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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' trial postponed until Dec. 19

    Michael Phelps' trial postponed until Dec. 19
    Michael Phelps' trial for drunken-driving charges has been postponed from later this month until Dec. 19 at the request of the swimmer's attorney. Phelps, 29, was arrested Sept. 30 outside Fort McHenry Tunnel after being clocked going 84 mph in a 45-mph...
  • Reject 'You Can't Sit With Us' shirts

     Reject 'You Can't Sit With Us' shirts
    Dear teen girls, Please don't buy a "You Can't Sit With Us" shirt. They beckon from websites and hang feebly on clothing racks, just asking to be donned. A reader named Susan emailed me a photo of them on sale for 30 percent off last week at her local...
  • Michael Phelps celebrates Christmas in teeny, tiny swimwear

    Michael Phelps celebrates Christmas in teeny, tiny swimwear
    Perhaps unsurprisingly, Michael Phelps (appears to have) had more exciting Christmas celebrations than you did. The Olympic superstar posted to Instagram late this week with a photo from a Christmas pajama party he attended with sometime-girlfriend...
  • Baltimore's 2014 in review

    Baltimore's 2014 in review
    If Baltimore kept a family album for every year of its life, the one for 2014 would be dominated by dazzling pictures of September's Star-Spangled Spectacular. The city never looked better than when it celebrated the 200th anniversary of the national...
  • Michael Phelps wins Golden Goggles, is back in pool

    Michael Phelps wins Golden Goggles, is back in pool
    Michael Phelps, who Monday night won the Golden Goggles Award as USA Swimming's Male Athlete of the Year, is back in the pool, according to Keenan Robinson, director of athlete services at North Baltimore Aquatic Club, who accepted the honor on the 18-...
  • Michael Phelps faces DUI trial Friday as he prepares to swim again in 2015

    Michael Phelps is scheduled to face trial on drunken driving charges in a Baltimore courtroom Friday morning. As he does, the Olympic great has already begun preparations to resume competing sometime next year. Though he's unlikely to face jail time,...
  • Rollins finally traded to Dodgers

    Rollins finally traded to Dodgers
    It took over a week for the final word to come, but Jimmy Rollins is now officially a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers … Tomorrow is win or go home for the Philadelphia Eagles, whose best chance of making the playoffs remains winning the NFC...
  • Michael Phelps pleads guilty to DUI charge, sentenced to probation

    Michael Phelps pleads guilty to DUI charge, sentenced to probation
    Michael Phelps, the most decorated swimmer in U.S. history, pleaded guilty to a drunken driving charge stemming from his arrest in September and was sentenced to probation while appearing in Baltimore City District Court on Friday. Phelps, 29, was...
  • Michael Phelps gets no jail time after entering guilty plea in DUI case

    Michael Phelps gets no jail time after entering guilty plea in DUI case
    With promises to continue treatment for alcohol abuse and to help others avoid his mistakes, Michael Phelps pleaded guilty to driving under the influence in Baltimore District Court on Friday and came away with a one-year suspended sentence and 18...
  • 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...
  • Michael Phelps brings old friend to family's Thanksgiving dinner

    Michael Phelps brings old friend to family's Thanksgiving dinner
    Michael Phelps enjoyed Thanksgiving surrounded by his family and an old friend, former Miss California Nicole Johnson, who Phelps reportedly dated off and on for about three years before ending it in 2012. Phelps, sporting a full beard, posted a photo...