The publication reports that there was an "easy rapport" between the three greats

By Rose Minutaglio
August 16, 2016 11:20 AM

How many medals can Sports Illustrated fit on their cover?


2016 Olympic superstars Katie Ledecky, Michael Phelps and Simone Biles took time out of their busy Rio schedules to pose for the magazine this week – it’s the 11th SI cover for Phelps, who made his first front-page debut before the 2004 Athens Games.

The publication reports that there was an “easy rapport” between the three greats. Apparently, Phelps even helped Ledecky – who picked up five medals in Rio – and Biles – who is photographed with her three gold medals, but has since picked up a bronze as well – arrange their hardware for the shoot.

Phelps, positioned in the middle of the iconic photo, sported his own five gold medals and one silver medal over a grey shirt and sweatpants.

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According to SI, the photo session began at 7:45 p.m. on Sunday, not long after Biles won gold in the women’s gymnastics vault final. Ledecky attended with her mother, Mary Gen, her father, David, and brother, Michael. Phelps did TV interviews – and held his final press conference (“This is what I want to finish my career. This is the cherry that I wanted to put on the top of the cake,” he said) of Rio on the same day.