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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.

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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  • 'Suits' photo: Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps hangs with Harvey Specter

     
    "Suits" will guest-star Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps when Season 3b premieres in March. A photo offers a first look at Phelps on the show....
  • Could Michael Phelps become the next Brett Favre?

    Could Michael Phelps become the next Brett Favre?
    In discussing his potential return to competitive swimming, Michael Phelps told The Associated Press that he doesn't want to be likened to another athlete famous for his unretirements. "Just don't compare me to Brett Favre," he said. Chris Chase,...
  • Michael Phelps 'busier than ever' but still shooting down rumors of a return to swimming

    Michael Phelps 'busier than ever' but still shooting down rumors of a return to swimming
    Earlier this week during an interview with a TV station in Maine, Michael Phelps said “I’m retired. I love it. It’s fun.” But the winner of the most medals in Olympic history is also busier than ever, saying “I’m on the...
  • Michael and Debbie Phelps celebrate mothers at fundraiser

    Michael and Debbie Phelps celebrate mothers at fundraiser
    To jolt a young Michael Phelps out of bed for 6 a.m. swim practice, his mom Debbie sometimes resorted to blasting him with a hot hair dryer. "I was always the worst at getting out of bed," Phelps recalled Saturday at a breakfast fundraiser honoring...
  • Michael Phelps says he's not yet in Olympic shape

    Michael Phelps says he's not yet in Olympic shape
    Michael Phelps said Saturday he's back in the pool a couple of times a week, but he's nowhere near ready for a return to competitive swimming. Rumors about Phelps reversing his retirement picked up steam after he entered the drug-testing pool for...
  • Under Armour opens retail store, promotional venue in China

    Under Armour opens retail store, promotional venue in China
    Under Armour, in a race to expand its brand globally, opened its first-ever Under Armour Experience, a blend of retail store and promotional venue, in Shanghai, China. Kevin Plank, founder and CEO of the Baltimore-based athletic apparel maker, hosted...
  • Gertrude A. 'Trudy' Mugele, homemaker

    Gertrude A. 'Trudy' Mugele, homemaker
    Gertrude A. "Trudy" Mugele, a homemaker and former administrative assistant who instilled in her children the enduring value of a good education, died Oct. 24 of heart failure at her Lutherville home. She was 90. The daughter of Francis and Bronislava...
  • A swim in the pool with a chill in the air means winter can't be far behind (Hudson's Corner)

    We've been on borrowed time all fall. With temperatures unusually high in October, I luxuriated in outdoor swimming. Every day that I swam outside under blue sky and big clouds at Meadowbrook, I knew cold days were coming: days when I'd have to push...
  • Maryland vs. Texas in sports and beyond

    Maryland vs. Texas in sports and beyond
    They say everything's bigger in Texas. But is it better? Texas Gov. Rick Perry seems to think so, as he tours Maryland today, looking to attract business to his state. Plus, the Houston Texans come to M&T Bank Stadium on Sunday to face the Ravens....
  • Notebook: Cornell releases report on men's lacrosse hazing

    Notebook: Cornell releases report on men's lacrosse hazing
    Cornell University released its report Sunday on incidents that led to the suspension of the men's lacrosse team from fall events. The report reveals what it calls a "presence of a culture within this group of treating new members as less than equals."...
  • Notebook: Pollard delivers crushing hit on Patriots' Ridley

    Notebook: Pollard delivers crushing hit on Patriots' Ridley
    Ravens strong safety Bernard Pollard lived up to his intimidating reputation as one of the hardest hitters in the NFL, knocking New England Patriots running back Stevan Ridley out of Sunday's AFC championship game with a devastating fourth-quarter tackle....