"I told those guys I wanted a big lead: "You better give me a biiig lead." And they gave it to me. So I just wanted to hold on. And I thanked them for being able to allow me to have this moment."

— U.S. swimmer Michael Phelps, giving his teammates a "pep talk" before winning his record-setting 19th Olympic Medal in the 4x200m freestyle relay.

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