Michael Phelps

Sun In-Depth: Michael Phelps

bio: Swimmer Michael Phelps is the most decorated Olympian of all time, with a career total of 22 medals — 18 of them gold. But numbers only tell part of the story: The Rodgers Forge native transformed the sport, attracting more participants and greater media attenton than it had ever enjoyed. While Phelps retired after the London 2012 Games — his fourth and final Olympics, he said — there are continual rumors or perhaps simply wishful thinking that he will attempt a comeback at Rio de Janeiro in 2016.

Born: June 30, 1985, in Towson, Md.

OUT OF THE POOL: Phelps maintains a competitive streak on dry land as well. He worked on his golf game on the reality show, The Haney Project; he and his longtime swimming coach Bob Bowman are raising thoroughbred horses; he is an avid fan of the Baltimore Orioles and Ravens.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: Fifteen years old at his first Olympics, in 2000, he was youngest American male swimmer in decades to compete in the Games. His eight-for-eight gold medals in the 2008 Beijing Games remains one of the most exciting athletic feats. In London, he tied and then surpassed the previous record for most decorated Olympian, the 18 won by Soviet-era gymnast Larisa Latynina.

Personal: Mother, Debbie Phelps; father, Fred Phelps; sisters, Whitney Flickinger and Hilary Phelps



Michael Phelps ends Olympic career with finish that's golden

Someday, people will tell their grandchildren about this. How, under the swooping roof of the Aquatics Centre, on the final day of his final Olympics, they saw Michael Phelps race for the final time. They’ll remember how they saw him, one more time, take a deficit and transform it into a lead. And they saw him win gold.

In final individual event of Olympic career, Michael Phelps wins gold medal

And then there was one.

Phelps wins his first medal of London Games in 400-meter freestyle relay

LONDON — In a turnaround that left Michael Phelps and his teammates in stunned silence Sunday night, the 400-meter freestyle relay gold medal that the U.S. had in its grasp slipped away in a late surge by the final French swimmer.

Peter Schmuck: Make room on Baltimore's 'Mount Rushmore' of sports

Michael Phelps doesn't have to climb the mountain anymore.

Peter Schmuck: Michael Phelps stands alone at the top

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.

Michael Phelps sets another Olympic record by beating Ryan Lochte for gold in 200M IM

With Michael Phelps’ script calling for him to exit pool left after these Games, every day brings another last — of a particular race, for example, or a final matchup against a worthy rival. But even after four Olympics, Phelps is finding firsts.

2008 Olympics: SYDNEY

A hero's welcome, a new life in fame

When Michael Phelps left his mother's house in Rodgers Forge four years ago, he was - despite his six gold medals and his 19 years on Earth - still a boy in almost every sense.

The greatest

Eighth gold: 400 medley relay -- Aug. 17

Finish for ages

Seventh gold: 100 fly -- Aug. 16

Friends, rivals

Sixth gold: 200 IM -- Aug. 15

1 day, 2 golds

Fourth gold: 200 fly -- Aug. 13

Golden roll

Third gold: 200 free -- Aug. 12


Classy finish, golden future

ATHENS - There's an English bulldog puppy waiting for Michael Phelps and a week at a Wyoming time share.

Phelps gets gold, gives up his place

Michael Phelps added to one of the grandest performances in Olympic history, then unexpectedly pulled the plug on it and sent a thank-you gift to a rival who provided motivation.

Phelps captures 4th gold medal, sets two records

Michael Phelps became only the second male swimmer to collect three individual gold medals in a single Olympics when he won the 200-meter individual medley yesterday. If he can follow that today with a victory over a 100-meter butterfly field headed by Ian Crocker, Phelps will surpass Mark Spitz in at least one regard.