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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' 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-...
  • Grevers dunks demons on way to Australia

    IRVINE, Calif. -- The pool brought back bad memories.  It was the place where Matt Grevers saw his swimming career go dead in the water at exactly the same point in the Olympic cycle -  the U.S. Championships in the middle year between Summer Games....
  • Under Armour in tussle to try to pull NBA's Kevin Durant away from Nike

    Under Armour in tussle to try to pull NBA's Kevin Durant away from Nike
    Under Armour is working to land NBA superstar Kevin Durant as a pitch man — a sponsorship deal that could be one of the largest ever signed and give the Baltimore company a major inroad into the lucrative basketball marketplace. Signing the popular...
  • Michael Phelps finishes seventh in 100 freestyle at U.S. championships

    Michael Phelps finishes seventh in 100 freestyle at U.S. championships
    Swimmer Nathan Adrian describes sprinting as being catlike. You eat, take naps, and lounge all day. When it's time to flip the switch, you have to move fast. Apparently, the cats had a hard time waking up Wednesday night. In a slow race across the...
  • Bel Air's Chase Kalisz wants to cradle gold in his 'baby,' the 400 IM

    Bel Air's Chase Kalisz wants to cradle gold in his 'baby,' the 400 IM
    Swimmers describe the race as a snarling beast that will rob them of the energy needed for other endeavors. The greatest of all time, Michael Phelps, says he'll never swim it again. Too painful. You'll hear no such talk, however, from Bel Air native...
  • Katie Ledecky beats Missy Franklin in 200 freestyle

    Katie Ledecky beats Missy Franklin in 200 freestyle
    Bruce Gemmell smiled and shook his head after being asked if he could come up with an American comparison to his star pupil, Katie Ledecky. Was there another swimmer with the potential to dominate races? No one immediately came to mind. In fact, the...
  • Michael Phelps storms back at U.S. swimming championships

    Michael Phelps storms back at U.S. swimming championships
    It didn't take long for Michael Phelps to overcome a discouraging first day at the U.S. swimming championships in Irvine. Phelps rebounded during preliminary heats on Friday morning, swimming the fastest 100-meter butterfly time in the world this year. ...
  • Bumpy ride into history

    Bumpy ride into history
    Baltimore, home to the first received telegraph message (Samuel Morse, 1844, sent from Washington), the first umbrella factory in America (1828), the first Ouija board (1892) and — to note what really matters — the first baseball player to win...
  • Michael Phelps is a touch off in 100 butterfly at U.S. swim nationals

    Michael Phelps' bid for his most important win since announcing his return to swimming in April came up just short Friday night, when he missed a victory in the 100-meter butterfly by a hundredth of a second at the U.S. National Championships in Irvine....
  • "Pure backstroker" Grevers hopes to hold off Phelps

    IRVINE, Calif. -- Matt Grevers was “pleasantly surprised” by his time in Saturday morning’s heats of the 100-meter backstroke at the U.S. Championships. No wonder. His clocking of 53.11 seconds not only was fastest in the field by...
  • Swimmers Natalie Coughlin, Simone Manuel: It's the same but different

    Swimmers Natalie Coughlin, Simone Manuel: It's the same but different
    Earlier this week, swimmer Missy Franklin compared the U.S. National Championships to a hypothetical event in which LeBron James is playing games with a bunch of high school players. Olympians like Michael Phelps, Ryan Lochte and Katie Ledecky compete...