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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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  • 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...
  • Timothy O. Pierce Sr., swimming coach

    Timothy O. Pierce Sr., swimming coach
    Timothy O. Pierce Sr., a swimming coach and retired English teacher at Loyola Blakefield, where he headed its middle school, died of cancer Oct. 16 at Gilchrist Hospice Care. The resident of the Hampton section of Towson was 71. He was a co-founder of...
  • Peter Daland dies at 93; coach of swimming champions at USC, Olympics

    Peter Daland dies at 93; coach of swimming champions at USC, Olympics
    Peter Daland, who started his career at USC as a part-time swim coach with a desk in a mimeograph room and rose to become one of the most celebrated names in both collegiate and Olympic swimming, died Monday in Thousand Oaks. He was 93. Daland had...
  • After struggles at national championships, Michael Phelps looks ahead

    After struggles at national championships, Michael Phelps looks ahead
    IRVINE, Calif. — If this year's Phillips 66 National Championships hold any enduring place in Michael Phelps' mind, he might remember them as a needed, albeit painful, slug of reality. Until the past week, Phelps had treated his four-month...
  • Michael Phelps to test comeback form this week at U.S. Nationals

    Michael Phelps to test comeback form this week at U.S. Nationals
    IRVINE, Calif. — Though he has swum four meets since his return to competition, Michael Phelps will gain a truer gauge of his form this week at U.S. Nationals. The event, which begins Wednesday and runs through Sunday, will bring together the...
  • Michael Phelps suspended 6 months, won't swim in world championships

    USA Swimming has suspended Michael Phelps from competition for six months and removed him from its 2015 world championship team in response to the record-setting Olympian’s drunken-driving arrest in Baltimore last week. The punishment came the day...
  • Phelps, suspendido seis meses y apartado de los Mundiales

    Phelps, suspendido seis meses y apartado de los Mundiales
    El nadador estadounidense Michael Phelps, el deportista olímpico más laureado de la historia, ha sido sancionado por la federación de su país con seis meses de suspensión y no participar en los Mundiales de 2015, una semana después de haber sido...
  • Serving potential drunk drivers more alcohol should be against the law [Letter]

    Serving potential drunk drivers more alcohol should be against the law [Letter]
    Regarding Olympic medalist Michael Phelps' latest DUI arrest, those responsible for these unconscionable behaviors always seem to take "full responsibility" for their actions, but what about the responsibility of the bars or nightclubs that continue to...
  • Phelps is already focused on himself [Letter]

    Phelps is already focused on himself [Letter]
    Michael Phelps is going to attend a treatment program to focus on himself ("Phelps says he will enter six weeks of treatment," Oct. 6). What a bunch of bull hockey. He already focused on himself when he decided to drive drunk. He showed he cares about...
  • Guilty, recess, and Supreme Being: Letters

    Guilty, recess, and Supreme Being: Letters
    Reserve guilty verdict I am a big fan of Mike Bianchi, your very talented sportswriter. Get ready everybody here it comes, the but ... From poor old Joseph way back in ancient Egypt to Tawana Brawley of Al Sharpton fame, women have accused innocent...