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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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  • Phelps case puts USA Swimming in no-win position

    USA Swimming finds itself in a no-win situation as it discusses what penalty to levy against Michael Phelps after his second drunk driving arrest. While the federation undoubtedly will wait to see how the Maryland courts treat Phelps’ case, he...
  • Community service might help Michael Phelps get his life back on track [Letter]

    Community service might help Michael Phelps get his life back on track [Letter]
    As an educator, I have to say there is a huge part of me that feels very sorry for Michael Phelps ("Olympian Michael Phelps arrested for drunken driving a second time," Sept. 30). Granted, he is famous, has lots of money and a supportive mother. Yet...
  • Phelps should quit booze and smoke pot [Letter]

    Phelps should quit booze and smoke pot [Letter]
    It's sad to see Michael Phelps in the news again, not for his athletic accomplishments but for driving drunk — again ("Phelps faces second charge," Oct. 1). Now he's gone from wayward youth making a bad decision to a problem drinker and public...
  • Police report: Michael Phelps had 'mush mouth' during sobriety test

    Police report: Michael Phelps had 'mush mouth' during sobriety test
    A police report has provided new details about the DUI arrest of Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps earlier this week. Phelps registered 0.14 percent on his Breathalyzer test -- nearly twice the Maryland legal standard -- after police spotted him driving at...
  • Phantoms formally open PPL Center with exhibition game

    Phantoms formally open PPL Center with exhibition game
    The Phantoms gave PPL Center a test drive with their first exhibition game last night, and Keith Groller says there's plenty to like about the new arena ... By a vote of 7-0, Allentown City Council approved both a bill and a resolution Wednesday needed to...
  • How Phelps can earn a measure of redemption [Editorial]

    How Phelps can earn a measure of redemption  [Editorial]
    Michael Phelps was largely forgiven for driving drunk near Salisbury University in 2004 because he was 19 years old. The charge was reduced to driving impaired, his record ultimately wiped clean by the courts. Five years later when a photo of him inhaling...
  • Michael Phelps finishes second in 100-meter butterfly at national championships

    Michael Phelps finishes second in 100-meter butterfly at national championships
    IRVINE, Calif. — Michael Phelps has passed so many tests in his swimming career that it's easy to assume he'll always surmount the next one. But he faced an unfamiliar predicament Friday, trying to overcome a clumsy start to the Phillips 66...
  • Michael Phelps looks to regain winning form at Pan Pacific Championships

    Michael Phelps looks to regain winning form at Pan Pacific Championships
    It's not the Olympics or world championships, but Michael Phelps would like to regain his winning form against world-class competition, and he'll have that chance this week in Australia at the Pan Pacific Championships. The meet is the most...
  • Phelps, 6 others from NBAC named to USA Swimming national team

    Phelps, 6 others from NBAC named to USA Swimming national team
    Michael Phelps, the most-decorated Olympian of all time, is among seven North Baltimore Aquatic Club swimmers named Wednesday to the 2014-15 USA Swimming national team roster. Phelps, who is returning from retirement, made the team in the (100-meter...
  • Olympic medalist Michael Phelps arrested in Maryland on DUI charge

    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...