Are there too many swimming events in the olympics?
It seems to me that swimming has too many medal events in the olympics, at least relative to other contests. People talk in particular about how Phelps has won 12 billion gold medals now, but that is in no small part to the fact that he has been able to compete in 12 billion events in just a few days.
No other category has anywhere near that number of events. Track and field has a lot of events but nobody is able to enter into such a large number of them, even if they are really good at several different skills. Gymnastics competes for most of the duration of the games for only a few medals in total.
It doesn't seem reasonable to say that a swimmer is "the greatest athlete ever" when the odds are stacked so much in their favor in the medal count.