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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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  • As U.S. women prepare for tonight, a look back at Kerri Strug

     
    Jason Lezak's astounding comeback in the last 50 meters of the 4X100 freestyle relay that overtook what seemed like an insurmountable lead by France, won the gold medal for the Americans and preserved Michael Phelps' chances to eight gold medals......
  • Phelps golden for his sponsors

     
    Michael Phelps??? dominance in the swimming pool and five gold medals on his quest for eight in Beijing have boosted exposure for his sponsors to the tune of $9 million. That???s what Joyce Julius & Associates, a Michigan firm that......
  • Brave Sun sports writer dons Speedo, sheds pride -- NOT me

     
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  • NBC announces intention to cover Olympics thoroughly

     
    If, perchance, you have an interest in the Beijing Olympic Games next month, NBC is prepared to accommodate you, far beyond the capacity of any single human to consume. Click below for 1,850 words or so of details direct from......
  • Olympic ads: Another view

     
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  • Doubletake: The human drama

     
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  • In case you missed it: U.S. swimming comeback

     
    Already, we have a spectacular moment at the Biejing Olympics with the American swimming comeback -- specifically, 32-year-old Jason Lezak's rally in the anchor leg of the 4x100 freestyle relay where the French seemed certain to make good on their......
  • You don't have to be a sports fan to enjoy Michael Phelps

     
    Forget the Orioles for the time being and their faltering pitching and stumbling defense. Forget the Ravens for a while and their three-way quarterback competition. Now is a time for Baltimore (and the world, for that matter) -- whether you???re......
  • NBC continues to roll up impressive ratings numbers

     
    Michael Phelps' dramatics and NBC's tried and true formula of loading up on swimming, gymnastics and, yup, beach volleyball in Week 1 is delivering impressive early numbers. Through three nights NBC's prime time telecasts were averaging a healthy 17...