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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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  • It takes Franklin a year to wipe out a split second

    It takes Franklin a year to wipe out a split second
    One hundredth of a second. It is an interval the naked eye can’t see, one the mind can’t really wrap itself around, yet one that can make the difference between an Olympic medal and the worst place of all: fourth. That happened to two...
  • For Michael Phelps, law of diminishing returns

    For Michael Phelps, law of diminishing returns
    That Michael Phelps is the best swimmer in history goes without saying.  His 14 Olympic gold medals and 24 World Championship gold medals -- including two more this week - speak for themselves, given that no one else has won more than nine Olympic...
  • Like old days: Lochte, Phelps 1-2 in 200 IM at nationals

    Like old days: Lochte, Phelps 1-2 in 200 IM at nationals
    IRVINE, Calif. — Like all the elite swimmers at this U.S. Championships, Winnetka's Conor Dwyer faced a dilemma because of the unusual selection process to which results from this meet contribute. The top two finishers in nearly all events at...
  • 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...
  • Sighting: Michael Phelps hits the town during Ryder Cup week

    Sighting: Michael Phelps hits the town during Ryder Cup week
    You didn’t really expect Michael Phelps to stay in during his week in the Chicago area for the Ryder Cup, did you? Besides taping the Golf Channel’s “Feherty Live” September 24 with Michael Jordan and and taking part in the Ryder...
  • Georgetown Prep lacrosse coach Giblin resigns after 27 seasons

    Boys lacrosse Georgetown Prep coach Giblin resigns after 27 seasons Georgetown Prep has accepted the resignation of lacrosse coach Kevin Giblin, who led one of the nation's top high school programs for the past 27 years, athletic director Dan Paro...
  • Aja Evans reveals the naked truth

    Aja Evans reveals the naked truth
    On a day when nearly all her body was exposed to the world, 2014 Olympic bobsled medalist Aja Evans was honing it for an attempt to reach elite status in another sport. The 26-year-old Chicagoan is among 22 athletes, along with swimming legend Michael...
  • Phelps' comeback gains speed with 100 butterfly win

    Phelps' comeback gains speed with 100 butterfly win The comeback of Baltimore's Michael Phelps continued in impressive fashion Friday at the Bulldog Grand Slam in Athens, Ga., as the most decorated Olympian of all time beat rival Ryan Lochte in the 100-...
  • Michael Phelps still pressing for his A game

     Michael Phelps still pressing for his A game
    IRVINE, Calif. — Even after Michael Phelps swam this season's world-leading time in the Friday morning heats of the 100-meter butterfly at the U.S. championships, his coach still was concerned about Phelps' ability to swim two strong races in a day....
  • Katie Ledecky sets world record in 400 freestyle

     Katie Ledecky sets world record in 400 freestyle
    IRVINE, Calif. — She ripped off her outer swim cap and threw it into the pool, raised one fist and then the other and pounded the water with both. It was a rare unfettered display of emotion from Katie Ledecky. It also was perfectly befitting...
  • Michael Phelps has nothing to lose in his swimming comeback | VIDEO

    Michael Phelps has nothing to lose in his swimming comeback | <span style="color: #DD5200; font-weight: bold;">VIDEO </span>
    We should all be so fortunate to be able to retire at age 27 and embark on an international quest to experience a world full of fun and privilege, but Michael Phelps — quite predictably — has come to realize that living the good life isn't...