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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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  • Phelps' first big meet back could be FINA World Cup in France

    Phelps' first big meet back could be FINA World Cup in France
    Swimming Phelps' first big meet back could be FINA World Cup in France Michael Phelps' first big meet after he completes his six-month competition ban for a DUI arrest will be the FINA World Cup on Aug. 15-16 in Chartres, France, the French sports...
  • For Baltimore sports fans, it just keeps getting worse

    For Baltimore sports fans, it just keeps getting worse
    It's probably fair to say that Baltimore sports fandom was already glassy-eyed and leaning against the ropes when the news broke Thursday morning that Pro Bowl defensive lineman Haloti Ngata tested positive for Adderall and has been suspended for the...
  • World records for Hosszu, le Clos in Doha

    Hungary's Katinka Hosszu put her first day disappointments behind her to break the women's 100 metres backstroke world record at the world short-course swimming championships in Doha on Thursday. The 25-year-old Hungarian, who was swum down by Spain's...
  • Michael Phelps brings old friend to family's Thanksgiving dinner

    Michael Phelps brings old friend to family's Thanksgiving dinner
    Michael Phelps enjoyed Thanksgiving surrounded by his family and an old friend, former Miss California Nicole Johnson, who Phelps reportedly dated off and on for about three years before ending it in 2012. Phelps, sporting a full beard, posted a photo...
  • Phelps wins Golden Goggle as Male Athlete of Year

    Michael Phelps has been crowned Male Athlete of the Year for a fifth time at the 2014 USA Swimming Golden Goggle Awards on Monday despite being suspended from competition for six months after a drunken driving arrest in September. Phelps was not at the...
  • Michael Phelps wins Golden Goggles, is back in pool

    Michael Phelps wins Golden Goggles, is back in pool
    Michael Phelps, who Monday night won the Golden Goggles Award as USA Swimming's Male Athlete of the Year, is back in the pool, according to Keenan Robinson, director of athlete services at North Baltimore Aquatic Club, who accepted the honor on the 18-...
  • Michael Phelps' trial postponed until Dec. 19

    Michael Phelps' trial postponed until Dec. 19
    Michael Phelps' trial for drunken-driving charges has been postponed from later this month until Dec. 19 at the request of the swimmer's attorney. Phelps, 29, was arrested Sept. 30 outside Fort McHenry Tunnel after being clocked going 84 mph in a 45-mph...
  • Michael Phelps suspended 6 months, won't swim in world championships

    USA Swimming has suspended Michael Phelps from competition for six months and removed him from its 2015 world championship team in response to the record-setting Olympian’s drunken-driving arrest in Baltimore last week. The punishment came the day...
  • Peter Daland dies at 93; coach of swimming champions at USC, Olympics

    Peter Daland dies at 93; coach of swimming champions at USC, Olympics
    Peter Daland, who started his career at USC as a part-time swim coach with a desk in a mimeograph room and rose to become one of the most celebrated names in both collegiate and Olympic swimming, died Monday in Thousand Oaks. He was 93. Daland had...
  • Timothy O. Pierce Sr., swimming coach

    Timothy O. Pierce Sr., swimming coach
    Timothy O. Pierce Sr., a swimming coach and retired English teacher at Loyola Blakefield, where he headed its middle school, died of cancer Oct. 16 at Gilchrist Hospice Care. The resident of the Hampton section of Towson was 71. He was a co-founder of...
  • Phelps, suspendido seis meses y apartado de los Mundiales

    Phelps, suspendido seis meses y apartado de los Mundiales
    El nadador estadounidense Michael Phelps, el deportista olímpico más laureado de la historia, ha sido sancionado por la federación de su país con seis meses de suspensión y no participar en los Mundiales de 2015, una semana después de haber sido...