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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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  • Michael Phelps' comeback tour continues in Irvine

    The most decorated of Olympians enters the room without fanfare. Wearing a black cap tucked low, he quickly sits with his legs crossed, feet peeking out from underneath a "USA Swimming" tablecloth, as he shifts in a sagging plastic chair. He has done...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • Michael Phelps drops Speedo for new swimwear partner

    Michael Phelps' comeback will come with a new partner, Aqua Sphere. The swimming equipment manufacturer says it is partnering with the most decorated Olympic athlete of all time and his coach, Bob Bowman, to develop "a new class of swim products" and...
  • Michael Phelps leaves Speedo, signs new endorsement deal

    Apparently, $1 million doesn't go as far as it used to. It wasn't so long ago that Speedo paid Michael Phelps that much as a bonus for winning a record eight gold medals at the Beijing Olympics. Now, as Phelps makes a comeback from retirement, he...
  • World champion Sprenger a Pan Pacs doubt for Australia

    SYDNEY (Reuters) - World 100 metres breaststroke champion Christian Sprenger is a doubt for this month's Pan Pacific Championships because of the shoulder injury that wrecked his Commonwealth Games. Sprenger was listed as "subject to fitness" when the...
  • Michael Phelps to swim four events at U.S. championships

    The U.S. national swimming championships in Irvine next week will get some added star power with Michael Phelps planning to race in four events. Phelps is scheduled to enter the 100-meter freestyle, 100 butterfly, 100 backstroke and 200 individual...
  • 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...
  • Georgetown Prep lacrosse coach Giblin resigns after 27 seasons

    Boys lacrosse Georgetown Prep coach Giblin resigns after 27 seasons Georgetown Prep has accepted the resignation of lacrosse coach Kevin Giblin, who led one of the nation's top high school programs for the past 27 years, athletic director Dan Paro...
  • 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...
  • 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-...