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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 on moving to Arizona: 'I get to be tan all year'

    Michael Phelps on moving to Arizona: 'I get to be tan all year'
    Olympic swimming star Michael Phelps is happy for a change of scenery. His biggest rival, Ryan Lochte, can relate. Phelps confirmed Thursday that he will relocate to Tempe, Ariz., to continue training under longtime coach Bob Bowman. Phelps lives in...
  • Bob Bowman named Arizona State's swimming coach; Michael Phelps to join him in Ariz.

    Bob Bowman named Arizona State's swimming coach; Michael Phelps to join him in Ariz.
    For the second time in his decorated career, Michael Phelps will leave Baltimore with coach Bob Bowman to train for the Olympics. Arizona State named Bowman its swimming head coach at a Friday news conference. And just as Phelps did when Bowman became...
  • Michael Phelps goes 0-for-Friday at Arizona meet

    Michael Phelps goes 0-for-Friday at Arizona meet
    After starting fast in his return to competitive swimming, Michael Phelps hit a bump in the road on Friday. Racing at an Arena Pro Swim Series meet in Mesa, Ariz., the 18-time Olympic champion scratched from the 100-meter backstroke in the morning, then...
  • Michael Phelps could get special invite to world championships

    Michael Phelps could get special invite to world championships
    International swimming officials might offer Michael Phelps the equivalent of an at-large invitation to the world championships this summer. The 18-time Olympic champion has just finished a six-month suspension for a DUI arrest. As part of his...
  • Michael Phelps has full slate of racing this week

    Michael Phelps has full slate of racing this week
    This figures to be a busy week for Michael Phelps. The most-decorated athlete in Olympic history -- returning from a six-month suspension -- is expected to race in five events at an Arizona meet that begins on Wednesday. The schedule for the Arena Pro...
  • Michael Phelps rallies from last to first in 100-meter freestyle, beating Ryan Lochte

    Michael Phelps rallies from last to first in 100-meter freestyle, beating Ryan Lochte
    Michael Phelps roared from last to first on the final lap to win the 100-meter freestyle against rival Ryan Lochte on Saturday night in the Arena Pro Swim Series. Swimming in the seventh lane, Phelps trailed the field at the turn before pouring it on...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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....