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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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  • Phelps second to Olympic champ Agnel in 200m freestyle

    (Reuters) - Michael Phelps continued his return to competitive swimming with third place in the 200 metres individual medley at the Arena Grand Prix at Santa Clara on Sunday. Phelps, competing in the 200 medley for the first time since taking gold at the...
  • Michael Phelps fades late, finishes second in 200-meter freestyle at Arena Grand Prix

    Michael Phelps tired near the end to finish a distant second to France’s Yannick Agnel in the 200-meter freestyle at the Arena Grand Prix at Santa Clara on Saturday. Olympic champion Agnel led Phelps narrowly after 100 meters but extended his lead...
  • Otero gets it from his family

    MIAMI Everything you need to know about the gene pool from which A's reliever Dan Otero comes can be gleaned from the fact that Dolores Otero just bought a new car. Dolores Otero, Dan's grandmother, is 93. "She wants to be able to get around," said...
  • Michael Phelps to appear nude in ESPN The Magazine's 'Body Issue'

    Michael Phelps to appear nude in ESPN The Magazine's 'Body Issue'
    If you've ever said you've seen enough of Towson-born Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps for one lifetime, I submit to you evidence that you may have spoken too soon. Phelps, the record-setting Olympic swimmer, is one of 22 athletes appearing nude in ESPN ...
  • Cal's Missy Franklin gets out of line in 'shocking' mishap

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. Missy Franklin was smiling and giggling because, well, that is who she is. But the four-time Olympic gold medalist wasn't thrilled Saturday night after a mistake at the end of the 200-meter backstroke at the Arena Grand Prix Santa...
  • Bowman didn't expect Phelps' return

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. U.S. Olympic coach Bob Bowman didn't expect Michael Phelps to return to the pool once the world's most famous swimmer retired after the London Games. "Not in a million years," Bowman said Thursday at the Santa Clara Swim Club, where...
  • Longhorns beat Commodores, 4-0, in CWS, force rematch Saturday

    Longhorns beat Commodores, 4-0, in CWS, force rematch Saturday
    Nathan Thornhill and John Curtiss pitched Texas' second straight shutout at the College World Series in Omaha, and the Longhorns forced a second bracket final against Vanderbilt with a 4-0 victory Friday. The Longhorns (46-20) and Commodores (48-20)...
  • Michael Phelps enjoys mixed success at Santa Clara meet

    Michael Phelps continued his comeback from retirement with a tie for victory and a second-place finish at a U.S. Grand Prix Series meet in Santa Clara, Calif., on Friday. While certainly not back to his dominant best since hanging up his goggles after...
  • Phelps plans to return to competition this month

    Phelps plans to return to competition this month
    Olympic swimming legend Michael Phelps plans to return to competition at the Arena Grand Prix April 24-26 in Mesa, Ariz., a decision that could lead to a fifth Olympic appearance at Rio in 2016. Phelps, 28, has not competed since the 2012 London...
  • Coffee Companion (4/23): Hat trick of homers against Orioles, why Phelps returned, and more

    Coffee Companion (4/23): Hat trick of homers against Orioles, why Phelps returned, and more
    Last night's thunderstorms matched the gloom Orioles fans likely felt on their couches as the series opener with the Blue Jays progressed, so you’re forgiven for not reading up on the rest of the night's action. That's why blogger/reporter Jon Meoli...
  • Possible reasons abound for Michael Phelps' return to swimming

    Possible reasons abound for Michael Phelps' return to swimming
    For almost a year, the question was "if" Michael Phelps would return to competitive swimming. Now that Phelps is scheduled to end his 20-month retirement Thursday in Mesa, Ariz., a more nuanced question looms: Why? Phelps sounded fairly certain he...