retirement the only way imaginable _ with an 18th Olympic gold medal.

Since his Olympic debut as a 15-year-old in Sydney a dozen years ago, Phelps has won twice as many golds as any other Olympian. His total of 22 medals is easily the best mark, too.

Phelps capped off a mind-boggling career with a victory in the 4x100-meter medley relay Saturday.

Here's a look back at Phelps' Olympic career in photos:


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