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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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  • Beating down the wall for poker

    Beating down the wall for poker
    Maryland Live Casino officials pounded through a wall near the facility's high-stakes slots and table games rooms Thursday, revealing the construction going on inside a 14,800-square-foot addition that will open next month with 52 poker tables. The...
  • Swimmers Michael Phelps, Jessica Long among ESPY Award winners

    Swimmers Michael Phelps, Jessica Long among ESPY Award winners
    ESPY Awards Michael Phelps, Jessica Long among winners Michael Phelps won two ESPY Awards on Wednesday night at the annual ceremony in Los Angeles, topping the "Best Male Olympian" and "Best Record Breaking Performance" categories, and Jessica Long...
  • Ravens shut out at last night's ESPYs

    Ravens shut out at last night's ESPYs
    Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs doesn't miss an opportunity to express his admiration and love for LeBron James and the Miami Heat. However, he probably wasn't a huge fan of the back-to-back NBA champions last night. That's because the Heat, and James...
  • Michael Phelps brings new girlfriend to ESPYs

    Michael Phelps brings new girlfriend to ESPYs
    Michael Phelps looked like he was enjoying himself at the ESPY Awards in Los Angeles this evening. Dressed in a dark suit instead of a swim suit, and with Golf Channel reporter Win McMurry on his arm as he walked the red carpet, retirement seemed to agree...
  • ESPYs' red carpet lets athletes strut their fashion stuff

    ESPYs' red carpet lets athletes strut their fashion stuff
    NBA phenom LeBron James wore a red tux with black lapels. U.S. soccer goalkeeper Hope Solo donned a short black and white dress. Hurdler Lolo Jones glowed in a yellow, halter-neck cocktail dress. Olympic gold-medal swimmer Michael Phelps was in a suit...
  • Phelps to take his first shot at celebrity golf tourney

    Phelps to take his first shot at celebrity golf tourney
    Golf Phelps to take his first shot at celebrity event All-time Olympic gold-medal leader and Baltimore County native Michael Phelps will make his American Century Championship debut today. Answering questions at a news conference for the Lake Tahoe-...
  • Balto. Co. trail to honor mother and son killed in 2008 car crash

    Balto. Co. trail to honor mother and son killed in 2008 car crash
    If it was a Saturday morning and the weather was nice, you could find Katie and Wil Brady on their bikes, exploring trails around the Baltimore region. That was until 2008, when the Perry Hall mother and her 8-year-old son were killed in a car crash on...
  • Brandt Snedeker wins Canadian Open, thanks Hunter Mahan's wife

    Brandt Snedeker wins Canadian Open, thanks Hunter Mahan's wife
    Brandt Snedeker won the Canadian Open on Sunday for his second PGA Tour title of the year, closing with two-under 70 for a three-stroke victory at Oakville, Canada. Snedeker, who held on to finish with a 16-under total of 272 at Glen Abbey, took the...
  • Michael Phelps not ruling out Olympic return for 2016 Rio Games

     
    He may have said he was retiring after the 2012 Summer Olympics, but Michael Phelps isn't closing the door on a return in 2016, when the games head to Rio de Janeiro....
  • Prep sports profile: Kristy Dertz

    Prep sports profile: Kristy Dertz
    In her two years on Lincoln-Way East’s cross country team, Kristy Dertz has inched her way to the front of the pack. Now, the junior hopes she can propel her team to its third consecutive state meet. “[Kristy’s] competitiveness really...
  • Kevin Hunt: Review: Sol Republic Master Tracks Headphones (And Nokia Lumia 1020)

    Sol Republic, the headphone brand swimmer Michael Phelps wore everywhere except underwater at the 2012 Olympics, has gotten itself in deep with the new Master Tracks. It's moving upscale, from the original $99.99 on-ear Tracks to the $199.99 over-ear...