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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 submits to drug testing, signaling possible return to pool

    Michael Phelps submits to drug testing, signaling possible return to pool
    After months of hints and half-denials, Michael Phelps has re-entered the drug testing pool for international competition, the strongest signal yet that he's planning a return to swimming. Phelps, already widely regarded as the greatest competitive...
  • 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...
  • Gertrude A. 'Trudy' Mugele, homemaker

    Gertrude A. 'Trudy' Mugele, homemaker
    Gertrude A. "Trudy" Mugele, a homemaker and former administrative assistant who instilled in her children the enduring value of a good education, died Oct. 24 of heart failure at her Lutherville home. She was 90. The daughter of Francis and Bronislava...
  • Tough meet should be "catalyst" for U.S. swimmer Cordes

    Tough meet should be "catalyst" for U.S. swimmer Cordes
    Last week, Kevin Cordes had described his sub-par performances in the individual breaststroke events at his first long-course World Championships as something to learn from. Sunday in Barcelona, he got a particularly harsh lesson. The 19-year-old from...
  • Michael Phelps says he's not yet in Olympic shape

    Michael Phelps says he's not yet in Olympic shape
    Michael Phelps said Saturday he's back in the pool a couple of times a week, but he's nowhere near ready for a return to competitive swimming. Rumors about Phelps reversing his retirement picked up steam after he entered the drug-testing pool for...
  • Anchor away: Franklin full steam ahead on relay leg

    Anchor away: Franklin full steam ahead on relay leg
    Missy Franklin met another new challenge Thursday: Anchoring a relay in a global championship. And just to make it a little harder, her U.S. team was 1.12 seconds behind Australia in the 4 x 200-meter freestyle relay at the World Championships in...
  • In the water, Lochte shines brightly

    In the water, Lochte shines brightly
    Since the London Olympics, Ryan Lochte has seemed bent on proving he is not the brightest bulb in the chandelier. Take his reality TV show, “What Would Ryan Lochte Do?” (Please). This is what a Washington Post reviewer said about it:...
  • Notebook: No setbacks for Webb, Yanda in preseason debuts

    Notebook: No setbacks for Webb, Yanda in preseason debuts
    It only took a few moments for Ravens Pro Bowl offensive guard Marshal Yanda and starting cornerback Lardarius Webb during their respective preseason debuts to prove that their surgically repaired limbs are sound and highly functional. Yanda underwent...
  • Michael Phelps and girlfriend Win McMurry attend Ravens' practice

    Michael Phelps and girlfriend Win McMurry attend Ravens' practice
    Retired swimmer Michael Phelps was with the Ravens every step of the way during their Super Bowl run last year, and the most decorated Olympian ever is picking up where he left off. Five days after attending the Ravens' preseason loss last Thursday to...
  • Michael and Debbie Phelps celebrate mothers at fundraiser

    Michael and Debbie Phelps celebrate mothers at fundraiser
    To jolt a young Michael Phelps out of bed for 6 a.m. swim practice, his mom Debbie sometimes resorted to blasting him with a hot hair dryer. "I was always the worst at getting out of bed," Phelps recalled Saturday at a breakfast fundraiser honoring...
  • Dulaney runner Abby Cahalan thankful for a second chance at an athletic career

    Dulaney runner Abby Cahalan thankful for a second chance at an athletic career
    We finally live in a world of widespread concussion awareness, and for that 17-year-old Abby Cahalan will give thanks on Thursday. She learned about postconcussion syndrome the hard way — one pounding headache and dizzy spell at a time — and...