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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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  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Phelps' second DUI arrest should draw harsher penalty

    Phelps' second DUI arrest should draw harsher penalty
    The last time he was arrested for drunk driving, Michael Phelps was 19, a newly-minted multiple Olympic gold medalist and millionaire suddenly living in the fast lane. Immaturity never can be an excuse for Phelps' getting behind the wheel in an alcohol-...
  • You've heard this before: Ledecky, world record

    You've heard this before: Ledecky, world record
    This sounds like a broken record. Literally and figuratively. Katie Ledecky broke her second world record in two days, third in 15 days and fifth in just over two months when she swam the 1,500-meter freestyle in 15 minutes 28.36 seconds in Sunday&...
  • Lindsey Vonn takes on Youth Olympics role

    Lindsey Vonn takes on Youth Olympics role
    Once again, the youth of the world will have Lindsey Vonn as their representative. The International Olympic Committee announced Tuesday that it had selected Vonn to reprise her role as ambassador to the 2016 Youth Winter Games in Lillehammer, Norway....
  • U.S. Olympic champ Phelps arrested for DUI

    Olympic swimming champion Michael Phelps was arrested for drunken driving early on Tuesday after speeding and then crossing the double-lane lines inside the Fort McHenry Tunnel in Baltimore, Maryland Transportation Authority Police said. Phelps was...
  • Friday's multi-sport college and local roundup: Kecoughtan grad's first college goal lifts VMI women to soccer victory

    Colleges: Women’s soccer: Senior Allie Segura, a senior from Kecoughtan High, netted a tiebreaking penalty kick in the 73rd minute Friday to give VMI a 2-1 victory over Howard in Lexington. A VMI player was pulled down in a scrum inside the box,...
  • Ledecky swims to yet another world record

    Ledecky swims to yet another world record
    Forget all the fancy superlatives. It takes just one three-letter word to assess Katie Ledecky. Wow. In pouring rain Saturday at the Pan Pacific Championships in Southport, Australia, the 17-year-old from Bethesda, Md., broke the world record in the...
  • Where's the IOC love for L.A. '84?

    Where's the IOC love for L.A. '84?
    Ten thoughts about matters Olympic: 1.  The 1984 Los Angeles Games may have saved the OIympics, but you would never know that from the International Olympic Committee’s indifference to the recent 30th anniversary of those Summer Olympics....
  • Ravens tight end Owen Daniels steps up at the right time

    Ravens tight end Owen Daniels steps up at the right time
    Just a few weeks ago, Ravens veteran tight end Owen Daniels' status was very much in doubt. When a chronic hamstring problem sidelined the two-time Pro Bowl selection for the majority of the preseason, Daniels insisted that he knew how his body was...
  • Michael Phelps finishes second in 100-meter butterfly at national championships

    Michael Phelps finishes second in 100-meter butterfly at national championships
    IRVINE, Calif. — Michael Phelps has passed so many tests in his swimming career that it's easy to assume he'll always surmount the next one. But he faced an unfamiliar predicament Friday, trying to overcome a clumsy start to the Phillips 66...