While the opening ceremony and women's gymnastics nearly tied for silver, Michael Phelps's record-breaking performance won him yet another gold. With 54 percent of your votes, he easily dove into the Best of 2008 on both our poll and Pop's poll.
He's still soaking in the gold light while promoting his book, posing for magazine covers, and appearing on talk shows like the Colbert Report. Look for him in London in 2012 where he plans to swim again, but not break any records. Because, really, whose record would he break — his?