Michael Phelps is the most decorated swimmer in the sport’s history and has more Olympic medals than any human in history with 28, ahead of Soviet gymnast Larisa Latynina who has 18 across three Olympics from 1956-1964.

Although what Phelps has done was unprecedented, he wants kids to believe that they are fully capable of achieving what he achieved.

“A lot of people thought that what I did was impossible,” Phelps told The National, a newspaper based in the United Arab Emirates.