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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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  • In return to competition, Michael Phelps beats Ryan Lochte in 100-meter butterfly final

    In return to competition, Michael Phelps beats Ryan Lochte in 100-meter butterfly final
    Michael Phelps knew that, as usual, every eye around the pool was on him. Fans called encouragement. Competitors watched to see how he'd look after eight months away from racing and a suspension for drunk driving. Confronted with the usual mania...
  • Michael Phelps confirms he's aiming to swim at 2016 Olympics

    Michael Phelps confirms he's aiming to swim at 2016 Olympics
    An emotional and rejuvenated Michael Phelps confirmed Wednesday what the swimming world had long assumed — he’ll try to add to his record total of 22 Olympic medals at the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro. Phelps made his Olympic intentions...
  • Talk of the County: Overturned cases and the obligation to speak up

    Talk of the County: Overturned cases and the obligation to speak up
    Editor's Note: Talk of the County is a reader-generated column of opinions. If you see something you disagree with or think is incorrect, please tell us! Call us at (312) 222-4554 or email talkofthecounty@tribpub.com Obligated to speak up If people...
  • Today's front page, weather & traffic

    Today's front page, weather & traffic
    Good morning, Baltimore! Here's what you need to know for your Thursday. WEATHER It’ll be mostly sunny today with temperatures reaching a high of 67, and then dropping to a low of 48 overnight. Rain will move into the area after midnight and...
  • Phelps tunes up with fast times in Texas exhibition

    Phelps tunes up with fast times in Texas exhibition
    With a month to go until his six-month suspension for a second drunken driving arrest ends, Michael Phelps of Baltimore is getting in some racing, even if it's just an exhibition. Phelps swam the 100-yard butterfly in 44.91 seconds Friday before the...
  • Does punishment fit crime for Justin Gatlin, Michael Phelps?

    Does punishment fit crime for Justin Gatlin, Michael Phelps?
    In the novel "Crime and Punishment," Dostoyevsky wrote that intelligence was not enough to act sensibly. That seems clear from what British Olympic sprinter and Harvard alum Chris Lambert said last week about 2004 Olympic 100-meter champion Justin...
  • Assistant Tina Langley leaves Terps for top job at Rice

    Assistant Tina Langley leaves Terps for top job at Rice
    Tina Langley has resigned as associate head coach of the Maryland women's basketball team to accept the head coaching position at Rice. Langley was Brenda Frese's top assistant, helping the Terps reach the Final Four in each of the past two seasons....
  • Michael Phelps completes his USA Swimming suspension

    Michael Phelps completes his USA Swimming suspension
    Six months have passed since Michael Phelps was arrested for DUI and suspended by swimming officials. Now his penalty has ended and he is ready to swim again. Phelps will headline an Arena Pro Swim Series meet in Arizona later this month. He chose the...
  • Michael Phelps' swimming suspension lifted Monday

    Michael Phelps' swimming suspension lifted Monday
    Michael Phelps is clear to return to competitive swimming Monday after serving a six-month suspension from USA Swimming as punishment for his drunken driving arrest in September. The record-setting Olympian is expected to return to the pool in less than...
  • Michael Phelps could be reinstated for world championships

    Michael Phelps could be reinstated for world championships
    Michael Phelps could be reinstated to the U.S. team for the FINA World Championships in August, a decision that would give the record-setting swimmer a significant meet to point to as he prepares for a possible Olympic bid in 2016. USA Swimming...
  • Boys Swimmer of the Year: Grafton's Jonathan Spires | Daily Press Winter All-Stars

    Boys Swimmer of the Year: Grafton's Jonathan Spires | Daily Press Winter All-Stars
    Jonathan Spires remembers watching the 2008 Olympics on television, marveling as Michael Phelps stormed his way to eight of his record 18 career gold medals. Phelps' exploits made the young Spires, a kid just out of fourth grade, take notice. "That...