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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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  • 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...
  • Community service might help Michael Phelps get his life back on track [Letter]

    Community service might help Michael Phelps get his life back on track [Letter]
    As an educator, I have to say there is a huge part of me that feels very sorry for Michael Phelps ("Olympian Michael Phelps arrested for drunken driving a second time," Sept. 30). Granted, he is famous, has lots of money and a supportive mother. Yet...
  • 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...
  • Phantoms formally open PPL Center with exhibition game

    Phantoms formally open PPL Center with exhibition game
    The Phantoms gave PPL Center a test drive with their first exhibition game last night, and Keith Groller says there's plenty to like about the new arena ... By a vote of 7-0, Allentown City Council approved both a bill and a resolution Wednesday needed to...
  • Police report: Michael Phelps had 'mush mouth' during sobriety test

    Police report: Michael Phelps had 'mush mouth' during sobriety test
    A police report has provided new details about the DUI arrest of Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps earlier this week. Phelps registered 0.14 percent on his Breathalyzer test -- nearly twice the Maryland legal standard -- after police spotted him driving at...
  • 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...
  • How Phelps can earn a measure of redemption [Editorial]

    How Phelps can earn a measure of redemption  [Editorial]
    Michael Phelps was largely forgiven for driving drunk near Salisbury University in 2004 because he was 19 years old. The charge was reduced to driving impaired, his record ultimately wiped clean by the courts. Five years later when a photo of him inhaling...
  • Swimmer Michael Phelps apologizes after arrest on DUI charges

    Swimmer Michael Phelps apologizes after arrest on DUI charges
    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...
  • 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...
  • On The Fly: Another Shot For West Haven's Tony Sparano

    Dennis Allen is out as coach of the 0-4 Raiders — they didn't leave him in London, did they? — and Tony Sparano is in on an interim basis. Sparano is a West Haven native who attended the University of New Haven, where he was the Chargers coach...
  • Olympic medalist Michael Phelps arrested in Maryland on DUI charge

    Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps was arrested on a charge of driving under the influence early Tuesday morning after police say they spotted him traveling at a high speed and weaving on a Baltimore roadway. A Maryland Transportation Authority officer...