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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 returns to competitive swimming with second-place finish

    Michael Phelps returns to competitive swimming with second-place finish
    MESA, Ariz. — A buzz ran through the crowd, an accumulation of murmurs and applause that drifted across the pool to where Michael Phelps stood. It was just loud enough to make the swimmer grin as he stepped onto the block.
  • Michael Phelps happy with first time back in pool

    Michael Phelps happy with first time back in pool
    MESA, Ariz. — If Michael Phelps had a number in mind for his first time back in the pool — the first step in his comeback — he was keeping it to himself. After finishing as the fastest qualifier in the 100-meter butterfly at a Grand...

    Michael Phelps' comeback begins swimmingly

    Michael Phelps' comeback begins swimmingly
    MESA, Ariz. — It was only a preliminary heat, but Michael Phelps looked impressive in the first step of his much-anticipated comeback at a Grand Prix meet in Arizona on Thursday. The 22-time Olympic medalist — who had not raced since the...

    Michael Phelps won't make any promises about 2016 Summer Olympics

    Michael Phelps won't make any promises about 2016 Summer Olympics
    Michael Phelps will launch his comeback from retirement on Thursday, but the 22-time Olympic medalist won't make any promises about competing at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games. "I'm doing this because I want to get back in the water," he said at a...

    Michael Phelps to return to competitive swimming this month

    Michael Phelps to return to competitive swimming this month
    All of you who, in your office pool, had Michael Phelps returning to competition in April 2014 can smile today. Phelps, a 22-time Olympic medalist, is scheduled to compete for the first time since the 2012 London Games at a swim meet April 24-26 in...