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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 films Subway commercial in Brazil, maintains mystery of potential comeback

    Michael Phelps films Subway commercial in Brazil, maintains mystery of potential comeback
    Michael Phelps continued his global mystery tour this week with a trip to Sao Paulo, Brazil, to film his newest Subway commercial with soccer legend Pele. The mystery, of course, is whether Phelps will swim for more gold medals when Brazil hosts the...
  • Franklin, Ledecky hit jackpot - but may not collect

    Franklin, Ledecky hit jackpot - but may not collect
    A gold for Missy Franklin in the 200-meter backstroke? And for Katie Ledecky in the 800-meter freestyle? You could have taken that to the bank before each swam those events at the World Swimming Championships Saturday in Barcelona. But they can&...
  • It takes Franklin a year to wipe out a split second

    It takes Franklin a year to wipe out a split second
    One hundredth of a second. It is an interval the naked eye can’t see, one the mind can’t really wrap itself around, yet one that can make the difference between an Olympic medal and the worst place of all: fourth. That happened to two...
  • Golden honeymoon for Grevers

    Golden honeymoon for Grevers
    Matt Grevers’ honeymoon will seem forever like a golden anniversary. Grevers and his wife of four months, Annie Chandler Grevers, are using their trip to Barcelona for the World Swimming Championships as precursor to a European honeymoon postponed...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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 Phelps 'busier than ever' but still shooting down rumors of a return to swimming

    Michael Phelps 'busier than ever' but still shooting down rumors of a return to swimming
    Earlier this week during an interview with a TV station in Maine, Michael Phelps said “I’m retired. I love it. It’s fun.” But the winner of the most medals in Olympic history is also busier than ever, saying “I’m on the...
  • Coach Bob Bowman says Michael Phelps has been swimming at North Baltimore Aquatic Club

    Coach Bob Bowman says Michael Phelps has been swimming at North Baltimore Aquatic Club
    Michael Phelps is keeping everyone guessing. Less than a week after Phelps told a Maine TV station that “I’m retired. I love it. It’s fun,” his coach Bob Bowman told a French news agency that the winner of the most medals in...
  • If Michael Phelps wants to come back, there's no reason for us to think he can't

    If Michael Phelps wants to come back, there's no reason for us to think he can't
    Michael Phelps has nothing left to prove in a swimming pool. His place in Olympic history is assured, and anything he might accomplish during the 2016 games in Rio de Janeiro — if he should decide to try and add to his record medal count —...