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Sun reporterMichael Phelps did not grow up a dreamer of small dreams. His reach, even from a very young age, always managed to exceed his grasp, as poet Robert Browning once wrote. Phelps yearned to become a professional athlete like his idol Pablo Morales, and,...
Sun reporterIn the eyes of the world, Katie Hoff has always been a great swimmer. That was obvious, even when she was 14 years old. But at age 19, on the eve of her second Olympic Games, Hoff has become something more. Something that cannot be taught and cannot be...
Tags: Katie Hoff, Death, Michael Phelps, Hobbies
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. "It's not my...
It's beginning to sound like a military operation, complete with maps, complex logistics, moving machinery and marchers in uniform. With plans for the Oct. 4 parade to honor Michael Phelps and other Maryland Olympians rapidly taking shape, what became...
Sun ReporterIt does not matter where Bob Bowman lays his head to rest at night - and it could be anywhere, from Baltimore to Barcelona, Ann Arbor to Beijing - he does not hear his alarm clock in the morning. He is always awake long before it wails, usually on the...
Tags: Family, Vince Lombardi, Gaming, Bill Walsh, Awards and Prizes
Sun reporterSo much history can be decided by fractions of a second in swimming. But never in the history of the sport has so much been at stake with so little time as there was today in the 100-meter butterfly. Michael Phelps should not have won. It looked, from...
From wire reportsMichael Phelps has a new accolade. "He is the icon of the Games," International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge said yesterday. The American swimmer had won five gold medals entering the 200-meter individual medley, setting five world...
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. Maybe,...
Sun reporterHe was breathing hard. His muscles were screaming. His goggles were full of water and he couldn't see the walls. Michael Phelps was exhausted, and one of his competitors was closing fast. In the stands, his coach looked worried. It didn't matter....
Even though Michael Phelps is taking a break from the pool, he's still picking up honors. The Rodgers Forge native yesterday became the first swimmer named Sports Illustrated'sSportsman of the Year. He's just the third athlete from Maryland to be so...
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. Is today Friday? Or is it Thursday? Without looking at...
Sun ReporterWith a gold medal draped around his neck, Kurt Angle couldn't hold back the tears as he stood proudly on the podium, his right hand across his heart, as "The Star-Spangled Banner" played. It was the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, and Angle had just won...
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