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Make room on Baltimore's 'Mount Rushmore' of sports

Make room on Baltimore's 'Mount Rushmore' of sports

Michael Phelps doesn't have to climb the mountain anymore.

He has reached the highest of Olympic heights. He is the most decorated athlete in the modern history of the Olympic Games. He is, by just about all accounts, the greatest swimmer who ever lived.

So, the only thing left to do is bring the mountain to Michael.

It has become a fun subject of sports debate to consider which local icons belong on the “Mount Rushmore” of athletic achievement for a particular geographic area, and — in Baltimore — that discussion just became a little more interesting.

That's because it wasn't a particularly controversial topic until Phelps went from just being the most dominant...