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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 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...
  • Michael Phelps will play himself on 'Suits' episode Thursday night

    Michael Phelps will play himself on 'Suits' episode Thursday night
    Fans of the USA Network drama "Suits" will see one of their own on the show's Thursday night season premiere as Michael Phelps  pops in for a four-line appearance. The most decorated Olympian in history will play himself on the episode, scheduled to air...
  • Michael Phelps to swim four events at U.S. championships

    The U.S. national swimming championships in Irvine next week will get some added star power with Michael Phelps planning to race in four events. Phelps is scheduled to enter the 100-meter freestyle, 100 butterfly, 100 backstroke and 200 individual...
  • Phelps wins 100m backstroke as comeback continues

    Michael Phelps notched another impressive performance in his comeback when he won the 100 meters backstroke and beat American rival Ryan Lochte for the second successive night in Athens, Georgia, on Saturday. Phelps clocked 53.88 seconds, less than a...
  • ESPN The Magazine previews The Body Issue | Video

    ESPN The Magazine has released some images and videos to preview their The Body issue, featuring various athletes in the nude, with key areas concealed. Among the athletes photographed are tennis star Venus Williams, Olympic swimming luminary Michael...
  • Aja Evans reveals the naked truth

    Aja Evans reveals the naked truth
    On a day when nearly all her body was exposed to the world, 2014 Olympic bobsled medalist Aja Evans was honing it for an attempt to reach elite status in another sport. The 26-year-old Chicagoan is among 22 athletes, along with swimming legend Michael...
  • Inspiration Point becomes place of grief for missing swimmer's family

    Inspiration Point becomes place of grief for missing swimmer's family
    Inspiration Point in Rancho Palos Verdes was a point of desperation and grief Thursday for family and friends of Joseph Sanchez, the 18-year-old who went missing the day before after jumping from the cliff's edge into the pounding surf about a dozen...
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    Why Chocolope? To sell marijuana, you need a clever name
    Adam Orenstein spent years cross-breeding marijuana plants before arriving at his proud new strain, a tall stalky plant frosted with white crystally hairs prized by growers and smokers. But before releasing it to the public, he and his partners toiled...