PYEONGCHANG, South Korea – Swimmer Michael Phelps owns 28 Olympic medals, including 23 golds.
Alpine skier Mikaela Shiffrin has one medal, a gold won in Sochi four years ago.
Comparing the two is, mathematically speaking, absurd. Considering there are only five Olympic ski events, opposed to many more in swimming, including relays, it’s essentially numerically impossible for Shiffrin to ever equal Phelps.
Which is why, when the 22-year-old from Vail, Colorado, was asked if she can be the Michael Phelps of the Winter Olympics, Shiffrin scoffed.
“You’re crazy,” Shiffrin said. “OK, he has what  medals? And I know it’s a comparison between sports [but] I don’t believe there is a sport in the Winter Olympics where you could win  medals across four or five Olympics.
“So, yeah, I could never imagine myself being in the same sentence as Michael Phelps. It’s extremely flattering but its apples and oranges.”