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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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  • Performance in California boosts Michael Phelps' confidence

    Performance in California boosts Michael Phelps' confidence
    In the vast scheme of Michael Phelps’ career, few people are likely to remember the just-concluded Arena Pro Swim Series meet in Santa Clara, Calif. But in the limited context of Phelps’ preparations for the 2016 Olympics, his performance this...
  • Victorious in 200 IM, Michael Phelps next eyes national championships

    Victorious in 200 IM, Michael Phelps next eyes national championships
    Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps knows training in Colorado Springs is good for his swimming career. That doesn't mean he has to like it. “It's painful,” Phelps said. “It's mentally challenging more than anything. I know, deep down...
  • Michael Phelps takes 200 butterfly, first win in event since 2012 Olympic trials

    Michael Phelps takes 200 butterfly, first win in event since 2012 Olympic trials
    Michael Phelps won the 200 butterfly Saturday night at the Arena Pro Series and met his expectations. Phelps last won a 200 fly race at the 2012 Olympic trials and declared he would not return to the event when he came out of retirement last year....
  • Michael Phelps third in 200 freestyle in Santa Clara

    Michael Phelps third in 200 freestyle in Santa Clara
    Michael Phelps finished third in the men's 200 freestyle at the Arena Pro Series on Friday night in Santa Clara, Calif., and was not especially pleased with the result. "It's not really much fun watching people swim past you like they did," said Phelps,...
  • Pain proves a good motivator for Michael Phelps

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. Michael Phelps has had enough of losing in his comeback to reach the 2016 Olympics. "I'm sick and tired of just getting whooped," Phelps said Thursday at the Arena Pro Swim Series meet in Santa Clara. Phelps, 29, returned to swimming...
  • American Pharoah wins Triple Crown, ends 37-year drought

    American Pharoah wins Triple Crown, ends 37-year drought
    American Pharoah broke one of the most famous dry spells in sports Saturday, joining Secretariat, Seattle Slew and Affirmed as one of 12 Triple Crown winners in thoroughbred racing history. He did it with a brilliant wire-to-wire win in the Belmont...
  • Fox Sports is going all in for coverage of Women's World Cup in Canada

    Fox Sports is going all in for coverage of Women's World Cup in Canada
    When David Neal was directing NBC's broadcasts of the 2008 Olympics, he decided to build the coverage around swimmer Michael Phelps' quest to win eight gold medals. It was a gamble, given the $894 million NBC had paid for the rights to the Games. So...
  • Erik Posegay to succeed Bob Bowman as NBAC coach

    Erik Posegay to succeed Bob Bowman as NBAC coach
    The North Baltimore Aquatic Club has announced Erik Posegay will succeed Bob Bowman as head coach at the beginning of August. Bowman, the longtime coach of Michael Phelps, announced he was leaving last month to become head coach at Arizona State. Phelps...
  • Column: Phelps should be at world championships this summer

    Column: Phelps should be at world championships this summer
    CHARLOTTE, N.C. — When the world's top swimmers head to Russia this summer for the biggest meet outside the Olympics, one important name will be missing from the U.S. team. Michael Phelps has been relegated to a backup meet in Texas. "Is it...
  • Shields wins 200 fly to overshadow Phelps-Lochte matchup

    Shields wins 200 fly to overshadow Phelps-Lochte matchup
    Former NCAA champion Tom Shields won the Arena Pro Swim Series' 100-meter butterfly final Friday, overshadowing the head-to-head matchup between Olympic gold medalists Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte. Shields, who won five NCAA titles in three years at...
  • Michael Phelps on moving to Arizona: 'I get to be tan all year'

    Michael Phelps on moving to Arizona: 'I get to be tan all year'
    Olympic swimming star Michael Phelps is happy for a change of scenery. His biggest rival, Ryan Lochte, can relate. Phelps confirmed Thursday that he will relocate to Tempe, Ariz., to continue training under longtime coach Bob Bowman. Phelps lives in...