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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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  • 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...
  • After sixth-place finish in 100 backstroke, disappointed Michael Phelps vents: 'I hate this'

    After sixth-place finish in 100 backstroke, disappointed Michael Phelps vents: 'I hate this'
    IRVINE, Calif. — As he moves forward with his comeback, Michael Phelps can't always measure his progress the way he used to: in victories. Take the unusual position he found himself in Saturday at the Phillips 66 National Championships. The...
  • Conor Dwyer gets up to speed

    Conor Dwyer gets up to speed
    IRVINE, Calif. – Like all the elite swimmers at this U.S. Championships, Winnetka’s Conor Dwyer faced a dilemma because of the unusual selection process to which results from this meet contribute. Top two finishers at nationals – and...
  • After struggles at national championships, Michael Phelps looks ahead

    After struggles at national championships, Michael Phelps looks ahead
    IRVINE, Calif. — If this year's Phillips 66 National Championships hold any enduring place in Michael Phelps' mind, he might remember them as a needed, albeit painful, slug of reality. Until the past week, Phelps had treated his four-month...
  • Like old days: Lochte, Phelps 1-2 in 200 IM at nationals

    Like old days: Lochte, Phelps 1-2 in 200 IM at nationals
    IRVINE, Calif. — Like all the elite swimmers at this U.S. Championships, Winnetka's Conor Dwyer faced a dilemma because of the unusual selection process to which results from this meet contribute. The top two finishers in nearly all events at...
  • Ryan Lochte bests Michael Phelps in 200 IM, wins national title

    For a guy who competes barefoot, Ryan Lochte really likes shoes. After winning the 200-meter individual medley Sunday at the U.S. National Championships, Lochte said he owns about 190 pairs and showed off a psychedelic pair of winged sneakers as...