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Coming up this evening at 9 p.m., "Piers Morgan Tonight" welcomes the man who's won more Olympic medals that any other – swimmer Michael Phelps.
A 17-time medal winner, Phelps now stands just one shy of Soviet gymnast Larisa Latynina's record of 18. For the native of Baltimore, however, representing his country is the biggest victory of all:
"Being able to wear the stars and stripes and step up onto the block, you know, when you step off of an airplane or when you hear the national anthem play," he tells Piers Morgan. "It's one of the greatest feelings in the world to just know that there are people at home who are supporting you and watching you."
Swimming now in his third Olympics, and having twice tied the record with eight medals of any type at a single games, the 27-year-old insists London represents his final competitive competition. But through all his success, all across the globe, Phelps still remains loyal to his roots:
"I think, for me, being an American is one of the greatest things in the world...I've been able to grow up with everything. The freedom. In my eyes this is the greatest country in the world," explains the six-time World Swimmer of the Year Award winner. "Throughout my career, I've been able to travel overseas and represent my country the best way that I could."
Watch the clip, and listen to the interview, then tune in tonight at 9 p.m. for a candid conversation with the man viewed as one of the most-dominant Olympic athletes of all time.
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