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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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  • Under Armour signs Depay, rising Dutch soccer player

    Continuing its push into international soccer, Under Armour has signed 21-year-old Dutch player Memphis Depay, considered a rising star. A member of the Netherlands national team, Depay last summer became the  youngest-ever Dutch player to score a World...
  • On The Fly: New Britain's Byron Jones Jumps To Record Books

    On The Fly: New Britain's Byron Jones Jumps To Record Books
    Former UConn cornerback Byron Jones of New Britain, whose senior season was cut short by a shoulder injury, got the full attention of NFL types at the NFL combine Monday, setting a broad jump record (12 feet, 3 inches). His vertical leap: 44.5 inches....
  • Michael Phelps engaged to former Miss California

    Michael Phelps engaged to former Miss California
    Michael Phelps is out of the dating pool. The Olympic champion swimmer anounced his engagement to girlfriend Nicole M. Johnson early Sunday morning.  "She said yes," Phelps posted on Instagram, next to a photo of the couple cavorting in the snow. ...
  • Under Armour announces deal with Muhammad Ali

    Under Armour announces deal with Muhammad Ali
    Muhammad Ali may be 73 years old, but Under Armour believes the iconic boxer's verve and sass transcend the years and will charm a new generation. The Baltimore sports apparel company said Wednesday it has formed a partnership with the firm that manages...
  • High-school swimmers to see Olympians up close

    High-school swimmers to see Olympians up close
    Montverde Academy freshman Katie Schorr will go to school at the pool this week. She will be joined by several of the area's top high-school swimmers who will get the rare opportunity to compete in the same meet as Olympians at the Arena Pro Swim Series...
  • Michael Phelps plans to return to competition in April, coach says

    Michael Phelps plans to return to competition in April, coach says
    Michael Phelps plans to return from his six-month suspension in April at the Arena Pro Swim Series event in Mesa, Ariz. The record-setting Olympian's longtime coach, Bob Bowman, confirmed the plan Friday after reports emerged from Germany, where Phelps...
  • Michael Phelps' mother joins sea of red to promote heart health

    Michael Phelps' mother joins sea of red to promote heart health
    The pastor kept repeating a biblical phrase: "Above all else, guard your heart." But, seated with the congregation, the mother of Olympic swimming champion Michael Phelps knew how easy it was to lose focus on the maintenance of her own beating heart....
  • Michael Phelps will return to competitive swimming

    Michael Phelps will return to competitive swimming
    Michael Phelps plans to return to competitive swimming in mid-April, shortly after completing a six-month suspension for a DUI arrest. The highly decorated Olympian told German reporters on Friday that he will enter the Arena Pro Swim Series event in...
  • Deflated football controversy just the latest reason to question integrity in sports

    Deflated football controversy just the latest reason to question integrity in sports
    The New England Patriots "deflategate" controversy would be a silly pre-Super Bowl sideshow if it wasn't such a sad commentary on the current state of the scandal-ridden National Football League. If you believe the latest reports, 11 of 12 Patriots game...
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     Reject 'You Can't Sit With Us' shirts
    Dear teen girls, Please don't buy a "You Can't Sit With Us" shirt. They beckon from websites and hang feebly on clothing racks, just asking to be donned. A reader named Susan emailed me a photo of them on sale for 30 percent off last week at her local...
  • Florida's NFL teams in sad state

    Florida's NFL teams in sad state
    They say the NFL is the most popular game in America. Apparently, it's pretty cool. Sure would be nice to have pro football in Florida. What they are playing now in Miami, Jacksonville and Tampa can't be pro football. It's not even a good knock-...