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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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Sochi Games TV: Seven Olympics thoughts after the closing ceremony

    For the last 18 days, I've been chronicling TV's coverage of the Sochi Winter Olympics, dutifully watching all manner of downhill ski races, luge runs and short-track heats. What effect this has had on me I'll leave to an imminently convening team of...
  • 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...