On Wednesday's live results show, host Nick Cannon introduced the Olympic record setter at the start of the show, and Phelps was meant with boisterous applause and the familiar chant of "U.S.A.! U.S.A.! U.S.A.!"
"I hate to lose, number one," the 31-year-old icon said, smiling. "My biggest thing is, I started goal setting when I was nine years old, and I literally dreamt for the stars and dreamt for the biggest possible thing I could think of: I wanted to change the sport of swimming and I wanted to do something nobody had ever done before."