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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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  • Tribune's 27th annual international sports awards

     Tribune's 27th annual international sports awards
    The year in international sports began badly when Lance Armstrong went on Oprah Winfrey's show and admitted to being a liar, a bully and a fraud while still refusing to tell the whole truth about his doping. It would get worse when Russia passed anti-...
  • A swim in the pool with a chill in the air means winter can't be far behind (Hudson's Corner)

    We've been on borrowed time all fall. With temperatures unusually high in October, I luxuriated in outdoor swimming. Every day that I swam outside under blue sky and big clouds at Meadowbrook, I knew cold days were coming: days when I'd have to push...
  • Michael Phelps says he's not yet in Olympic shape

    Michael Phelps says he's not yet in Olympic shape
    Michael Phelps said Saturday he's back in the pool a couple of times a week, but he's nowhere near ready for a return to competitive swimming. Rumors about Phelps reversing his retirement picked up steam after he entered the drug-testing pool for...
  • Michael and Debbie Phelps celebrate mothers at fundraiser

    Michael and Debbie Phelps celebrate mothers at fundraiser
    To jolt a young Michael Phelps out of bed for 6 a.m. swim practice, his mom Debbie sometimes resorted to blasting him with a hot hair dryer. "I was always the worst at getting out of bed," Phelps recalled Saturday at a breakfast fundraiser honoring...
  • Dulaney runner Abby Cahalan thankful for a second chance at an athletic career

    Dulaney runner Abby Cahalan thankful for a second chance at an athletic career
    We finally live in a world of widespread concussion awareness, and for that 17-year-old Abby Cahalan will give thanks on Thursday. She learned about postconcussion syndrome the hard way — one pounding headache and dizzy spell at a time — and...
  • Bethesda's Ledecky earns Swimming World honor

    Swimming Bethesda's Ledecky earns Swimming World honor Katie Ledecky of Bethesda is on the cover of this month's issue of Swimming World magazine, heralding her selection as World Female Swimmer of the Year; the issue is due out today. Ledecky is the...
  • Michael Phelps films Subway commercial in Brazil, maintains mystery of potential comeback

    Michael Phelps films Subway commercial in Brazil, maintains mystery of potential comeback
    Michael Phelps continued his global mystery tour this week with a trip to Sao Paulo, Brazil, to film his newest Subway commercial with soccer legend Pele. The mystery, of course, is whether Phelps will swim for more gold medals when Brazil hosts the...
  • Gertrude A. 'Trudy' Mugele, homemaker

    Gertrude A. 'Trudy' Mugele, homemaker
    Gertrude A. "Trudy" Mugele, a homemaker and former administrative assistant who instilled in her children the enduring value of a good education, died Oct. 24 of heart failure at her Lutherville home. She was 90. The daughter of Francis and Bronislava...
  • 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...
  • In the water, Lochte shines brightly

    In the water, Lochte shines brightly
    Since the London Olympics, Ryan Lochte has seemed bent on proving he is not the brightest bulb in the chandelier. Take his reality TV show, “What Would Ryan Lochte Do?” (Please). This is what a Washington Post reviewer said about it:...
  • Michael Phelps throws water on reports that he'll return to the Olympic pool

    Michael Phelps throws water on reports that he'll return to the Olympic pool
    He's back ... unless he's not. Rumors that Michael Phelps, already the most decorated Olympian, is planning to come out of retirement sent the swimming community abuzz Friday night. Phelps, the Baltimore native who retired with a lifetime 22 medals,...