As cliché as it sounds, it really is true. Sometimes we have to fall before we can rise higher. This has certainly been the case for swimmer Michael Phelps, who left us holding our breath after finishing 4th in his first race of the 2012 Olympic Games. But this amazing athlete did what all great heroes do. He rose from the depths of defeat to claim an even greater victory. Winning his 21st Olympic medal, Phelps is now the most decorated Olympian in history and to celebrate his achievement, we’re sharing a few of our favorite snapshots of the sexy swimmer who is now dripping in gold.