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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' swimming suspension lifted Monday

    Michael Phelps' swimming suspension lifted Monday
    Michael Phelps is clear to return to competitive swimming Monday after serving a six-month suspension from USA Swimming as punishment for his drunken driving arrest in September. The record-setting Olympian is expected to return to the pool in less than...
  • Boys Swimmer of the Year: Grafton's Jonathan Spires | Daily Press Winter All-Stars

    Boys Swimmer of the Year: Grafton's Jonathan Spires | Daily Press Winter All-Stars
    Jonathan Spires remembers watching the 2008 Olympics on television, marveling as Michael Phelps stormed his way to eight of his record 18 career gold medals. Phelps' exploits made the young Spires, a kid just out of fourth grade, take notice. "That...
  • Munster's Wilson Beckman the Post-Tribune's Boys Swimmer of the Year

    Munster's Wilson Beckman the Post-Tribune's Boys Swimmer of the Year
    MUNSTER — An all-around wobbly preliminary performance and a failure to qualify for the championship heat in the 100-yard butterfly could have easily squashed the spirits of Munster senior Wilson Beckman. Instead, Beckman took a glass-half-full...
  • U.S. projected to win the most medals at 2016 Summer Olympics

    U.S. projected to win the most medals at 2016 Summer Olympics
    With 500 days remaining before the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Olympics, the U.S. team appears poised to excel with swimmers Missy Franklin and Katie Ledecky and gymnast Simone Biles leading the way, according to an international sports data-analysis firm....
  • Michael Phelps projected to win two more gold medals at 2016 Olympics

    Michael Phelps projected to win two more gold medals at 2016 Olympics
    A projection system run 500 days before the start of the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janiero has the world's most decorated Olympian, Michael Phelps, picking up two more gold medals in what would be his fifth trip to the Games. The projection system,...
  • Talk of the County: Overturned cases and the obligation to speak up

    Talk of the County: Overturned cases and the obligation to speak up
    Editor's Note: Talk of the County is a reader-generated column of opinions. If you see something you disagree with or think is incorrect, please tell us! Call us at (312) 222-4554 or email talkofthecounty@tribpub.com Obligated to speak up If people...
  • Phelps tunes up with fast times in Texas exhibition

    Phelps tunes up with fast times in Texas exhibition
    With a month to go until his six-month suspension for a second drunken driving arrest ends, Michael Phelps of Baltimore is getting in some racing, even if it's just an exhibition. Phelps swam the 100-yard butterfly in 44.91 seconds Friday before the...
  • Michael Phelps could be reinstated for world championships

    Michael Phelps could be reinstated for world championships
    Michael Phelps could be reinstated to the U.S. team for the FINA World Championships in August, a decision that would give the record-setting swimmer a significant meet to point to as he prepares for a possible Olympic bid in 2016. USA Swimming...
  • 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. ...