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Michael Phelps

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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 Se...
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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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  • Baltimore's golden son

    Baltimore's golden son
    For Baltimore area swimmers between the ages of 8 and 18, the last weekend of July is always an important time. It marks the end of the summer swim team season, as thousands of youngsters compete in divisional championships with trophies, ribbons and...
  • Liquid Gold: South Carroll, Carroll Aquatics are county's winners at Straehle

    Liquid Gold: South Carroll, Carroll Aquatics are county's winners at Straehle
    Hundreds of swimmers are descending upon London for the 2012 Summer Olympics, but the sport also enjoyed a crowning moment in the local summer season this week in Hampstead. On Wednesday, July 25, a group of nearly 1,000 swimmers competed in the...
  • Olympics TV listings: Tuesday, July 31

    Olympics TV listings: Tuesday, July 31
    Viewing Tips The U.S. women's field hockey team, which includes Maryland grads Katie O'Donnell and Keli Smith Puzo, faces Argentina. Watch at 2 p.m. on MSNBC. Watch Baltimore native Carmelo Anthony and Seat Pleasant native Kevin Durant in the U.S. men'...
  • After Olympics, Michael Phelps might race horses

    After Olympics, Michael Phelps might race horses
    Michael Phelps could very well become the greatest Olympian of all time but he says when he retires from swimming after the London Games, he plans to conquer a new sport: Horse racing. Phelps tells Yahoo that he's quite serious about buying a race...
  • Michael Phelps' old breakfast stop serves up Olympic-sized lunch

    Michael Phelps' old breakfast stop serves up Olympic-sized lunch
    Remember Michael Phelps' mammoth Pete's Grille breakfast? Four years ago, we learned that our hometown Olympian would go to Pete's for a breakfast of three fried-egg sandwiches, one omelet, a bowl of grits, three slices of French toast with powdered...
  • Olympics opening ceremony makes for fine prime-time TV event

    Olympics opening ceremony makes for fine prime-time TV event
    What plays well in a stadium doesn't always work so well on TV. But if the in-person thumbs-up reviews out of London Friday were accurate, the opening ceremonies of the Summer Olympics were a winner on both fronts. By and large, the version shown for...
  • Slow start for Phelps

    Who was that swimmer in the far lane, finishing fourth and failing to medal? A sluggish-looking Michael Phelps launched his final Olympics Saturday night in uncharacteristic fashion, leaving the pool without a stop at the medal platform after a fourth-...
  • Women dominating at London Olympics

    Women dominating at London Olympics
    The darkened arena pulsed with anticipation, the thousands of spectators roaring and their cameras flashing like giant fireflies as the boxers swaggered in, punching the air, bouncing on the balls of their feet and glaring like gladiators. And then, the...
  • What Michael Phelps can teach us about international relations

    What Michael Phelps can teach us about international relations
    Watching the Olympic Games, I find one phenomenon particularly striking. After an event, athletes who literally seconds before had been attempting to trounce one another in competition suddenly start hugging each other. An outsider might wonder about...
  • In defense of NBC's Olympics broadcast

    Every two years, the Olympics roll around and amazing specimens of humanity like Michael Phelps make the rest of us feel like tree sloths. The Winter Olympics are bad enough -- downhill racers streaking like rockets, snowboarders and ski jumpers...
  • Olympics TV listings: Wednesday, August 1

    Olympics TV listings: Wednesday, August 1
    Viewing Tips Swimming qualification races including Michael Phelps air at 11:05 a.m. on WBAL. Finals are part of prime-time coverage on WBAL starting at 8 p.m. Catch Baltimore native Angel McCoughtry in the U.S. women's basketball team's game against...
  • Showdown set for Michael Phelps, Tyler Clary in 200-meter butterfly

    Showdown set for Michael Phelps, Tyler Clary in 200-meter butterfly
    Another day, another shot at a bit of redemption. But this time it may be for Tyler Clary, the swimmer whose public dissing of teammate Michael Phelpscaused a verbal firestorm as the two headed to the Games. Clary was widely viewed as the bad guy after...