Sun coverage: Michael Phelps
12:15 PM PDT, April 15, 2014
We should all be so fortunate to be able to retire at age 27 and embark on an international quest to experience a world full of fun and privilege, but Michael Phelps — quite predictably — has come to realize that living the good life isn't going to be enough to keep him entertained.
3:31 PM PDT, March 25, 2014
Michael Phelps' comeback inched closer to reality Tuesday when his longtime coach said the record-setting Olympian could swim in a meet “sometime soon.”
1:57 PM PST, November 23, 2013
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.
3:16 PM PST, November 23, 2013
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.
12:09 PM PST, November 15, 2013
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 — would just be, well, treading water.
11:31 AM PDT, August 4, 2013
Aug. 9, 2003: Michael Phelps of the North Baltimore Aquatic Club becomes the first male swimmer to capture five individual titles at the U.S. Nationals — and he does it in College Park. Phelps breaks the record of four held by Mark Spitz, Johnny Weissmuller and Tom Dolan.
12:22 PM PDT, June 29, 2013
Bob Bowman gets to the question before it can even be raised.
11:08 PM PDT, July 17, 2013
12:19 PM PDT, June 29, 2013
Michael Phelps was driving over the Allegheny Mountains after playing golf with Hockey Hall of Famer Mario Lemieux on Friday, bound for Baltimore. Friends from across the country were streaming into his hometown to celebrate his 28th birthday, which is Sunday. He had plans to stay in town for a week, do some work around his Canton home and relax after too much time traveling.
7:15 PM PDT, May 17, 2013
He's back ... unless he's not.
2:25 PM PDT, June 24, 2013
Not many people get the chance to train with their idol — especially when their idol is Michael Phelps.
3:21 PM PST, February 1, 2013
After rewriting the Olympic record books for swimming, Michael Phelps and his longtime coach might have the Kentucky Derby in their sights with a 3-year-old colt named Cerro who won a race Saturday at Gulfstream Park for Team Valor International.
8:50 AM PDT, October 6, 2012
A longtime coach at the Baltimore swim club that has turned out several Olympians — including Michael Phelps — resigned after an allegation of "inappropriate conduct" with a female athlete was revealed, officials of the sport's national governing body said Friday.
September 20, 2012
2:41 PM PDT, June 4, 2013
Baltimore’s homegrown all-time Olympic hero was willing to serve his golf apprenticeship in front of a cable television audience as part of the Golf Channel series “The Haney Project.” Now, Michael Phelps is ready to take his new avocation to another level.
4:59 PM PDT, May 3, 2013
KENTUCKY DERBY NOTES
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Baltimore lawyer Frank Morgan helped swimmer Michael Phelps, then 16 years old, select Peter Carlisle as his agent. Phelps was years away from stardom, but Carlisle aggressively marketed his client, hoping to eventually elevate him beyond the confines of an Olympic sport that mattered to a broad audience only every four years.
1:38 PM PDT, September 10, 2012
Michael Phelps may have retired from competitive swimming after the London Games, but his coach is adding on work: He has signed with TSE Consulting, a global firm that specializes in working with sports federations.
September 8, 2012
Bob Bowman, who coached Michael Phelps through his record-breaking Olympic career, won a title himself Friday when he was named Coach of the Year by his professional association.
4:54 PM PDT, September 10, 2012
Arriving aboard the Pride of Baltimore II and hailed by a cannon blast from the Constellation, Michael Phelps and Maryland's other Olympic athletes were celebrated in true local style Monday afternoon by elected officials and an Inner Harbor crowd.
3:38 PM PDT, September 5, 2012
Michael Phelps and other Olympic athletes from Maryland will be honored at a celebration Monday afternoon at the Inner Harbor, after which the swimmer will be named an honorary captain of the Ravens at the team's season opener.
4:18 PM PDT, August 15, 2012
Everyone hopes for their moment of fame, but for Capt. Norm Bartlett, a Chesapeake Bay fishing guide, celebrity has been an out-of-body experience.
2:26 PM PDT, August 5, 2012
On the first day of the rest of his life, Michael Phelps slept in. Really in.
7:08 PM PDT, August 3, 2012
The tension in the air at Meadowbrook Aquatic and Fitness Center duringMichael Phelps' 100-meter butterfly race Friday afternoon was almost as thick as the chlorine smell that filled the pool's lobby.
11:39 PM PDT, August 4, 2012
Michael Phelps doesn't have to climb the mountain anymore.
5:50 PM PDT, August 1, 2012
On the first full day of his life as the most-decorated Olympian, Michael Phelps went back to work — those medals don't start winning themselves just because you've hit 19, after all. But first he had to attend to his correspondence.
1:26 PM PDT, August 1, 2012
Baltimoreans who witnessed his odyssey unfold will remember the first 12 years of the 21st century as the Michael Phelps era. If you mark the life of this community by our shared experiences and our heroic figures — the sources of civic pride that keep us from despairing and sinking into the Patapsco — there's no getting around Phelps.
4:21 PM PDT, August 1, 2012
Bob Bowman was done, or so he thought. Something of the Michael Phelps Whisperer to the media, he can be counted on for insights, such as on Tuesday night after the Baltimore swimmer became the most decorated Olympian ever after winning a gold medal as anchor of the 4x200-meter freestyle relay team.
10:52 AM PDT, August 4, 2012
It could have been a little more dramatic. Michael Phelps could have made us wait until the weekend to watch him win his historic 19th medal and become the most-decorated athlete in the modern history of the Olympic Games, but no matter.
3:43 PM PDT, July 28, 2012
Who was that swimmer in the far lane, finishing fourth and failing to medal?
12:42 PM PDT, July 25, 2012
You can take Michael Phelps out of Baltimore. You can send him to his fourth Olympics. But what does he do during his downtime?
6:53 AM PDT, July 21, 2012
In Michael Phelps' telling, one of the greatest Olympic careers almost began with a skinny dip. It was the first trip out of the country for the kid from Rodgers Forge, and he gawked like a tourist — not at monuments or museums — but at the famous swimmers competing in Sydney.
2:50 PM PDT, July 27, 2012
A week from Saturday, the very thick chapter that isMichael Phelps' part of the record books will finally be closed. After a glittering career in which it was easier to write his records in pencil since he likely would surpass them at some point, it's time to get out the indelible ink for the Baltimore swimmer's final Olympics.
3:52 PM PDT, July 25, 2012
If you made a flip-book of the hundreds of photographs they've posed together for over the years, you would seeMichael Phelpsgrowing up before your eyes, getting taller and more muscular, while his coach, Bob Bowman, looks remarkably the same.
3:29 PM PDT, July 12, 2012
In what everyone wants to be the final words on the brouhaha over Tyler Clary's takedown of Michael Phelps' work habits, both swimmers addressed the issue on Thursday.
4:33 PM PDT, July 10, 2012
Having swum in Michael Phelps shadow for most of his career, Tyler Clary finally made his first Olympics — and promptly dissed the guy who is headed to his fourth.
11:22 AM PDT, June 16, 2012
Like many Olympic athletes not named Michael Phelps, Suzanne Stettinius is both training and fundraising in these final weeks before the Summer Games. She's made appeals via Facebook and her blog and, next week, will host a party at a Baltimore County tavern where among the auction items will be a date with the athlete herself.
4:15 PM PDT, July 24, 2012
Deborah Phelps, the mother of Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps, is leaving her job as principal of Windsor Mill Middle, a Baltimore County school she opened six years ago.
8:00 PM PDT, July 2, 2012
Omaha, Neb. — Michael Phelps' eight gold medals in eight tries in the 2008 Beijing Olympics might never be duplicated.
7:52 PM PDT, June 29, 2012
Michael Phelps, who turns 27 on Saturday, said his mother and sisters always say how hard it is to find a birthday present for him. And indeed, what he wants to open they can't exactly wrap.
7:56 PM PDT, June 25, 2012
Michael Phelpsfinished second in the 400-meter individual medley to arch-rival Ryan Lochte in the opening act of the Olympic swimming trials here Monday, but both qualified for the London Games, setting the stage for another duel over their sport's most challenging event.
7:53 PM PDT, July 1, 2012
Surging to one of his trademark late-breaking finishes,Michael Phelpswon his final event — the 100-meter butterfly — at the Olympic qualifying trials Sunday night, and heads to London likely to swim the same eight races that produced his record-breaking gold-medal haul.
6:52 AM PDT, June 29, 2012
Baltimore's Michael Phelps has scratched from Friday's 200-meter backstroke preliminaries at the U.S. Olympic swimming trials, his coach Bob Bowman said Thursday.
7:21 PM PDT, June 28, 2012
— Michael Phelps added a third event to his London lineup Thursday night, powering ahead in the final leg to win the 200-meter butterfly race at the Olympic swimming trials — and also, in a sense, to touch home.
3:52 PM PDT, June 23, 2012
On Saturday,Michael Phelpswill turn 27. No surprise, he'll spend the birthday where he's spent much of his previous 26 years: in a pool, chasing gold.
6:49 PM PDT, June 27, 2012
— And now, they're even: Michael Phelps bested Ryan Lochte in a stroke-for-stroke 200-meter freestyle race at the swimming trials here Wednesday night, with the two rivals both qualifying to match up against each other in the London Games next month.
1:53 PM PDT, June 19, 2012
Previewing what he might swim in his final Olympics in London, Michael Phelps has entered seven races in next week's qualifying trials — including the exciting but exhausting 400-meter individual medley.
6:52 PM PDT, May 13, 2012
This Baltimore swimmer hopes to add to an already heavy stash of medals in London this summer. But in addition to training for the qualifying trials in June, there are multiple promotional demands of an Olympic year: modeling the Ralph Lauren-designed athletes attire, shooting commercials for sponsors such as Coke and speaking at media roundtables like the one held here Sunday.
5:21 PM PDT, March 28, 2012
INDIANAPOLIS — A reflective Michael Phelpsreturned Wednesday to what he called the "birthplace" of his Olympic career, the city where he qualified for his first games and now will compete in five races over the next three days as he prepares for his fourth and final Olympics.
6:40 PM PDT, June 26, 2012
If Michael Phelps is going to come in second to Ryan Lochte, as he did again Tuesday night, he may find some comfort in the whisper of this particular margin: the Baltimore swimmer finished .02 seconds behind his rival in their semifinal heat in the 200-meter freestyle.
4:17 PM PDT, May 11, 2012
It was supposed to serve as the trailer for the featured blockbuster swimming smackdown of the London Olympics, but viewers are going to have to wait a bit: Michael Phelps came in second in the 200-meter freestyle race at the Charlotte UltraSwim Grand Prix on Friday evening, but not to his expected rival, Ryan Lochte.
5:28 PM PDT, April 17, 2012
The day began as so many have forMichael Phelps: at Meadowbrook pool in Mount Washington, where the mileage he has swum over the years would have gotten him to London a long time ago. But on this Saturday, the Baltimore swimmer's work would continue out of the water as well.
7:35 PM PDT, March 30, 2012
That door Michael Phelps keeps slamming on ever again swimming the exhausting 400-meter individual medley race? Apparently, it's a revolving one.
6:24 PM PDT, March 29, 2012
5:05 PM PDT, May 12, 2012
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Michael Phelps remembers this as the city where he "came back," prompting his coach Bob Bowman to ask with mock innocence, "from where?"
September 7, 2011
2:28 PM PDT, May 10, 2012
He's been known to compete in a swim cap decorated with the Orioles logo and has become a familiar sight at M&T Bank Stadium when the Ravens are home.
May 5, 2012
In the four years since he made history at the Beijing Olympics,Michael Phelps concedes losing his focus.
4:59 PM PDT, April 14, 2012
Out of the pool and in a formal suit, surrounded by family and friends in gowns and tuxedos, Michael Phelps looked every bit the part he was playing Saturday night: host of a fundraising gala held on the club level of M&T Bank Stadium.
6:42 PM PDT, March 31, 2012
INDIANAPOLIS — For someone who has lived much of his life in long, four-year arcs,Michael Phelpspacked a lot into an eventful couple of days here.
11:57 PM PST, March 10, 2012
Michael Phelps won his second gold medal of the Columbus Grand Prix by cruising to victory in the 200-meter butterfly Saturday.
1:09 PM PDT, July 29, 2011
This is getting repetitive, in a Michael Phelps sort of way. Ryan Lochte won his third and fourth gold medals at the world swimming championships Friday night, obliterating the field in the final of the 200-meter backstroke before unleashing a jaw-dropping anchor leg to help bail out a U.S. 800 relay team that sat in third place after Phelps' leadoff swim.
10:34 PM PDT, March 11, 2012
Despite all the success Michael Phelps has had in his career, he has always had disdain for the training required.
8:54 PM PDT, July 23, 2011
For the past eight years, the major competitive storyline at every meaningful swimming championship has arisen from Michael Phelps' international and historic dominance. How many medals will he win? How many records will he break? How dramatically will he increase his own legend?
11:32 PM PDT, August 1, 2011
Michael Phelps is eagerly anticipating a showdown with Ian Thorpe at next year's London Olympics, should the Australian choose to race the men's 200-meter freestyle and set up another "Race of the Century."
4:57 PM PDT, July 22, 2011
For all Michael Phelps has accomplished and for all the world records he has smashed, it has still become a bit of a tradition for the swimming world to doubt him on eve of the FINA World Championships.
5:27 PM PDT, July 5, 2011
In addition to swimming with Michael Phelps' instructors and battling with handmade robots, Baltimore summer school students will be building soapbox cars to help keep their minds revving until the next school year.
7:19 AM PDT, June 24, 2011
Ever since he started his foundation, Michael Phelps has been trying to educate Baltimore kids on water safety and attempting to save lives with swimming lessons. Now he's expanding that mission beyond the Baltimore area, and taking it nationwide.
3:57 PM PDT, May 3, 2011
It has been quite awhile, arguably more than three years, since Michael Phelps was able to focus solely on the sport of swimming.
10:51 PM PDT, April 7, 2011
Michael Phelps took some time to reminisce about his old house and his favorite places to eat. Then the discussion turned to a more serious topic: the 2012 Olympics.
12:08 AM PST, March 4, 2011
For the first time, Michael Phelps looked as though he was pushing toward the London Olympics.
6:03 PM PDT, August 16, 2010
Michael Phelps and the 400-meter individual medley were supposed to be history.
9:06 PM PDT, August 6, 2010
Michael Phelps departed the mixed zone, leaving behind four words.
4:22 AM PDT, September 14, 2010
Some days, Michael Phelps clearly wouldn't mind if he could swap the rest of his competitive swimming career and replace it with an amateur golfing career.
10:44 PM PDT, June 25, 2010
10:08 PM PST, March 2, 2011
The Indianapolis Grand Prix will give Michael Phelps an idea of where he stands in his preparations for this summer's world championships and the 2012 Olympics.
8:46 PM PDT, May 15, 2010
The local kid upstaged Michael Phelps.
6:12 PM PDT, September 12, 2010
As she chugs through the water, Annie Applegarth will never be mistaken for Olympic medalist Katie Hoff. Barbara Thompson will never be in a split-screen comparison to Michael Phelps.
5:09 PM PDT, July 29, 2010
Two years away from the London Olympics -- which he says could be his last -- Michael Phelps plans to use the next month to gauge his mental and physical readiness. He begins his preparation this weekend by traveling to Irvine, Calif., for the USA Swimming National Championships, which will run Tuesday to Aug. 7.
10:07 PM PDT, May 20, 2010
The long and arduous journey toward the 2012 Olympics in London is starting to take shape for swimmer Michael Phelps.
February 19, 2010
Under Armour, the athletic apparel brand that popularized the catch phrase "We must protect this house," can now boast that the metaphorical pool outside the house will also be protected.
March 7, 2010
Fourteen-time Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps came within a half second of the U.S. record in the 200-yard individual medley Saturday, winning in 1 minute, 40.58 seconds in the Maryland swimming championships at the Naval Academy. Phelps had been scheduled to swim in two events Saturday but chose to drop out of the 500 freestyle to concentrate on the 200 IM after swimming a 1:43.99 in his qualifying heat. Olympic gold medalist Ryan Lochte set the U.S. record of 1:40.08 in the 2007 Short Course Nationals, with Phelps finishing second in 1:41.32. Though he missed breaking Lochte's record, Phelps shaved more than a second off his previous best time of 1:41.6, which he set in 2006. That was a vast improvement from Friday, when Phelps posted a time that was more than three seconds off the U.S. record in the 400-yard IM. "I felt good this morning in the pool. I was able to rest last night, have a good meal, a good night's sleep, and then I was able to come in here and swim my best time by over a second." said Phelps. Phelps is scheduled to swim in the 200 yard butterfly today, a stroke and distance he considers to be his best.
March 8, 2010
Urged on by a vocal standing-room-only crowd, Michael Phelps closed out his weekend at the Maryland Swim Championships by setting the U.S. record in the 200-yard butterfly at the U.S. Naval Academy on Sunday.
9:37 PM PDT, August 17, 2010
Ah, the good old days…
January 29, 2010
The Subway restaurant chain defended its advertising campaign with Baltimore-based swimmer Michael Phelps against the U.S. Olympic Committee's attack on "ambush marketing."
March 6, 2010
Michael Phelps swam to an easy win in the 400-yard individual medley open event Friday at the Maryland Swimming Championship Meet at the Naval Academy. Phelps posted a time of 3 minutes, 39.01 seconds in winning the event, the first of four he plans to compete in during the three-day meet. Phelps' winning time was three seconds off the U.S. short-course record of 3:35.98 in the event. "I'm not happy, not at all," Phelps said.
December 20, 2009
Michael Phelps helped the Americans trounce the Europeans in the Duel in the Pool, anchoring the 400 freestyle relay team to one of the eight world records the U.S. team set over the two-day meet that ended Saturday.
9:31 PM PDT, August 18, 2010
Satisfaction remained an elusive concept for Michael Phelps.
March 4, 2010
Olympian Michael Phelps will be competing in four events at the Maryland Swimming Championships at the Naval Academy this weekend, and his participation is further proof of just how different swimming is from other sports.
December 14, 2009
Michael Phelps won the 200-yard butterfly Sunday, giving the 14-time Olympic champion five first-place finishes in five events at the three-day NBAC Christmas Invitational short-course meet at the U.S. Naval Academy.
February 9, 2010
Olympic gold medalists Michael Phelps of Baltimore and Elizabeth Pelton of Ruxton will be among 15 U.S. national team members competing at the Missouri Grand Prix on Friday through Monday in Columbia. The meet will take place at the Mizzou Aquatic Center, and is the third stop of the eight-meet USA Swimming Grand Prix Series that awards the overall winner a $20,000 grand prize. A leader board can be found online at www.usaswimming.org.
December 19, 2009
Michael Phelps won the 100-meter butterfly and helped the U.S. 400 medley relay team break the world record, one of five the Americans set Friday in taking a commanding lead at the Duel in the Pool.
December 18, 2009
Michael Phelps will continue his back-to-the-future transition to old-style swimsuits when he leads an American team against the best swimmers from Britain, Italy and Germany in the "Duel in the Pool."
November 24, 2009
Michael Phelps is ready to put an up-and-down post-Olympic year behind him and focus on the challenges that await in 2010, including adjusting to a ban on the high-performance suits that rocked his sport. The 14-time Olympic gold medalist from Baltimore will compete in one final meet, Duel in the Pool on Dec. 18-19 in Manchester, England, before closing out the year. "The biggest thing right now is me getting back in shape," he said. Phelps' recent trip to Europe for two World Cup short-course meets produced a batch of what he described as "pretty awful slow races," resulting in no victories, let alone any records. In preparation for the Jan. 1 ban on high-tech suits, Phelps wore an old-style suit, making him look even slower against his polyurethane-clad competition. "In a way I'm kind of happy that happened, to light the fire a little bit more," he said.
November 12, 2009
In Briefin Briefs
•SWIMMING: Michael Phelps finished second in the 200-meter medley final at the short-course World Cup in Stockholm, struggling in the old-style swimsuit that will become standard next year. Phelps, who won a record eight gold medals at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, clocked 1 minute 53.93 seconds. He was more than two seconds behind South Africa's Darian Townsend.
December 16, 2009
Merritt Athletic Clubs and the Michael Phelps Swim School are partnering on additional swim-school locations. The Michael Phelps Swim School will expand from a single location at Meadowbrook Aquatics Center to include the Merritt Athletic Clubs' Towson, Eldersburg and Canton locations. Swim classes include personal safety, stroke development, water sports and games, personal growth and rescue skills.
November 15, 2009
Michael Phelps finished fifth in the 200-meter butterfly Saturday at a short-course World Cup meet that featured six world records.
January 18, 2010
Michael Phelps, who lives in Fells Point, and Katie Hoff of Towson won gold medals Sunday night at the Southern California Grand Prix in Long Beach. Phelps held off Japan's Hidemasa Sano in the 400-yard individual medley to take home his second gold of the meet. Phelps finished in 3 minutes, 38.42 seconds; Sano's time was 3:39.63. Hoff won the 400IM in a meet-record-4:04.39, edging Ariana Kukors (4:06.04). Hoff was second in the 200 freestyle, finishing in 1:44.48; Dana Vollmer of Granbury, Texas, won in 1:43.29, and Elizabeth Pelton of Ruxton was third in 1:45.52.
November 14, 2009
Paul Biedermann beat Olympic star Michael Phelps to win the gold medal in the 200-meter freestyle at the world championships in Rome in August and the two will contest the same event this weekend at a World Cup meet in Berlin, but the Baltimore resident isn't making a big deal of the rematch. "I'll be the first to admit I'm not in a great shape," said Phelps, who returned to racing this week after a long layoff. "I'll race as hard as I can and whatever happens, happens." Biedermann, a German, is coming off a torn muscle fiber in his left thigh.
November 11, 2009
Sporting a beard and an old-style swimsuit, Michael Phelps of Baltimore finished third in the 100-meter medley at a World Cup short-course meet in Stockholm, Sweden, after missing out on two other finals Tuesday. Phelps, who won a record eight gold medals at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, swam the medley final in 52.14 seconds. South Africa's Gerhard Zandberg won in 51.77. Earlier Tuesday, Phelps, 24, failed to qualify for the finals of the 100 freestyle and 100 backstroke, in which he was disqualified for swimming too long under water. Competing for the first time since the world championships in August, he wore the type of suit that will become the standard next year. Most other swimmers used faster high-tech suits. After the race, he told reporters he was excited to be back racing. "I know I'm not in the best shape and I should be in better shape," Phelps said. "I didn't hit my first wall right, so it's kind of disappointing, but I'm happy overall." He finished 16th in qualifying for the 100 freestyle in 47.77 seconds. Today, Phelps will swim in the 100 butterfly and 200 medley heats. Baltimore's Elizabeth Pelton finished eighth in the women's 200 backstroke in 2:07.91.
November 12, 2009
Mark Spitz says he's not bitter about losing swimming's most sacred record to Michael Phelps, who 15 months ago cemented a spot in Olympic history with eight gold medals, one more than Spitz won in 1972. "It's sort of like I'm the first man on the moon," Spitz said. "He's the second man on the moon. He collected more rocks." Phelps of Baltimore also is collecting scrutiny. "Of course, there's a lot of pressure," Spitz said. He said, "Michael is not a perfect person, and neither am I," a reference to Phelps' having been photographed last November inhaling from a marijuana pipe. "People are going to expect a lot from him."
August 24, 2009
Michael Kenny hoisted his 4-year-old son Bam-Bam onto his shoulders and waited with anticipation for two of the world's most recognizable athletes - Shaquille O'Neal and Michael Phelps to enter Loyola University's aquatics center.
October 29, 2009
Fells Point resident Michael Phelps and 35 other top American swimmers were picked by USA Swimming to compete against a squad of European swimmers at the 2009 Mutual of Omaha Duel in the Pool in Manchester, England, on Dec. 18-19. The event, which will be broadcast on NBC on Dec. 27 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m, will star Olympic gold medalists Phelps, Rebecca Soni, Ryan Lochte and Aaron Peirsol. Towson's Katie Hoff will also compete for the U.S. team. This year's event takes on a new format with Team USA facing a team composed of the top swimmers from Great Britain, Germany and Italy.
August 27, 2009
Fells Point's Michael Phelps headlines the roster for the 2009-2010 national team released by USA Swimming. Also among the 110 team members are Ryan Lochte, Rebecca Soni and Aaron Peirsol.
October 17, 2009
Michael Phelps has received a leading six nominations for the Golden Goggle awards, including Male Athlete of the Year. Phelps of Baltimore received three individual nods and three for relays. Olympian Ryan Lochte and Ariana Kukors received four nominations each. Phelps, Lochte and Aaron Peirsol were nominated for Male Athlete of the Year. The Coach of the Year ballot includes Bob Bowman of the North Baltimore Aquatic Club. Fans can vote online at GoldenGoggles.com through Nov. 18.
November 10, 2009
- Michael Phelps plans to wear the old-style swimsuit that will become the standard next year at the European World Cup meet.
August 15, 2009
A 28-year-old woman who was slightly injured when her Honda Accord hit a Cadillac Escalade driven by Olympic swimming star Michael Phelps in Baltimore's Mid-Town Belvedere neighborhood is to be charged with running a red light, a city police spokesman said Friday.
December 12, 2009
The swimmer with the Midas touch threw back his head and laughed as he considered the question: Is competing this weekend at a meet he hasn't attempted in about three years a way to bring out the kid in him or does it make him feel like an old man?
August 3, 2009
- His words sounded hopeful, rather than pretentious.
August 16, 2009
Swimmer Michael Phelps is nursing a sore ankle from the car accident he was in Thursday on Calvert Street, but the Olympic gold medalist intends to resume training Monday. In a message on his official Facebook site, Phelps said he was "fine" and expressed concern for the woman involved in the car crash.
September 10, 2009
The swimwear company Speedo announced Wednesday that it is extending its longtime partnership with Olympian Michael Phelps through 2013. As part of his new contract, Speedo said it will donate $10,000 to the Michael Phelps Foundation for every world record Phelps breaks and that Phelps has agreed to match the donation. The terms of Phelps' deal were not released. The swimmer's previous contract with Speedo became famous for a clause that awarded him a $1 million bonus for matching Mark Spitz's record of seven gold medals in a single Olympic Games. Phelps did that in 2008 in Beijing, winning the 100-meter butterfly by .01 of a second and earning his eighth gold medal the following night. Phelps, who has been under contract with Speedo since 2001, has remained loyal to the company, choosing to continue wearing Speedo suits this summer at the FINA world championships in Rome even though some swimmers said wearing the Speedo LZR Racer put him at a disadvantage against faster suits. Phelps was outwardly emotional after winning the 100-meter butterfly in Rome, climbing onto the rope line inside the pool and then pointing to the logo on his suit and slapping the water several times in celebration. "Speedo's support both in and out of the pool has helped me grow into the swimmer I am today," Phelps said in a statement. "I am grateful for the brand's commitment to help realize our shared vision to grow the sport of swimming both in the U.S. and around the world."
August 1, 2009
Suits, lies and videotape.
July 30, 2009
Michael Phelps on Wednesday got by, and then some - another world record - with a little help from his friends.
August 23, 2009
Michael Phelps is wading through the baby pool in a colorful Speedo, his famous Olympic rings tattoo peeking suggestively out from his bathing suit.
July 25, 2009
Newly introduced swimsuits that Michael Phelps and other swimmers wore during the Beijing Olympics won't be legal come 2010, but that's not something the gold-medal winner is concerned with now that the sport's governing body voted Friday to ban the high-tech apparel.
August 16, 2009
The call about Michael Phelps' car accident on Calvert Street crackled over the newsroom police radio as I was about to leave work Thursday night. My first thought was, when I get home, I'll have to go online and see what happened.
August 14, 2009
Michael Phelps, who holds the Olympic record with 14 gold medals for swimming, was shaken but apparently uninjured Thursday night when the late-model Cadillac Escalade he was driving in Mid-Town Belvedere collided with another vehicle, seriously damaging Phelps' vehicle, the other car and a parked vehicle, police said. The female driver of the Honda Accord was taken to an area hospital as a precaution, police said.
August 2, 2009
- One high-speed collision in a warm-up at a historic indoor pool built under the orders of Mussolini could have undercut another collision of ego and talent: the showdown between Michael Phelps and Milorad Cavic in the 100-meter butterfly.
July 31, 2009
- Michael Phelps, quick in the pool, was nearly as fast with a race review Thursday night. It came from his vantage point in the stands where he observed the men's 200-meter individual medley from behind his shades, sans shirt, making a concession to the Roman heat.
July 30, 2009
Filippo Magnini, the two-time world champion? Gone. Nathan Adrian, the rising American star who took both sprint events at the recent nationals? Gone.
July 10, 2009
Michael Phelps has always been a little obsessed with numbers, to the point where they sometimes pop up in his dreams. But during the past four years, no number has rattled around inside his head more than 50.40. It represented the world record in the 100-meter butterfly.
July 19, 2009
ROME - Michael Phelps has somehow slipped under the radar while preparing for the world championships.
July 17, 2009
Swimmer Michael Phelps, a Rodgers Forge native and Fells Point resident, set an ESPYs single-year record Wednesday night in Los Angeles by winning five awards: Best Male Athlete, Best Championship Performance, Best Record-Breaking Performance, Best Moment (as part of the 1,600-meter Olympic relay) and Best U.S. Male Olympian. PGA standout Tiger Woods, who had received Best Male Athlete the previous five years, had held the single-year record with four awards. Phelps has six career ESPYs. The show will be televised on ESPN on Sunday at 9 p.m.
July 27, 2009
This all started with an equipment malfunction in the morning relay and ended with the favored French sprinters wilting again, giving Michael Phelps and friends another riveting victory in the 400-meter freestyle relay.
June 20, 2009
Michael Phelps will swim in Montreal this weekend in his final tuneup before next month's U.S. championships in Indianapolis.
July 2, 2009
There will be plenty of swimmers in Indianapolis at the U.S. national championships next week wrestling with the decision about what kind of swimsuit to wear. Michael Phelps won't be one of them.
July 28, 2009
Swimming world championships
Foes used to be easily identifiable for Michael Phelps.
July 28, 2009
The Great Stroke Experiment is over.
July 7, 2009
- Michael Phelps could sense the question coming long before it was asked.
June 13, 2009
Michael Phelps clobbered the competition in the 200-meter butterfly at the Santa Clara International Grand Prix. Phelps touched first in 1 minute, 54.31 seconds, beating the field by 5.67 seconds. Phelps' time lowered the meet record of 1:55.93 set by Davis Tarwater last year. "I was really happy with the time," Phelps said. "I'm in some kind of shape." Phelps owns the world record of 1:52.03 set in Beijing, where he won a record eight Olympic gold medals.
June 25, 2009
Michael Phelps has 14 Olympic gold medals but only one ESPY. That's likely to change after he led the way Wednesday with four nominations for next month's ESPY Awards.
July 29, 2009
- Down goes Phelps.
July 26, 2009
- This might have been a new one in the storied career of Michael Phelps.
June 21, 2009
Michael Phelps is getting ready for the U.S. championships in impressive fashion.
July 6, 2009
He tinkered with his stroke and exhausted his muscles in the weight room. He grew a mustache. He won some races and lost a few. He just missed out on grabbing the world record he wants but doesn't own.
June 15, 2009
May 18, 2009
Two days, two losses for Michael Phelps. The Fells Point resident was beaten again at the Charlotte (N.C.) UltraSwim, losing to French star Frederick Bousquet in the 100-meter freestyle Sunday night. Phelps touched nearly a full second behind Bousquet, world-record holder in the 50 free, after losing his first final in nearly a year the previous night. Aaron Peirsol beat Phelps in the 200 backstroke. Bousquet went out strong, ensuring he had a big enough lead to hold off Phelps at the end - even as the winningest Olympian ever experimented with a new straight-arm stroke that is supposed to provide more speed. The Frenchman touched in 48.22 seconds, while Phelps never really had a chance and finished second in 49.04. "The biggest thing that killed me were my turns and my finishes," said Phelps, who holds the American record in the 100 free at 47.51. "I'm not disappointed with that time, but the finish was awful. There's small things I need to work on. But overall, it was a good meet." The North Carolina meet was his first since capturing a record eight gold medals at the Beijing Olympics.
May 13, 2009
News of the World, the British tabloid that made a splash with the Michael Phelps bong photo, has a new story about the Olympian, and thank goodness this time there's no photographic evidence.
July 13, 2009
- Michael Phelps stood in line patiently for his name to be announced along with the rest of the U.S. swim team, wearing a baggy blue shirt and black Speedo hat, turned sideways in his typical casual style. When his name was finally called, the crowd inside the Indiana University Natatorium roared with appreciation and Phelps smiled a goofy grin and raised his arms in thanks.
July 11, 2009
Neither Michael Phelps nor Katie Hoff swam Friday at U.S. nationals. Phelps had to pull out of the 100-meter freestyle with neck pain, and Hoff withdrew from her final two events, putting an end to a meet where she never felt right physically or mentally. And yet North Baltimore Aquatic Club still had plenty to thump its chest about, thanks to a happy-go-lucky 15-year-old who seems to be emerging as the next big thing in American swimming.
May 15, 2009
- Normally, the Charlotte UltraSwim Grand Prix is a pretty tame affair. In a busy year, USA Swimming credentials eight to 10 media members to cover the meet, and that would probably be a generous estimate.
June 22, 2009
Michael Phelps swept both events he entered at the Canada Cup in Montreal, though he gave himself a split decision on his performance in his last two races leading up to next month's U.S. nationals. Phelps, who lives in Fells Point, won the 100-meter freestyle Sunday in the pool that hosted the 1976 Olympics after posting a personal best time there in winning Saturday's 100-meter butterfly. His time of 48.65 seconds in the 100 freestyle improved on the 48.87 he swam one week earlier, when he finished second to defending world champion Brent Hayden of Canada in Santa Clara, Calif. "I'm sort of everywhere where I want to be, except in the 100 free," Phelps said. "I want to be faster in that." He hit the first turn in the 100 in 23.59 seconds, 0.20 ahead of Australian Matt Targett. He held on to his margin on the second length but was unable to add much more distance between himself and Targett, who finished second in 48.87. "I wish I could answer the question of what happened in the second 50," Phelps said. "I'm going to watch the video and see what happened with my stroke and if it fell apart or not. The first 50 felt awesome. That's the best my stroke has felt in a race, was the very first lap, and I've just got to work on doing it for the 100's two laps."
June 14, 2009
Michael Phelps held off a late charge by his rivals to win the 400-meter freestyle at the Santa Clara International Grand Prix. Phelps, who lives in Fells Point, cruised to an early lead in the final, but he had to dig in over the final 100 meters to win in 3 minutes, 48.05 seconds under sunny, windy conditions at the outdoor pool. Ryan Cochrane of Canada pushed Phelps in the closing meters only to settle for second in 3:48.40. Robert Hurley of Australia was third in 3:48.49.
July 9, 2009
- When you think about it, Michael Phelps isn't just the greatest swimmer in the world because he's incredibly fast. It's also because, no matter what's going on in his life, no matter what transition he's undertaking or controversy he's facing, he's never slow.
May 6, 2009
Michael Phelps' three-month suspension from U.S. Swimming is officially over, and he'll return to competition next week for the first time since Beijing when he swims in the Charlotte (N.C.) UltraSwim.
April 23, 2009
Michael Phelps is following up his record performance at the Beijing Olympics by changing some of the swimming technique that carried him to eight gold medals. As the Baltimore resident shifts to focusing on shorter races, he hopes the new freestyle technique will increase his sprinting speed. "You'll all have to see. I'm not saying anything until we unveil it," Phelps said in New York when asked how he has tweaked the stroke. "It's a significant change." Phelps will reveal the new technique when he returns to competition at the Charlotte (N.C.) UltraSwim on May 14-17 in North Carolina, his first meet since Beijing. He plans to swim four events, including the 100- and 200-meter free and the 100 butterfly.
May 14, 2009
This spring, for the first time in all the years they had worked together, Bob Bowman could not predict what Michael Phelps was going to do. Some days, the coach thought the 23-year-old would keep swimming through 2012. Other days, he felt as if Phelps were on the verge of walking away.
June 17, 2009
The sound of music has Michael Phelps back in the endorsement business, just months after a tabloid photo of him holding a bong caused the loss of one sponsor and earned him a three-month suspension from USA Swimming.
May 15, 2009
Well, at least part of that Baltimore stripper's story holds water.
April 10, 2009
A visit by Olympic champion Michael Phelps to the Maryland State House on Thursday transformed delegates into a salivating swarm of paparazzi.
February 26, 2009
Michael Phelps has been dropped as the keynote speaker at two events in Canada next week, with the promoter citing the Olympic champion swimmer's "widely publicized alleged use of marijuana." Power Within Inc. of Toronto, which organizes motivational speaking events, canceled Phelps' appearances at events in Calgary, Alberta, and Vancouver, British Columbia, Toronto's Globe and Mail reported. Power Within initially stood by the swimmer but has now booked actor Martin Sheen as its keynote speaker for the Calgary event. The Vancouver event will feature Mehmet Oz, a regular on The Oprah Winfrey Show.
February 13, 2009
South Carolina authorities continue to gather evidence from a party attended by Michael Phelps in November at which he was photographed allegedly smoking marijuana, but even as more arrests are made and witnesses interviewed, what's still unclear is what might happen to the 23-year-old Olympic swimmer.
May 16, 2009
- Michael Phelps couldn't hear it because he had his iPhone ear buds tucked in, but when he walked into the Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center on Friday night for the 200-meter freestyle final, AC/DC's "Back in Black" was blaring over the loudspeakers.
March 23, 2009
Michael Phelps, who won a record eight gold medals in the Beijing Olympics last summer, and several other Americans are in the middle of a two-week training camp at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif., for this summer's national and world championships. They're in the pool twice a day, at 7a.m. and 5p.m., and spent part of one day training with U.S. Navy SEALs. Phelps, a Baltimore resident, said all the scrutiny over a photo that surfaced in early February of him inhaling from a marijuana pipe hadn't taken away his motivation. Phelps was suspended for three months by USA Swimming and has lost two major sponsors. "It's all really about what's in your heart, and that's why I'm back in the pool," said Phelps, who plans to return to competition May 14-17 at the Charlotte (N.C.) UltraSwim.
March 17, 2009
Mark Spitz says he feels badly for Michael Phelps. Spitz, whose record of seven gold medals at the 1972 Olympics was broken when Phelps won eight last year, talked briefly about Phelps last night while in Little Rock, Ark., for a speaking engagement. Phelps has been at the center of controversy after a photo surfaced showing the swimming star with a marijuana pipe. "As a fan, I feel sorry and I feel badly for him at this time," Spitz said. "Nobody would want to wish that upon him, I'm sure. He's obviously dealing with it in a way that he feels appropriate, and I'm not one to comment on whether it's right or wrong because I'm not with his management team."
February 12, 2009
Olympic champion Michael Phelps apologized to Chinese fans for what he called his "regrettable behavior" after he was photographed with a marijuana pipe. The Rodgers Forge native spoke via the Internet on a video that appeared widely today on Chinese-language Web sites. The Chinese-language newspaper Southern Metropolis Daily said the Web sites had received the statement from automaker Mazda, which is reported to be paying Phelps more than $1million to endorse the car brand in China. Last month Phelps was back in Beijing - where he won a record-breaking eight gold medals - to do commercials for automaker Mazda.
March 14, 2009
Michael Phelps believes he can maintain his passion for competition through the 2012 Olympics, the swimmer said yesterday in an interview on NBC's Today show. Phelps seemed to indicate that he's leaning toward competing in the London Games, something he was uncertain about after a photo of him inhaling from a marijuana pipe appeared in a British tabloid. "There are still things I want to achieve, things I want to accomplish," Phelps told Matt Lauer. Lauer also asked Phelps whether he had used marijuana, but the 14-time Olympic gold medalist did not answer the question directly. "It was a bad mistake," he said. "I mean, we all know what, you know, what you and I are talking about." More than a month after the photo appeared, Phelps said he regrets hurting those close to him more than losing sponsorship money. (Cereal giant Kellogg decided not to continue its relationship with the swimmer.) The rest of the interview will air tomorrow at 7p.m. on Dateline. Phelps is still serving a three-month suspension from USA Swimming because of the photo. CHILDS WALKER
March 12, 2009
Kellogg Co. donated thousands of boxes of cereal with Michael Phelps' picture on them to the San Francisco Food Bank. Kellogg declined last month to renew its endorsement deal with the Olympic swimming star and Baltimore resident after a photo surfaced showing him smoking from a marijuana pipe. Kellogg officials responded to questions from the Associated Press with an e-mail saying the company routinely donates food that is nearing the end of its shelf life but still good.
February 21, 2009
International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge said swimming star Michael Phelps failed in his duty as a role model but deserves a second chance after being photographed with a marijuana pipe. Rogge said Phelps' apology and promise not to do it again earned him the benefit of the doubt. Phelps, who lives in Baltimore, won a record eight gold medals at the Beijing Olympics. The 23-year-old was suspended by the U.S. swimming federation for three months after a British newspaper published the photo of Phelps holding the pipe at a party in South Carolina.
February 17, 2009
A South Carolina sheriff has decided not to pursue criminal charges against Michael Phelps in connection with a recently published photo of the swimmer with his mouth on a marijuana pipe.
February 25, 2009
Michael Phelps has decided not to waste any time returning to competition once his three-month suspension ends.
March 15, 2009
A harsh reality emerged from Michael Phelps' interview with NBC's Matt Lauer, the first part of which aired Friday morning, with the second part tonight: Phelps doesn't function that well in front of cameras he knows about, either.
February 9, 2009
Last week was a tough one for Michael Phelps. I am betting it was equally tough for his mom.
February 6, 2009
USA Swimming said late last night that it has decided to suspend Michael Phelps from competition for the next three months as punishment for a photo that was published in a British tabloid over the weekend that appeared to show him smoking marijuana.
February 5, 2009
In his first interview since a photo surfaced showing him smoking from a marijuana pipe, Michael Phelps said yesterdaythat the intense public scrutiny has him contemplating whether he will swim in the 2012 Olympics.
February 4, 2009
Michael Phelps could face criminal charges as part of the fallout from a photo in a British tabloid showing him smoking from a marijuana pipe at a University of South Carolina house party, but yesterday one of his major sponsors - Visa - said it stands behind the Rodgers Forge native.
February 10, 2009
Michael Phelps' life has calmed down somewhat in the past few days. He isn't waking up to people shouting outside his apartment, and the paparazzi, for the most part, have stopped tailing him.
February 6, 2009
Baltimore boasts two sports phenomena struggling to reconcile upstanding corporate images with trashy party sides: Michael Phelps and the Preakness.
February 11, 2009
Olympic champion Michael Phelps canceled plans to attend and speak yesterday at an IBM conference in Las Vegas, CNBC.com reported, and representatives for the Fells Point resident said he, not the company, made the decision. "Michael is concentrating on swimming this week," CNBC said a spokesman from Octagon, Phelps' management company, told the media outlet. Phelps is serving a three-month suspension from USA Swimming after a photo of him presumably smoking marijuana was published in a British tabloid. IBM announced in October that Phelps would be a guest speaker at the IBM Pulse 2009 Conference, organized by the company for its employees and business partners.
February 8, 2009
For a week now, Michael Phelps has been one of the most polarizing figures in sports. And though this isn't the first time Phelps' judgment has been questioned, fallout from the incident has introduced something new to his career: indecision.
February 3, 2009
Ten years ago, a photo that showed an athlete like Michael Phelps apparently getting high at a party probably would have resulted in considerable fallout.
February 7, 2009
Michael Phelps said yesterday that the decision by USA Swimming to suspend him for three months is "fair" and that he'll continue training for future events, even though he remains uncommitted about participating in the 2012 Olympic Games.
January 28, 2009
Mixing subjects linked to sports, society and business, Olympic champions Michael Phelps and Carl Lewis appeared at an economic gathering yesterday to promote sports in Saudi Arabia.
February 3, 2009
More than 150 million Americans tuned into the Super Bowl on Sunday, most not caring that among the behemoths bouncing around the field, some surely had artificial, lab-produced fuel coursing through their veins, inflating their muscles, improving their performance.
February 2, 2009
Michael Phelps, the Rodgers Forge native who has won more gold medals than anyone in Olympic history, acknowledged yesterday that he had engaged in "regrettable" behavior and shown "bad judgment" after a photo of him smoking what appears to be marijuana from a glass bong was published in a British tabloid over the weekend.
January 5, 2009
Months after winning a record eight Olympic gold medals in China, swimmer Michael Phelps has reached an agreement to make the Baltimore resident the brand spokesman for carmaker Mazda in China.
February 2, 2009
In defense of Michael Phelps and his "youthful and inappropriate" behavior and "bad judgment," taken on its own, this is far from the worst slip-up ever by a national hero. This space surely isn't the only one in which the first reaction to the now-infamous photo - eight-time gold medalist from the previous Olympics with a marijuana pipe stuck in his grille - was laughter. Plus, his instant contrition and pledge to do better, along with his near-universal fame, likely give him a cushion a lot of other celebrities wouldn't get.
January 23, 2009
There are still award shows to attend, trips to take and commercials to shoot. Such is a superstar's life. But twice during the past week, his schedule permitting, Michael Phelps has started swimming again. He has climbed back into the pool in which it all began - Meadowbrook Athletic Club in Mount Washington - and has begun training for the 2012 Olympics under the watchful eye of his coach, Bob Bowman.
December 23, 2008
Michael Phelps had just finished his work at the Water Cube, still wet but his place in history secure, when he walked up to his longtime coach.
January 12, 2009
The global economic slump has affected China's car market. But Mazda is counting on swimming phenom Michael Phelps to rev up the carmaker's bottom line.
January 1, 2009
The kid was at the top of the arc, sinking three-pointer after three-pointer. But it was the look on his face that sticks with me.
January 2, 2009
Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt outpolled swimmer Michael Phelps of Rodgers Forge in a vote for the 2008 Athlete of the Year by the international media.
January 1, 2009
He smashes records. He brings home more gold than any other Olympic athlete in history. He triggers global swoons every time he slips off his shirt. Michael Phelps not only hails from Baltimore, he also dolphin-kicked right back here after Beijing to buy a home even when he could have lived anywhere. As if that weren't enough, he's single-handedly helping local restaurants survive the recession with his famous sumo-worthy meals.
December 16, 2008
Following in the footsteps of John Madden and Tiger Woods, Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps wants to start his own video game empire. But curiously enough, swimming might not be the main event.
December 7, 2008
To readers wondering why I was so surprised that Michael Phelps brought a Vegas cocktail waitress who shows lots of skin on the Web home to Mom on Thanksgiving, allow me to explain.
December 3, 2008
Even though Michael Phelps is taking a break from the pool, he's still picking up honors.
December 8, 2008
Go easy on Michael Phelps. That's the message from fellow Olympic swimmer Amanda Beard.
December 3, 2008
Phelps beat the world
December 2, 2008
Over the years, Michael Phelps has mastered the art of playing coy.
November 17, 2008
Olympic swimmer Katie Hoff confirmed last night that she has decided to change coaches, saying she'll be working exclusively with Bob Bowman, Michael Phelps' coach.
November 18, 2008
Michael Phelps was named Athlete of the Year last night by USA Swimming at the annual Golden Goggle Awards, which recognize outstanding achievement in the pool for American athletes.
November 29, 2008
In the interest of building some modicum of suspense, the people at Sports Illustrated have assembled a large group of candidates for the magazine's Sportsman of the Year award, which will be announced Tuesday.
October 5, 2008
With cascades of shrieks and the pounding of oh-so-many teenage feet, they heralded his coming. At the center of the herd, rolling down York Road, was a National Guard Humvee with a lanky young man waving from its open roof.
November 7, 2008
Olympian Michael Phelps and his coach, Bob Bowman, hoping to replicate their athletic success in the world of business, will announce a partnership today aimed at transforming the Meadowbrook Aquatic Center in Mount Washington into a world-class training facility.
October 5, 2008
Over the course of 17 races in 1 1/2 weeks, they celebrated Michael Phelps from the privacy of their homes, their excited voices careening off living room walls, waking up neighbors and stopping nearby traffic. But for the most part, the cheers and screams faded somewhere between Baltimore and Beijing.
September 26, 2008
He has traveled to so many cities and countries since the Olympics ended, when he wakes up in the morning, it's almost impossible for Michael Phelps to remember the date, or even what day it is.
September 11, 2008
He has walked down the red carpet with Kid Rock, been a presenter at the MTV Video Music Awards, filmed a skit with Jimmy Kimmel, been asked for autographs by celebrities, been a guest on Jay Leno's show, served as honorary bell ringer at the New York Stock Exchange and is rehearsing for his role as this week's host of Saturday Night Live.
November 8, 2008
Murray Stephens likes to joke that it took his own blood to help build the Meadowbrook Aquatic Center.
September 10, 2008
Eleven Olympic athletes with Maryland ties - foremost among them Michael Phelps - are being invited to take part next month in a parade in their honor in Towson, followed by a salute at Fort McHenry that will be capped off with fireworks.
October 18, 2008
Though his celebratory parade in Towson represented a finale to Michael Phelps' post-Olympic blitz of public appearances, the swimmer is just beginning his quest to become an enduring marketing force.
October 4, 2008
It's unlikely you'll see Michael Phelps peel off his shirt, lean out of his open-top Hummer and fling it into the parade crowd today.
September 24, 2008
It's beginning to sound like a military operation, complete with maps, complex logistics, moving machinery and marchers in uniform.
September 4, 2008
Before Michael Phelps could finally return home to Baltimore, the Olympian needed to visit a fan in Chicago.
September 15, 2008
It's very late at 30 Rockefeller Center, where it's been dark for hours, the stores long closed. Yet tourists and determined sightseers crowd the entrance, slog into an impossibly long but ever-growing line or just huddle around, camera phones on standby.
August 30, 2008
There was a big personality waiting to leap out of Michael Phelps. He was just waiting for someone to ask the right questions after he waved to a crowd of fans in a celebratory parade hosted by Walt Disney's Magic Kingdom yesterday.
September 9, 2008
September 5, 2008
This is what 24 hours in the life of Michael Phelps look like these days:
September 3, 2008
Michael Phelps has long yearned to attract more kids to swimming and to teach them about the pursuit of dreams, using his own life as the textbook.
August 28, 2008
Olympic star will try his hand at late-night comedy
August 24, 2008
The life Michael Phelps returns to in Baltimore won't be like the one he left
August 24, 2008
His arms are long enough to wrap around a Buick. His hands are as big as baseball mitts, and those feet would fit snugly in clown shoes. While his shoulders are broad, his lean frame would slide into a crack in the wall. In the afternoon, the sun casts a geometric shadow that's all sharp angles and long lines. It's easy to see that Michael Phelps is an amazing swimmer. He looks the part in every way possible.
August 24, 2008
First gold: 400 IM -- Aug. 10
August 24, 2008
Sixth gold: 200 IM -- Aug. 15
August 24, 2008
Second gold: 400 free relay -- Aug. 11
August 24, 2008
Fourth gold: 200 fly -- Aug. 13; Fifth gold: 800 free relay -- Aug. 13
August 18, 2008
After a break, shorter events might dot star's path to gold in 2012, coaches say
August 24, 2008
Seventh gold: 100 fly -- Aug. 16
August 24, 2008
Eighth gold: 400 medley relay -- Aug. 17
August 24, 2008
Third gold: 200 free -- Aug. 12
August 18, 2008
When London calls, swimmer will have answer
August 25, 2008
Swimmer says he'll try 'new events'
August 18, 2008
President Bush praised Olympic champion Michael Phelps yesterday for his performance in the swimming pool and outside it.
August 21, 2008
Michael Phelps' remarkable Beijing performance will certainly bring riches his way, but it is also putting money in the pockets of collectors who snapped up Phelps memorabilia before the Olympics.
August 20, 2008
Michael Phelps has backed away from a previous comment he made about purchasing a pool in Baltimore, saying at a news conference yesterday that he's not sure of his plans.
August 19, 2008
Yes, Michael Phelps has been called a rock star. But online - at least on Facebook - the Rodgers Forge swimmer is actually much bigger than that.
August 20, 2008
Swimmer's star is high, but future fame uncertain
August 18, 2008
The Flip Side
Thinking along same lines about Phelps
August 20, 2008
Swimmer's wins are just 'Phelpsian'
August 19, 2008
Swimmer adjusting to rush of media, fan attention after record-setting Games
August 17, 2008
Michael Phelps has left us only with questions of history.
August 17, 2008
A frenzy of golden energy, Michael Phelps exited the pool, shaking water off his lithe and lean body. Onto the pool deck splashed the droplets - those Baltimore roots, the memories from Greece and the immaculate show he'd just put on in China.
10:50 PM PDT, August 16, 2008
Rodgers Forge native wins 8th gold of Beijing Games in medley relay, breaking Spitz's 36-year-old record; 'Every day it seems like I'm in sort of a dream world'
August 17, 2008
More than 10,000 stay to watch Phelps win historic gold
August 18, 2008
Can't Michael Phelps stay? Please?
9:19 PM PDT, August 16, 2008
It's been quite a ride. Michael Phelps has been bold. He's been dominating. He's been lucky. And he's even been mortal when his goggles filled with water like an age-group swimmer. The second gold, a teammate assisted, saving the day. The seventh gold, give an assist to the Omega timing touchpad. (By the way, Omega is one of his sponsors.) But in the end, with Sunday morning's win, he became the first swimmer to win eight gold medals in the same Olympics. Here's a look back at how he did it.
August 16, 2008
He shows great wall of own to out-touch foe for gold No. 7
10:06 PM PDT, August 15, 2008
Swimmer's victory by a hundredth of a second puts him within one win of a record 8 gold medals
August 17, 2008
A look at the records and career of Michael Phelps
August 16, 2008
Coach Bob Bowman, often tough, pushes Phelps to greatness
August 15, 2008
Region in thrall to favorite son's Olympic feats
August 16, 2008
He and Spitz set 7-goal standard but in varied way
August 14, 2008
The hometown crowd is watching Michael Phelps and his unprecedented Olympics success in near-record numbers, making Baltimore the highest-rated TV market for this year's Games and helping WBAL, Channel 11, absolutely trounce the prime-time competition since Friday night's opening ceremonies.
August 16, 2008
They are both tied to the number seven, as in medals. They both swam six of the same events and set world records in all of them. They were both the talk of the sporting world.
August 15, 2008
Think you know everything about Phelps? Here are eight of his lesser-known traits
August 14, 2008
For Murray Stephens and the North Baltimore Aquatic Club, effort is everything
August 13, 2008
Counting down to a pair of finals for Phelps, Hoff
11:18 PM PDT, August 12, 2008
Swimmer wins two more races, sets mark with 11 career gold medals; he stays on track to break Spitz's record for single Games
9:58 PM PDT, August 14, 2008
Swimming phenomenon sets 6th world record in as many events
August 14, 2008
Swimmer has earned the glory, but sisters showed him the way
August 13, 2008
It's sport's progress, not their suits, athletes say
August 15, 2008
IOC president compares swimmer to Owens, Lewis
August 10, 2008
Olympian grasps his first gold of the Games, breaks his old world record
August 10, 2008
The race for history started this way: the lean swimmer stretching on the block and channeling adrenaline, his icy stare directed solely at the pool. His sights were not set on eight gold medals. For today, for this race, one would be enough.
10:51 PM PDT, August 11, 2008
Swimmer stays perfect in Beijing with third victory, third world record, tying Olympic mark with ninth career gold medal
August 8, 2008
For Phelps, yes, but Hoff more regal than Torres
3:54 AM PDT, August 11, 2008
U.S. team comes from behind for dramatic win in 400 freestyle relay; Hoff wins silver medal in 400 freestyle
August 9, 2008
Athlete tackles buzz about medal count one meet at a time
August 3, 2008
From Rodgers Forge to the brink of Beijing, the swimmer hasn't always been on cruise control
August 1, 2008
It was raining outside when her youngest left the nest.
July 5, 2008
Rodgers Forge swimmer nips Lochte, sets mark in 200-meter individual medley
August 5, 2008
Michael Phelps sneaked into Beijing almost unnoticed. He's unlikely to go out that way.
July 5, 2008
In the universe of hypotheticals, the most popular impossibility buzzing around the pool is this:
July 28, 2008
A rally will be held at 7:15 p.m. Friday in downtown Towson to honor Baltimore County residents Michael Phelps and Katie Hoff, who are in Beijing to compete on the U.S. Olympic swim team.
July 3, 2008
In the eyes of the world, Katie Hoff has always been a great swimmer. That was obvious, even when she was 14 years old.
July 7, 2008
For local Olympic swimmers, heartfelt hopes become big realities
July 6, 2008
Rivals no match for the local swimmers at U.S. Olympic trials
July 4, 2008
U.S. Olympic Trials
Phelps, Hoff in multiple events, but not many follow their example
July 6, 2008
And now the race is on. They've leapt from the starting blocks. In one lane, expectations. In another, hope. And in a third, speculation.
June 30, 2008
Throughout Michael Phelps' amazing swimming career, only a handful of men have had the courage, the conditioning and the competitive moxie to race him in the 400-meter individual medley and match him stroke for stroke.
June 29, 2008
As a young man, Michael Phelps dreamed of the day he would, in his words, change the sport of swimming in America.
June 19, 2008
In the competitive run-up to the U.S. Olympic swimming team trials, Michael Phelps and Katie Hoff carried a heavy workload.
June 7, 2008
The pieces of Katie Hoff's aquatic Chinese puzzle are beginning to come together. One stroke strengthens another. Distances seem to shrink. A skill honed gets her closer to her goal: the starting blocks in Beijing.
May 19, 2008
Michael Phelps of Rodgers Forge ended his drought against Aaron Peirsol and is ready to start turning his attention toward the U.S. Olympic trials.
June 8, 2008
Before his second race of the day, the 100-meter backstroke, Michael Phelps got succinct advice from his coach: Be first.
April 13, 2008
April 7, 2008
Swimming: Toyota Grand Prix
In the span of 42 minutes last night, Towson's Katie Hoff won two gold medals and a silver at the Toyota Grand Prix competition.
July 2, 2008
U.S. Olympic Trials
Shortly after Michael Phelps finished the 200-meter freestyle last night, Mark Schubert, the venerable coach of the U.S. swim team, walked down onto the pool deck inside Qwest Center and threw an arm around the Rodgers Forge native.
June 28, 2008
Michael Phelps isn't shy about how much he loves to play poker. He plays it with friends, plays it in casinos with strangers, and sometimes plays it online, late at night.
April 4, 2008
With most of the nation's best swimmers scheduled to compete at the Toyota Grand Prix here this weekend, record-breaking performances might take a back seat to the swimsuit competition.
May 11, 2008
Michael Phelps showed up at the Meadowbrook Aquatic Center last night and climbed into the pool.
April 18, 2008
Michael Phelps has always said he'd be willing to follow his coach, Bob Bowman, just about anywhere. After the Beijing Olympics, it looks as if Phelps will be following him right back to Baltimore.
April 5, 2008
Ohio State Grand Prix
Michael Phelps likes wearing his Detroit Tigers hat sideways, and sometimes backward.
February 18, 2008
Missouri Grand Prix
Katie Hoff took two more gold medals yesterday at the Missouri Grand Prix and $20 from Michael Phelps.
April 30, 2008
Beijing Olympics: 100 Days To Go
In one corner of the Donald B. Canham Natatorium, a massive brick building on the University of Michigan campus that houses a 50-meter pool, there is a tiny clock with glowing red numbers.
February 17, 2008
Michael Phelps climbed out of the pool yesterday after swimming the 200-meter butterfly and waggled his right wrist. As he looked over his split times with Jon Urbanchek, one of his coaches at Club Wolverine, Phelps smiled, then shrugged.
February 16, 2008
Missouri Grand Prix Meet
Michael Phelps readily concedes that he's not much of a morning person.
June 6, 2008
With about three weeks to go before the competition to determine the U.S. Olympic swimming team, elite athletes like Katie Hoff and Michael Phelps don't have to turn heads at the final Grand Prix meet this weekend.
April 6, 2008
When Katie Hoff finished the 400-meter individual medley last night, everyone assumed she just had set a U.S. Open record. It was announced over the public address system at the Ohio State Grand Prix, the crowd roared, and a representative from USA Swimming tried to congratulate her.
February 19, 2008
Michael Phelps didn't sleep well this past week at the Missouri Grand Prix. And he couldn't figure out why.
February 15, 2008
Swimming Missouri Grand Prix
A year ago, swimmer Michael Phelps showed up in Columbia, Mo., for the Missouri Grand Prix with low expectations. He did not have history on his mind.
December 2, 2007
Michael Phelps won the 100-yard freestyle for his second individual victory at the U.S. short-course national championships.
January 22, 2008
Michael Phelps went 2-for-3 in consecutive events at the Southern California Grand Prix last night, swimming faster times in each than he did a year ago.
November 30, 2007
Ryan Lochte beat Michael Phelps by 1.24 seconds with an American-record time in the latest renewal of their rivalry on the opening night of the U.S. short-course national championships yesterday.
November 29, 2007
Michael Phelps will hit the water today at the U.S. short-course national championships, testing his surgically repaired right wrist for the first time in competition since he hurt himself getting into a car in October.
January 21, 2008
Michael Phelps cruised to an 8.68-second victory in the 400-yard individual medley at the Southern California Grand Prix meet last night, flirting with his American record before falling off the pace.
November 20, 2007
Michael Phelps won a leading three Golden Goggles awards, including Male Athlete of the Year, on Sunday night when USA Swimming honored the year's top American performers.
January 20, 2008
Michael Phelps opened the Olympic year with two victories at the Southern California Grand Prix, swimming his best times in the 100- and 500-yard freestyles last night.
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