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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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  • Phelps turns in 'decent' time in final event at Mesa Grand Prix

    Phelps turns in 'decent' time in final event at Mesa Grand Prix
    MESA, Ariz.—Michael Phelps wasn’t swimming to win this time. He knew a butterfly stroke would give him no chance to beat some of the best swimmers in the world in Friday’s 50-meter freestyle at the Mesa Grand Prix. But he seemed to get...
  • Michael Phelps' return to competition could open the door to much more

    Michael Phelps' return to competition could open the door to much more
    MESA, Ariz. — Michael Phelps ended the first meet of his comeback on an odd note Friday, using his butterfly stroke to swim a 50-meter freestyle race that's never been part of his repertoire. He was swimming to tinker with his form, not to win....
  • Michael Phelps to compete again Friday, but not against Ryan Lochte

    Michael Phelps to compete again Friday, but not against Ryan Lochte
    Michael Phelps will take another small step in his comeback to competitive swimming when he competes in two races on Friday but this time he will do it without the presence of his friend and greatest rival. The 28-year-old Phelps competed for the...
  • Michael Phelps to continue comeback in Charlotte Grand Prix

    Michael Phelps to continue comeback in Charlotte Grand Prix
    Michael Phelps is expected to continue his return to competitive swimming at the Arena Grand Prix at Charlotte May 15-18, USA Swimming announced Tuesday. Phelps began his comeback last month at the Arena Grand Prix in Mesa, Ariz., where he finished...
  • Back in familiar waters, Michael Phelps races to first win since comeback

    Back in familiar waters, Michael Phelps races to first win since comeback
    Michael Phelps was back in familiar waters and on top of the winner's podium in his comeback to competitive swimming at the U.S. Grand Prix in Charlotte on Friday. Competing for just the second time since retiring after the 2012 London Olympics,...
  • Michael Phelps could return to competitive swimming in next few months, coach says

    Michael Phelps could return to competitive swimming in next few months, coach says
    Michael Phelps' comeback inched closer to reality Tuesday when his longtime coach said the record-setting Olympian could swim in a meet “sometime soon.” “He looks like he is definitely in shape,” Phelps' coach, Bob Bowman, said....
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    Couple doing the cha cha to raise money for dementia research
    Jodi Levitan still gets choked up when she talks about her father, Jack Fisher, of New Orleans, who died of dementia at age 90 on Father's Day of 2012. "It's hard to talk about," said Levitan, 58, of Poplar Hill. "It's a terrible disease." On April...
  • Dear Interwebs, Michael Phelps is not dead

    Dear Interwebs, Michael Phelps is not dead
    Calm down, Twitterverse. Michael Phelps is not dead. Fred Phelps, however, is. Seems some folks on Twitter have gotten the two confused. Or maybe this is just some tweeter’s idea of a joke. Whatever the case, “Michael Phelps RIP”...
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    Baltimore center helping to heal the youngest victims of abuse
    Maryland's own Sugar Ray Leonard is perhaps best known as a baby-faced Olympic gold medalist and champion prize fighter with a winning smile. Yet for decades, the world-renowned boxer suppressed a devastating secret: Leonard had been sexually abused as a...
  • Under Armour vaults to bigger playing field with Notre Dame, Naval Academy deals

    Under Armour vaults to bigger playing field with Notre Dame, Naval Academy deals
    Under Armour took on Nike and Adidas — and won. Beating out much bigger rivals to partner with the University of Notre Dame and its athletic teams catapulted the Baltimore-based sports brand onto an elite playing field, marketing experts say....
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    Baltimore-set comedic web series 'BFA' is not your average show about Millennials
    There's a scene in the first episode of the new web series "BFA" that quickly tells you this isn't another navel-gazer about life as a 20-something in New York or Los Angeles. Our protagonists, a group of Baltimore actors who make up the fictional Stick...
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    When they race this month at the Olympics, U.S. speedskaters will suit up in skin-tight, high-tech uniforms that research shows could make a measurable difference in their speed. In a quest to create the world's fastest suit for the 2014 Winter Olympics...