One has 21 gold medals (and counting), and the other is looking for his first. And that number is not lost on Rickie Fowler, who posted his meeting with Michael Phelps to Instagram.
Fowler and his Olympic teammates from the United States were in the arena to cheer on Phelps as he won his 20th and 21st gold medals Tuesday.
"It's inspiring to watch fellow U.S. athletes do well, compete, get a medal, gold, whatever it may be," Fowler said Tuesday before the competitions. "And to see what Phelps has done over numerous years and to see what Ledecky is doing right now and has done, like I said, it's inspiring. It kind of -- you get chills watching them when they win, when they do well, and it just kind of pushes you to want to do the best that you can."