Meet the Hickok Belt Award® Winners

Past Hickok Belt Award ® winners are truly a select group – a veritable who’s who of sports icons. The award has celebrated the incredible careers of leading figures throughout sports. With names like Ali, Mantle, Brown, Namath, Palmer, Phelps and James it is an impressive list to be sure. To learn more about the amazing athletes behind the award including video highlights of their accomplishments, please enjoy the listings below.


Michael Phelps (2016)

American swimmer Michael Phelps, holds the record for winning the most medals in Olympic history with a total of 28 overall medals including 23 gold. Born in Baltimore in 1985, Phelps began swimming at age 7. By age 15, Phelps qualified for the USA swim team and competed in the 2000 Olympic Games, beginning his storied Olympic career. At the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, Phelps racked up 8 golds, breaking Mark Spitz’s previous record of 7 gold medals in a single Olympics. After the 2012 Olympics, Phelps retired from the sport, only to regain the fire and return to dominate the 2016 Games in Rio, adding 5 more golds and a silver to his legacy as the most decorated Olympian of all time.

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