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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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  • 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...
  • Daum: Rise of the Olympic armchair judges

    Daum: Rise of the Olympic armchair judges
    The conventional wisdom about the Olympics has always been that it turns its viewers into wannabe athletes. Every time the Games roll around, particularly the Summer Games with their relatively easy-to-try-at-home events like track and swimming , we start...
  • Weight of expectations could sink Phelps' star

    LET THE GAMES begin? They've already begun for Michael Phelps, who is either going to be golden boy of Athens or the boy in the busted bubble. Phelps got a fairly rotten Welcome Wagon greeting at the U.S. Olympic swimming trials, when some knee-jerk...
  • 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...
  • Without Phelps U.S. swimming a poor draw

    Without Phelps U.S. swimming a poor draw
    — Last year, as the U.S. Olympic swimming trials drew record crowds in Omaha, the popular refrain was Michael Phelps had created a wave of general interest in the sport that would keep rolling. Last week, as the first U.S. Championships or...
  • 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-...
  • Will Phelps move on from 'fore!' to five?

    Will Phelps move on from 'fore!' to five?
    INDIANAPOLIS -- Bob Bowman is back coaching after a nine-month hiatus. At the first suggestion, however indirect, of his star former swimmer returning, Bowman broke out laughing. “Whatever are you talking about?’’ Bowman said as...
  • In the water, Lochte shines brightly

    In the water, Lochte shines brightly
    Since the London Olympics, Ryan Lochte has seemed bent on proving he is not the brightest bulb in the chandelier. Take his reality TV show, “What Would Ryan Lochte Do?” (Please). This is what a Washington Post reviewer said about it:...
  • If Michael Phelps wants to come back, there's no reason for us to think he can't

    If Michael Phelps wants to come back, there's no reason for us to think he can't
    Michael Phelps has nothing left to prove in a swimming pool. His place in Olympic history is assured, and anything he might accomplish during the 2016 games in Rio de Janeiro — if he should decide to try and add to his record medal count —...
  • For Baltimore sports fans, it just keeps getting worse

    For Baltimore sports fans, it just keeps getting worse
    It's probably fair to say that Baltimore sports fandom was already glassy-eyed and leaning against the ropes when the news broke Thursday morning that Pro Bowl defensive lineman Haloti Ngata tested positive for Adderall and has been suspended for the...
  • Phelps' second DUI arrest should draw harsher penalty

    Phelps' second DUI arrest should draw harsher penalty
    The last time he was arrested for drunk driving, Michael Phelps was 19, a newly-minted multiple Olympic gold medalist and millionaire suddenly living in the fast lane. Immaturity never can be an excuse for Phelps' getting behind the wheel in an alcohol-...