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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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  • Michael Phelps will play himself on 'Suits' episode Thursday night

    Michael Phelps will play himself on 'Suits' episode Thursday night
    Fans of the USA Network drama "Suits" will see one of their own on the show's Thursday night season premiere as Michael Phelps  pops in for a four-line appearance. The most decorated Olympian in history will play himself on the episode, scheduled to air...
  • Michael Phelps 'busier than ever' but still shooting down rumors of a return to swimming

    Michael Phelps 'busier than ever' but still shooting down rumors of a return to swimming
    Earlier this week during an interview with a TV station in Maine, Michael Phelps said “I’m retired. I love it. It’s fun.” But the winner of the most medals in Olympic history is also busier than ever, saying “I’m on the...
  • Coach Bob Bowman says Michael Phelps has been swimming at North Baltimore Aquatic Club

    Coach Bob Bowman says Michael Phelps has been swimming at North Baltimore Aquatic Club
    Michael Phelps is keeping everyone guessing. Less than a week after Phelps told a Maine TV station that “I’m retired. I love it. It’s fun,” his coach Bob Bowman told a French news agency that the winner of the most medals in...
  • If Michael Phelps wants to come back, there's no reason for us to think he can't

    If Michael Phelps wants to come back, there's no reason for us to think he can't
    Michael Phelps has nothing left to prove in a swimming pool. His place in Olympic history is assured, and anything he might accomplish during the 2016 games in Rio de Janeiro — if he should decide to try and add to his record medal count —...
  • Could Michael Phelps become the next Brett Favre?

    Could Michael Phelps become the next Brett Favre?
    In discussing his potential return to competitive swimming, Michael Phelps told The Associated Press that he doesn't want to be likened to another athlete famous for his unretirements. "Just don't compare me to Brett Favre," he said. Chris Chase,...
  • Michael Phelps submits to drug testing, signaling possible return to pool

    Michael Phelps submits to drug testing, signaling possible return to pool
    After months of hints and half-denials, Michael Phelps has re-entered the drug testing pool for international competition, the strongest signal yet that he's planning a return to swimming. Phelps, already widely regarded as the greatest competitive...
  • Michael Phelps says he's not yet in Olympic shape

    Michael Phelps says he's not yet in Olympic shape
    Michael Phelps said Saturday he's back in the pool a couple of times a week, but he's nowhere near ready for a return to competitive swimming. Rumors about Phelps reversing his retirement picked up steam after he entered the drug-testing pool for...
  • Michael and Debbie Phelps celebrate mothers at fundraiser

    Michael and Debbie Phelps celebrate mothers at fundraiser
    To jolt a young Michael Phelps out of bed for 6 a.m. swim practice, his mom Debbie sometimes resorted to blasting him with a hot hair dryer. "I was always the worst at getting out of bed," Phelps recalled Saturday at a breakfast fundraiser honoring...
  • Dulaney runner Abby Cahalan thankful for a second chance at an athletic career

    Dulaney runner Abby Cahalan thankful for a second chance at an athletic career
    We finally live in a world of widespread concussion awareness, and for that 17-year-old Abby Cahalan will give thanks on Thursday. She learned about postconcussion syndrome the hard way — one pounding headache and dizzy spell at a time — and...
  • Michael Phelps films Subway commercial in Brazil, maintains mystery of potential comeback

    Michael Phelps films Subway commercial in Brazil, maintains mystery of potential comeback
    Michael Phelps continued his global mystery tour this week with a trip to Sao Paulo, Brazil, to film his newest Subway commercial with soccer legend Pele. The mystery, of course, is whether Phelps will swim for more gold medals when Brazil hosts the...
  • Swimmers Michael Phelps, Jessica Long among ESPY Award winners

    Swimmers Michael Phelps, Jessica Long among ESPY Award winners
    ESPY Awards Michael Phelps, Jessica Long among winners Michael Phelps won two ESPY Awards on Wednesday night at the annual ceremony in Los Angeles, topping the "Best Male Olympian" and "Best Record Breaking Performance" categories, and Jessica Long...
  • Ravens shut out at last night's ESPYs

    Ravens shut out at last night's ESPYs
    Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs doesn't miss an opportunity to express his admiration and love for LeBron James and the Miami Heat. However, he probably wasn't a huge fan of the back-to-back NBA champions last night. That's because the Heat, and James...