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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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  • Conor Dwyer taking flight under Michael Phelps' wing

    BALTIMORE — It is a perfect late spring morning. The sun already has dried out the remains of an overnight rain, and the birds are chirping so loudly, they nearly drown out conversation during an al fresco breakfast outside the Whole Foods in the...
  • 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...
  • ESPN The Magazine previews The Body Issue | Video

    ESPN The Magazine has released some images and videos to preview their The Body issue, featuring various athletes in the nude, with key areas concealed. Among the athletes photographed are tennis star Venus Williams, Olympic swimming luminary Michael...
  • Inspiration Point becomes place of grief for missing swimmer's family

    Inspiration Point becomes place of grief for missing swimmer's family
    Inspiration Point in Rancho Palos Verdes was a point of desperation and grief Thursday for family and friends of Joseph Sanchez, the 18-year-old who went missing the day before after jumping from the cliff's edge into the pounding surf about a dozen...
  • Phelps comeback marches on with butterfly win

    The comeback of Michael Phelps continued in impressive fashion on Friday as the most decorated Olympian of all time beat rival Ryan Lochte in the 100 meters butterfly and notched up the second fastest time of the year in Athens, Georgia. Phelps posted a...
  • Michael Phelps finishes behind Dwyer, Fallston's Kalisz in 200-meter individual medley

    Michael Phelps continued his return to competitive swimming with a third-place finish in the men's 200-meter individual-medley final at the Arena Grand Prix at Santa Clara on Sunday. Phelps, competing in the 200 medley for the first time since taking...
  • Michael Phelps to appear nude in ESPN The Magazine's 'Body Issue'

    Michael Phelps to appear nude in ESPN The Magazine's 'Body Issue'
    If you've ever said you've seen enough of Towson-born Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps for one lifetime, I submit to you evidence that you may have spoken too soon. Phelps, the record-setting Olympic swimmer, is one of 22 athletes appearing nude in ESPN ...
  • 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-...
  • East Los Angeles set to get its first Olympic-sized swimming pool

    East Los Angeles set to get its first Olympic-sized swimming pool
    Kids from East Los Angeles who dream of becoming the next Michael Phelps or Missy Franklin will now be able to train in their own community. Los Angeles County officials are set to celebrate the grand opening Saturday of a new aquatic center at East L....
  • Why Chocolope? To sell marijuana, you need a clever name

    Why Chocolope? To sell marijuana, you need a clever name
    Adam Orenstein spent years cross-breeding marijuana plants before arriving at his proud new strain, a tall stalky plant frosted with white crystally hairs prized by growers and smokers. But before releasing it to the public, he and his partners toiled...
  • Man's disappearance turns Inspiration Point into a site of desperation

    Man's disappearance turns Inspiration Point into a site of desperation
    Inspiration Point in Rancho Palos Verdes is both beautiful and powerful, drawing those who simply want to watch the crashing waves and those seeking the thrill of jumping from the cliff's edge. But on Thursday, Inspiration Point was a site of...