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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, Adam Jones salute Ravens in Foxborough

    Michael Phelps, Adam Jones salute Ravens in Foxborough
    Waiting patiently outside the Ravens' locker room following their resounding AFC championship game victory over the New England Patriots, Olympic gold medalist swimmer Michael Phelps and Orioles center fielder Adam Jones paid tribute to the AFC champions....
  • Who do we have to thank for Michael Phelps? Ray Lewis

    Who do we have to thank for Michael Phelps? Ray Lewis
    Imagine, if you will, Art Garfunkel and Paul Simon. When you're weary Feeling small When tears are in your eyes I will dry them all Now replace the images of those two men with Ray Lewis and Michael Phelps, and you'll understand the apparent...
  • Sports Business Lunch: Ayanbadejo ready for Super Bowl spotlight, more on Lewis and Phelps

    Sports Business Lunch: Ayanbadejo ready for Super Bowl spotlight, more on Lewis and Phelps
    An occasional look at sports business stories from across the country ... Brendon Ayanbadejo knows there is no better time to speak than in the lead up to the Super Bowl. Thousands of reporters from every sort of outlet will be in New Orleans to cover...
  • Phelps- and Bowman-backed colt Cerro inspires Derby dreams

    After rewriting the Olympic record books for swimming, Michael Phelps and his longtime coach might have the Kentucky Derby in their sights with a 3-year-old colt named Cerro who won a race Saturday at Gulfstream Park for Team Valor International....
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    Michael Phelps nominated for face of trillion-dollar coin
    Fiscal cliff is so last year. In 2013, it's all about the trillion-dollar coin. And there's at least one news outlet campaigning for the dream coin to feature Michael Phelps. If you haven't been paying attention, the idea of a trillion dollar coin --...
  • USA Today dresses down Michael Phelps' fashion

    USA Today dresses down Michael Phelps' fashion
    Michael Phelps is playing some serious poker in the Bahamas with the likes of Jason Alexander. But cards, shmards. At least one reporter is more interested in nominating the swimmer/golfer/card shark/retiree for the next episode of "What Not to Wear."...
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    Regarding letter writer Bruce R. Knauff's complaint that coverage of Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis' retirement has been excessive, every debate has two sides ("Enough about Ray Lewis," Jan. 8). Mr. Knauff suggested that The Sun would better serve its...
  • Towson faces Northeastern with first place in CAA on the line

    Towson faces Northeastern with first place in CAA on the line
    The last time Towson rode a four-game winning streak in men's basketball, this year's team was in grade school. Bill Clinton was president, Michael Phelps was a medal-less Olympian and iPods didn't exist. "Not since 2000? That's crazy," said Marcus...
  • Will Ravens' Flacco be hurt by Sports Illustrated cover?

    Will Ravens' Flacco be hurt by Sports Illustrated cover?
    The Baltimore Ravens proved last week that they could beat not just the Denver Broncos but the Las Vegas oddsmakers who had predicted their defeat. But can they now beat the Sports Illustrated jinx? The magazine — whose prestigious cover image is...
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    Connolly's Bar: Best year for a Baltimore sports fan?
    I wrote a little about this before. But now I want your opinion. So come sit down by the bar, grab a Boh and give me your two cents (no, that’s not the suggested tip). The Ravens play in the AFC title game Sunday. One upset win over the New...
  • Notes: Ray Rice has an active role in the Ravens' offense

    Notes: Ray Rice has an active role in the Ravens' offense
    Instead of essentially abandoning the running game like they did a week ago during the second half of a loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, the Ravens found a way to make Pro Bowl running back Ray Rice a vital part of the offense on Sunday night. During the...
  • What was the No. 1 sports story of 2012?

    Look toward London Iliana Limón Romero Orlando Sentinel The London Olympics delivered the most compelling storylines of 2012. Gabby Douglas was not considered a contender for the women's gymnastics all-around gold medal at the beginning of the year,...