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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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  • Michael Phelps plans to return to competition this month

    Michael Phelps plans to return to competition this month
    Less than two years after he retired as the most decorated Olympian ever, Michael Phelps is diving back into competition next week — a move that could lead the Baltimore swimmer to his fifth Summer Games in 2016. Phelps will compete in the Arena...
  • Michael Phelps has nothing to lose in his swimming comeback | VIDEO

    Michael Phelps has nothing to lose in his swimming comeback | <span style="color: #DD5200; font-weight: bold;">VIDEO </span>
    We should all be so fortunate to be able to retire at age 27 and embark on an international quest to experience a world full of fun and privilege, but Michael Phelps — quite predictably — has come to realize that living the good life isn't...
  • Possible reasons abound for Michael Phelps' return to swimming

    Possible reasons abound for Michael Phelps' return to swimming
    For almost a year, the question was "if" Michael Phelps would return to competitive swimming. Now that Phelps is scheduled to end his 20-month retirement Thursday in Mesa, Ariz., a more nuanced question looms: Why? Phelps sounded fairly certain he...
  • Coffee Companion (4/23): Hat trick of homers against Orioles, why Phelps returned, and more

    Coffee Companion (4/23): Hat trick of homers against Orioles, why Phelps returned, and more
    Last night's thunderstorms matched the gloom Orioles fans likely felt on their couches as the series opener with the Blue Jays progressed, so you’re forgiven for not reading up on the rest of the night's action. That's why blogger/reporter Jon Meoli...
  • Michael Phelps won't make any promises about 2016 Summer Olympics

    Michael Phelps will launch his comeback from retirement on Thursday, but the 22-time Olympic medalist won't make any promises about competing at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games. "I'm doing this because I want to get back in the water," he said at a...
  • Michael Phelps says he's 'having fun' as he returns to the pool this week

    Michael Phelps says he's 'having fun' as he returns to the pool this week
    MESA, ARIZ. — Michael Phelps couldn’t say it enough times, even joking that he would bore questioners with his repetitive explanation for returning to competitive swimming. “I’m having fun,” he answered over and over...
  • Baltimore center helping to heal the youngest victims of abuse

    Baltimore center helping to heal the youngest victims of abuse
    Maryland's own Sugar Ray Leonard is perhaps best known as a baby-faced Olympic gold medalist and champion prize fighter with a winning smile. Yet for decades, the world-renowned boxer suppressed a devastating secret: Leonard had been sexually abused as a...
  • Dear Interwebs, Michael Phelps is not dead

    Dear Interwebs, Michael Phelps is not dead
    Calm down, Twitterverse. Michael Phelps is not dead. Fred Phelps, however, is. Seems some folks on Twitter have gotten the two confused. Or maybe this is just some tweeter’s idea of a joke. Whatever the case, “Michael Phelps RIP”...
  • Thursday's TV Highlights: 'Review' on Comedy Central

    Thursday's TV Highlights: 'Review' on Comedy Central
    Customized TV Listings are available here: www.latimes.com/tvtimes   Click here to download TV listings for the week of March 2-8, 2014 in PDF format This week's TV Movies     -------------------- SERIES Shepard Smith Reporting The news...
  • Prep sports profile: Tyler Gustafson

    Prep sports profile: Tyler Gustafson
    Name: Tyler Gustafson Age/year in school: 16/Sophomore School: Schaumburg Sport: Swimming What is your favorite thing about your sport? It forces you to push yourself and it is always challenging. What was your worst sports moment? How did you...
  • Prep sports profile: Andrew Jun

    Name: Andrew Jun Age/year in school: 15/Freshman School: Schaumburg Sport: Swimming What is your favorite thing about your sport? When you see that you dropped time in your event, you feel happy and hungry for more. What was your best sports...