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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 brings new girlfriend to ESPYs

    Michael Phelps brings new girlfriend to ESPYs
    Michael Phelps looked like he was enjoying himself at the ESPY Awards in Los Angeles this evening. Dressed in a dark suit instead of a swim suit, and with Golf Channel reporter Win McMurry on his arm as he walked the red carpet, retirement seemed to agree...
  • Balto. Co. trail to honor mother and son killed in 2008 car crash

    Balto. Co. trail to honor mother and son killed in 2008 car crash
    If it was a Saturday morning and the weather was nice, you could find Katie and Wil Brady on their bikes, exploring trails around the Baltimore region. That was until 2008, when the Perry Hall mother and her 8-year-old son were killed in a car crash on...
  • Is Michael Phelps getting restless?

    Is Michael Phelps getting restless?
    Michael Phelps generated some buzz at the World Swimming Championships in Barcelona this week when he was non-committal to the latest media inquiries about his future. Since he wouldn’t specifically rule out one more attempt to add to his medal...
  • The Sun Remembers: Aug. 4-10

    The Sun Remembers: Aug. 4-10
    Aug. 9, 2003: Michael Phelps of the North Baltimore Aquatic Club becomes the first male swimmer to capture five individual titles at the U.S. Nationals — and he does it in College Park. Phelps breaks the record of four held by Mark Spitz, Johnny...
  • Michael Phelps, social media maven

    Michael Phelps has held a lot of titles. Olympic swimming champion. Philanthropist. Subway spokesman. Add a new one to the list: social media expert. The swimmer took over the official Ravens twitter account during last week's snowy last-minute...
  • Haloti Ngata returns to practice, Arthur Jones still not practicing

    Haloti Ngata returns to practice, Arthur Jones still not practicing
    Ravens Pro Bowl defensive tackle Haloti Ngata returned to practice after missing the past few days of practice to attend to a family issue. He wasn't at practice Sunday and Monday, excused for personal reasons. Meanwhile, defensive end Arthur Jones...
  • Ravens notes: Haloti Ngata returns to practice Tuesday

    Ravens notes: Haloti Ngata returns to practice Tuesday
    Pro Bowl defensive tackle Haloti Ngata returned to practice after missing the past few days to attend to a family issue. He wasn't at practice Sunday and Monday, excused for personal reasons. Starting defensive end Arthur Jones missed practice for the...
  • Notebook: No setbacks for Webb, Yanda in preseason debuts

    Notebook: No setbacks for Webb, Yanda in preseason debuts
    It only took a few moments for Ravens Pro Bowl offensive guard Marshal Yanda and starting cornerback Lardarius Webb during their respective preseason debuts to prove that their surgically repaired limbs are sound and highly functional. Yanda underwent...
  • Michael Phelps and girlfriend Win McMurry attend Ravens' practice

    Michael Phelps and girlfriend Win McMurry attend Ravens' practice
    Retired swimmer Michael Phelps was with the Ravens every step of the way during their Super Bowl run last year, and the most decorated Olympian ever is picking up where he left off. Five days after attending the Ravens' preseason loss last Thursday to...
  • Maryland vs. Texas in sports and beyond

    Maryland vs. Texas in sports and beyond
    They say everything's bigger in Texas. But is it better? Texas Gov. Rick Perry seems to think so, as he tours Maryland today, looking to attract business to his state. Plus, the Houston Texans come to M&T Bank Stadium on Sunday to face the Ravens....
  • Notebook: Cornell releases report on men's lacrosse hazing

    Notebook: Cornell releases report on men's lacrosse hazing
    Cornell University released its report Sunday on incidents that led to the suspension of the men's lacrosse team from fall events. The report reveals what it calls a "presence of a culture within this group of treating new members as less than equals."...
  • Deborah Phelps dives into role as director of education foundation

    Deborah Phelps dives into role as director of education foundation
    One of Dallas Dance's first initiatives after taking over the Baltimore County Public School system last summer was, as it has turned out, one of the simplest decisions he has had to make. Dance made a commitment to the Board of Education and...