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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 to take break for treatment after DUI arrest

    Michael Phelps to take break for treatment after DUI arrest
    Olympian Michael Phelps plans to enter a six-week in-patient treatment program following a drunken-driving arrest last week in Baltimore, according to his representatives. In a series of statements on Twitter Sunday morning, the Baltimore native told...
  • Michael Phelps to take break from swimming after drunken driving arrest

    (Reuters) - Famed U.S. swimmer Michael Phelps, who recently returned to top-level competition after a two-year retirement, said on Sunday he would take a break from swimming and undergo treatment after his arrest last week for drunken driving. Phelps,...
  • Sideline Chatter: Dog days of summer? No kidding

    Royals fan Joe Onofrio has a promise to keep to his baseball-challenged girlfriend after Kansas City ended its 29-year playoff drought. "He basically said if we won the division or made it past the wild-card game, and if I paid attention to the games...
  • Phelps stepping away from swimming following DUI arrest

    The Sports Xchange Phelps stepping away from swimming following DUI arrest Olympic swimming champion Michael Phelps announced Saturday he will take "some time away" from swimming and attend a program to help "better understand" himself. Phelps, 29, was...
  • Memo to Gators: Jon Gruden has no interest in you!

    Memo to Gators: Jon Gruden has no interest in you!
    Running off at the typewriter … You know what the problem with rabid college football fans is: They think their team is the absolute most attractive, awesome, amazing team in the whole wide world and any coach would fall all over himself for...
  • Phelps should quit booze and smoke pot [Letter]

    Phelps should quit booze and smoke pot [Letter]
    It's sad to see Michael Phelps in the news again, not for his athletic accomplishments but for driving drunk — again ("Phelps faces second charge," Oct. 1). Now he's gone from wayward youth making a bad decision to a problem drinker and public...
  • Excerpts: Sampling of columns of note from the past week

    AILENE VOISIN, Sacramento Bee, on THE NEED FOR THE RAIDERS TO HIRE JON GRUDEN Raiders owner Mark Davis should stop fretting about his team winning its first football game of the season. His team is 0-4. So, no, this is not the year of the great...
  • Hagino sets sights on Olympics after conquering Asia

    INCHEON South Korea (Reuters) - Showing no sign of fatigue or weariness after his gruelling schedule, Japan's Kosuke Hagino provided another glimpse on Wednesday of why he could be the man to take over from Michael Phelps as swimming's ultimate ironman....
  • Phelps case puts USA Swimming in no-win position

    USA Swimming finds itself in a no-win situation as it discusses what penalty to levy against Michael Phelps after his second drunk driving arrest. While the federation undoubtedly will wait to see how the Maryland courts treat Phelps’ case, he...
  • Michael Phelps' blood alcohol level was 0.14 at time of arrest

    Michael Phelps' blood alcohol level was 0.14 at time of arrest
    Red-eyed and slurring his words, Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps had a blood alcohol level of 0.14, well above the state limit of 0.08, when he was arrested and charged with drunken driving Tuesday morning after leaving the Horseshoe Casino in downtown...
  • Olympian Michael Phelps arrested for drunken driving a second time

    Olympian Michael Phelps arrested for drunken driving a second time
    Michael Phelps was arrested early Tuesday in Baltimore, charged for the second time in 10 years with drunken driving. The charge comes five months after the record-setting Olympian's return to competition. Phelps, 29, was stopped for speeding just...