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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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  • Swimmer Michael Phelps apologizes after arrest on DUI charges

    Swimmer Michael Phelps apologizes after arrest on DUI charges
    Michael Phelps was arrested early Tuesday in Baltimore, charged for the second time in 10 years with drunken driving. The charge comes five months after the record-setting Olympian's return to competition. Phelps, 29, was stopped for speeding just...
  • 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-...
  • 'Old man' Phelps pokes fun at his mediocre swimming

    'Old man' Phelps pokes fun at his mediocre swimming
    IRVINE, Calif. - When he added a sixth in Saturday's 100-meter backstroke to his seventh in the 100 freestyle and second in the 100 butterfly, the greatest swimmer in history summed up his U.S. Championships with some acerbic but lighthearted self-...
  • 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...
  • Michael Phelps distant 7th in 100 free final at U.S. nationals

    IRVINE, Calif. — His comeback performances may not have been particularly eye-catching so far, save for the first and the most recent in the 100-meter butterfly, but there seems little doubt that everyone competing with him still is looking over a...
  • Man, oh man, Katie Ledecky was fast

    Man, oh man, Katie Ledecky was fast
    USA Swimming inadvertently helped put Katie Ledecky’s remarkable achievements in perspective last week by announcing the qualifying time standards for the 2016 Olympic Trials. Bill Mallon, the world’s leading authority on Olympic statistical...
  • 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&...
  • Importance of 'memory fitness' [Letter]

    Importance of 'memory fitness' [Letter]
    When I came to Baltimore-based Erickson Living to work as a public relations summer intern, I imagined I would enrich my professional experiences and skills but never dreamed I'd walk away with such a wealth of knowledge on memory care, memory health...