Michael Phelps

As Michael Phelps begins to wrap up his stellar Olympic swimming career beginning this weekend in London, take a look back at where he started and how he became arguably the greatest Olympian - and Towson's favorite son.

TIMELINE: Michael Phelps' greatest hits over the past 10 years

TIMELINE: Michael Phelps' greatest hits over the past 10 years

1999 July — Sets new 13-14 age group mark in the 200-meter butterfly (2:04.59) at Speedo Junior Championships in Orlando, Fla. Old mark of 2:05.72 stood since 1980.  Read more ...

<i>From the archive</i>: Towson's chance to cheer Olympians Phelps, Hoff

From the archive: Towson's chance to cheer Olympians Phelps, Hoff

It is the ultimate revenge for any kid who has been ridiculed for the way he looks, the ultimate fantasy.  Read more ...

<i>From the archive</i>: Phelps honored at Towson's "Parade of Gold"

From the archive: Towson honors returning Olympians with parade

It was the kindness that Michael Phelps extended to her father four years ago that drew Frani Hahn to the Parade of Gold honoring Maryland's Olympic heroes Oct. 4.  Read more ...

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