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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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  • Bob Bowman named Arizona State's swimming coach; Michael Phelps to join him in Ariz.

    Bob Bowman named Arizona State's swimming coach; Michael Phelps to join him in Ariz.
    For the second time in his decorated career, Michael Phelps will leave Baltimore with coach Bob Bowman to train for the Olympics.
  • Michael Phelps goes 0-for-Friday at Arizona meet

    Michael Phelps goes 0-for-Friday at Arizona meet
    After starting fast in his return to competitive swimming, Michael Phelps hit a bump in the road on Friday. Racing at an Arena Pro Swim Series meet in Mesa, Ariz., the 18-time Olympic champion scratched from the 100-meter backstroke in the morning, then...

    Michael Phelps could get special invite to world championships

    Michael Phelps could get special invite to world championships
    International swimming officials might offer Michael Phelps the equivalent of an at-large invitation to the world championships this summer. The 18-time Olympic champion has just finished a six-month suspension for a DUI arrest. As part of his...

    Michael Phelps has full slate of racing this week

    Michael Phelps has full slate of racing this week
    This figures to be a busy week for Michael Phelps. The most-decorated athlete in Olympic history -- returning from a six-month suspension -- is expected to race in five events at an Arizona meet that begins on Wednesday. The schedule for the Arena Pro...

    Michael Phelps rallies from last to first in 100-meter freestyle, beating Ryan Lochte

    Michael Phelps rallies from last to first in 100-meter freestyle, beating Ryan Lochte
    Michael Phelps roared from last to first on the final lap to win the 100-meter freestyle against rival Ryan Lochte on Saturday night in the Arena Pro Swim Series. Swimming in the seventh lane, Phelps trailed the field at the turn before pouring it on...