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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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  • Hoff coming home with three Olympic medals

     
    Just a word here for a Baltimore swimmer not named Michael Phelps who will be leaving Beijing with Olympic honors. In the midst of Phelps-mania, it is easy to overlook Towson competitor Katie Hoff.Hoff has earned three medals, a silver in the...
  • Michael Phelps, Mark Spitz, Bob Costas chat

     
    Click below for a transcript of Bob Costas' joint interview with Michael Phelps and Mark Spitz last night....

    Bob Costas sits down with Mr. Michael Phelps of USA

     
    There is no one better at interviewing sports people in the news than Bob Costas, whether it be a celebratory moment or a controversial one. His sitdown in '06 with that curly-haired snowboarder lady who blew a gold by showboating...

    NBC very much would like Michael Phelps to keep winning

     
    No matter what happens the rest of the way, it will be difficult to top the image of Michael Phelps' celebratory primal scream after teammate Jason Lezak brought home the 4x100-meter relay gold for the U.S. Sunday. Here is a...

    Report: Phelps linked to Aussie swimmer in saucy photos

     
    It is inevitable that with Michael Phelps' global celebrity that he is now going to be included in all sorts of celebrity gossip and the latest comes from one of the most popular listening posts for such news, the New...