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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' comeback gains speed with 100 butterfly win

    Phelps' comeback gains speed with 100 butterfly win The comeback of Baltimore's Michael Phelps continued in impressive fashion Friday at the Bulldog Grand Slam in Athens, Ga., as the most decorated Olympian of all time beat rival Ryan Lochte in the 100-...
  • Michael Phelps makes news; Katie Ledecky sets records

    Michael Phelps makes news; Katie Ledecky sets records
    In the world of swimming, Michael Phelps grabbed most of the headlines over the weekend while continuing his comeback at a Northern California meet. No surprise there. But lost in the shuffle was a world-class performance by Katie Ledecky at a smaller...
  • Longhorns beat Commodores, 4-0, in CWS, force rematch Saturday

    Longhorns beat Commodores, 4-0, in CWS, force rematch Saturday
    Nathan Thornhill and John Curtiss pitched Texas' second straight shutout at the College World Series in Omaha, and the Longhorns forced a second bracket final against Vanderbilt with a 4-0 victory Friday. The Longhorns (46-20) and Commodores (48-20)...
  • Michael Phelps enjoys mixed success at Santa Clara meet

    Michael Phelps continued his comeback from retirement with a tie for victory and a second-place finish at a U.S. Grand Prix Series meet in Santa Clara, Calif., on Friday. While certainly not back to his dominant best since hanging up his goggles after...
  • Michael Phelps fades late, finishes second in 200-meter freestyle at Arena Grand Prix

    Michael Phelps tired near the end to finish a distant second to France’s Yannick Agnel in the 200-meter freestyle at the Arena Grand Prix at Santa Clara on Saturday. Olympic champion Agnel led Phelps narrowly after 100 meters but extended his lead...
  • O.J. Brigance, Chanda Brigance take on ALS Ice Bucket challenge

    O.J. Brigance, Chanda Brigance take on ALS Ice Bucket challenge
    Ravens senior advisor of player development O.J. Brigance and his wife, Chanda, have officially taken on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, posting the video above. Brigance, a linebacker on the Ravens' Super Bowl XXXV team who was diagnosed with amyotrophic...
  • Friday's multi-sport college and local roundup: Kecoughtan grad's first college goal lifts VMI women to soccer victory

    Colleges: Women’s soccer: Senior Allie Segura, a senior from Kecoughtan High, netted a tiebreaking penalty kick in the 73rd minute Friday to give VMI a 2-1 victory over Howard in Lexington. A VMI player was pulled down in a scrum inside the box,...
  • Ledecky swims to yet another world record

    Ledecky swims to yet another world record
    Forget all the fancy superlatives. It takes just one three-letter word to assess Katie Ledecky. Wow. In pouring rain Saturday at the Pan Pacific Championships in Southport, Australia, the 17-year-old from Bethesda, Md., broke the world record in the...
  • Where's the IOC love for L.A. '84?

    Where's the IOC love for L.A. '84?
    Ten thoughts about matters Olympic: 1.  The 1984 Los Angeles Games may have saved the OIympics, but you would never know that from the International Olympic Committee’s indifference to the recent 30th anniversary of those Summer Olympics....
  • Grevers dunks demons on way to Australia

    IRVINE, Calif. -- The pool brought back bad memories.  It was the place where Matt Grevers saw his swimming career go dead in the water at exactly the same point in the Olympic cycle -  the U.S. Championships in the middle year between Summer Games....
  • Under Armour in tussle to try to pull NBA's Kevin Durant away from Nike

    Under Armour in tussle to try to pull NBA's Kevin Durant away from Nike
    Under Armour is working to land NBA superstar Kevin Durant as a pitch man — a sponsorship deal that could be one of the largest ever signed and give the Baltimore company a major inroad into the lucrative basketball marketplace. Signing the popular...