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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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  • Serving potential drunk drivers more alcohol should be against the law [Letter]

    Serving potential drunk drivers more alcohol should be against the law [Letter]
    Regarding Olympic medalist Michael Phelps' latest DUI arrest, those responsible for these unconscionable behaviors always seem to take "full responsibility" for their actions, but what about the responsibility of the bars or nightclubs that continue to serve liquor to patrons who are obviously incapable of safely operating a motor vehicle ("Michael Phelps to enter six-week treatment program after DUI arrest," Oct. 5)?
  • Bob Ford: Comparing Hope Solo and Ray Rice doesn't work

    The recent steps and missteps of the National Football League as it handled and mishandled the situation involving running back Ray Rice have, in some ways, improved the national dialogue concerning domestic abuse and, in others, merely filled the air...

    Phelps is already focused on himself [Letter]

    Phelps is already focused on himself [Letter]
    Michael Phelps is going to attend a treatment program to focus on himself ("Phelps says he will enter six weeks of treatment," Oct. 6). What a bunch of bull hockey. He already focused on himself when he decided to drive drunk. He showed he cares about...

    Guilty, recess, and Supreme Being: Letters

    Guilty, recess, and Supreme Being: Letters
    Reserve guilty verdict I am a big fan of Mike Bianchi, your very talented sportswriter. Get ready everybody here it comes, the but ... From poor old Joseph way back in ancient Egypt to Tawana Brawley of Al Sharpton fame, women have accused innocent...

    Good Morning, Baltimore: Need to know for Tuesday

    Good Morning, Baltimore: Need to know for Tuesday
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