FOX 25 viewers voted Michael Phelps the person of the year in the MyFoxBoston.com 2012 yearbook.
Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all-time, decided to end his Olympic career with the closing of the 2012 Summer Olympics.
The 27-year-old Phelps began his Olympic career at age 15. Phelps quickly became a household name as the youngest person to ever set a world swimming record with his 200-meter butterfly in 2001. Phelps would continue to smash world records for the rest of his career.
Phelps ended his career with a whopping 22 medals; 18 gold, two silver, and two bronze.
Here is a list of Phelps' medals and world records:
800-meter freestyle relay, 2012
200-meter individual medley, 2012
4x200-meter freestyle relay, 2012
4x100-meter medley relay, 2012
200-meter freestyle, 2008
100-meter butterfly, 2008
200-meter butterfly, 2008
200-meter individual medley, 2008
400-meter individual medley, 2008
400-meter freestyle relay, 2008
800-meter freestyle relay, 2008
400-meter medley relay, 2008
100-meter butterfly, 2004
200-meter butterfly, 2004
200-meter individual medley, 2004
400-meter individual medley, 2004
800-meter freestyle relay, 2004
400-meter medley relay, 2004
200-meter butterfly, 2012
400-meter freestyle relay, 2012
200-meter freestyle, 2004
400-meter freestyle relay, 2004
List from: UPI.COM
400 individual medley
400 freestyle relay
800 freestyle relay
400 medley relay
list from: USA Swimming