The mother of the most successful Olympian in history has spoken of the pride she feels about her son's achievements.
Debbie Phelps was in Beijing to cheer US swimming legend, Michael, to eight Olympic gold medals - the most won by any competitor at a single games.
Since Michael clinched his eighth gold, as part of the US swim team which won the 4 by 100 metre medley relay final, the Phelps family has been the subject of constant public and media attention.
Michael appeared on television coast-to-coast across America and spoke to reporters from around the globe at a series of news conferences.
Looking truly relaxed for the first time since his quest for eight golds began 10 days ago, he joked with his mom and sisters Hilary and Whitney.
The family has seen little of Michael whilst he has been competing, but the intimacy between them in public after his historic victory spoke volumes for how close they are to one another.
Debbie Phelps was brimming with pride as she recounted her son's achievements.
She told AP Television she had got through the pressure of the week by doing what mothers do best - taking it one step at a time.
"Getting that first race in the water is very satisfying and - as Michael has said, and as you've heard probably in many media things - that sets the tone for his performance. So, every day you know I was having a mental checklist in my head going OK we've accomplished this - OK we are next here," she said.
"The very special thing to me was watching his emotions." she added. "The expectation he set for himself - he was able to leave it in the pool."
Michael's commitments in Beijing now turn to his sponsors, but he's preparing for a massive homecoming to the swim club in Baltimore, Maryland, where he's been a member since long before the name Phelps was known to the wider world.