Here's the MICHAEL PHELPS cover of SPORTS ILLUSTRATED, displaying the 8 Gold medals he won in swimming competition at the Beijing 2008 Olympics
What really comes to my mind after I saw the Michael Phelps Sports Illustrated cover was the same pose done by Mark Spitz in the Life Magazine which displayed the 7 Gold medals Spitz won in the swimming competition at the 1972 Munich Olympics.
Here's a snapshot of Mark Spitz's classic LIFE MAGAZINE photo
I hope Michael Phelps' emulation of Mark Spitz's classic pose would act as a tribute to Mark Spitz and won't in any way dishonor the great legend.
The Mark Spitz classic photo was taken from the LIFE BOOK: THE FIRST 50 Years (1936-1986) which is in my possession since 1986...see photo below