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Michael Phelps

Michael Phelps
Michael Phelps is a world-champion swimmer who holds the record for most gold medals won in a single Olympic games. Phelps broke swimmer Mark Spitz's 36-year-old record during the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing by winning eight golds, besting Spitz by one medal.

Phelps had two very close calls on his way to history. In the 400-meter freestyle relay, Phelps' teammate Jason Lezak came from behind in the anchor leg to catch France's Alain Bernard and win by eight-hundredths of a second. In the 100-meter butterfly, Phelps outtouched Serbia's Milorad Cavic by 0.01 second after trailing for most of the race to win his seventh gold of the games. Seven of Phelps' eight gold medals were...
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Michael Phelps is a world-champion swimmer who holds the record for most gold medals won in a single Olympic games. Phelps broke swimmer Mark Spitz's 36-year-old record during the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing by winning eight golds, besting Spitz by one medal.

Phelps had two very close calls on his way to history. In the 400-meter freestyle relay, Phelps' teammate Jason Lezak came from behind in the anchor leg to catch France's Alain Bernard and win by eight-hundredths of a second. In the 100-meter butterfly, Phelps outtouched Serbia's Milorad Cavic by 0.01 second after trailing for most of the race to win his seventh gold of the games. Seven of Phelps' eight gold medals were won with world-record times.

Phelps has been cited more than once by police for driving under the influence of alcohol.
At the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Phelps won six golds and two bronze medals. Between Athens and Beijing, Phelps lived in Ann Arbor, Mich., and trained with Club Wolverine and his long-time swimming coach Bob Bowman, who served as the University of Michigan men's swimming coach.

Phelps made his Olympics debut at the 2000 summer games in Sydney. He was just 15 at the time.

Phelps lives in Baltimore and trains at the North Baltimore Aquatic Club in Mount Washington, which he co-owns with Bowman as part of Aquatic Ventures LLC.

Phelps was raised in Rodgers Forge, near Baltimore, and is a graduate of Towson High School.
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  • Baltimore's 2014 in review

    Baltimore's 2014 in review
    If Baltimore kept a family album for every year of its life, the one for 2014 would be dominated by dazzling pictures of September's Star-Spangled Spectacular. The city never looked better than when it celebrated the 200th anniversary of the national anthem with tall ships, the Blue Angels and its largest-ever fireworks display.
  • Michael Phelps celebrates Christmas in teeny, tiny swimwear

    Michael Phelps celebrates Christmas in teeny, tiny swimwear
    Perhaps unsurprisingly, Michael Phelps (appears to have) had more exciting Christmas celebrations than you did. The Olympic superstar posted to Instagram late this week with a photo from a Christmas pajama party he attended with sometime-girlfriend...

    Florida's NFL teams in sad state

    Florida's NFL teams in sad state
    They say the NFL is the most popular game in America. Apparently, it's pretty cool. Sure would be nice to have pro football in Florida. What they are playing now in Miami, Jacksonville and Tampa can't be pro football. It's not even a good knock-...

    Michael Phelps gets no jail time after entering guilty plea in DUI case

    Michael Phelps gets no jail time after entering guilty plea in DUI case
    With promises to continue treatment for alcohol abuse and to help others avoid his mistakes, Michael Phelps pleaded guilty to driving under the influence in Baltimore District Court on Friday and came away with a one-year suspended sentence and 18...

    Michael Phelps faces DUI trial Friday as he prepares to swim again in 2015

    Michael Phelps is scheduled to face trial on drunken driving charges in a Baltimore courtroom Friday morning. As he does, the Olympic great has already begun preparations to resume competing sometime next year. Though he's unlikely to face jail time,...