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Michael Phelps

International Swimmer + World Record Holder + Olympic Gold Medalist
Born Jun 30, 1985

Michael Fred Phelps II is a retired American swimmer and the most decorated Olympian of all time with 22 medals. Phelps also holds the all-time records for gold medals (18, double that of the next highest record holder), gold medals in individual events (11), and Olympic medals in individual events for a male (13). In winning eight gold medals at the 2008 Beijing Games, Phelps took the record for the most first-place finishes at any single Olympic Games.… Read More

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1985 Birth Born on June 30, 1985.
1994 9 Years Old Phelps's parents divorced in 1994, and his father remarried in 2000. … Read More


2000 15 Years Old More age group records followed, and Phelps's rapid improvement culminated in his qualifying for the 2000 Summer Olympics at the age of 15 and becoming the youngest male to make a U.S. Olympic swim team in 68 years. … Read More
2001 16 Years Old 1 More Event
At the World Championship Trials for the 2001 World Aquatics Championships, on March 30, Phelps broke the world record in the 200-meter butterfly to become, at 15 years and 9 months, the youngest man ever to set a swimming world record, breaking the record previously held by Ian Thorpe when he lowered the 400-meter freestyle world record at 16 years, 10 months. … Read More
2002 17 Years Old 1 More Event
At Nationals, the selection meet for the 2002 Pan Pacific Swimming Championships, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Phelps set an American record in the 200-meter individual medley and was just off the world record in the 200-meter butterfly. … Read More
2003 18 Years Old 1 More Event
…  At the 2003 Duel in the Pool, a meet that pits swimming stars from Australia and the United States, Phelps broke the world record in the 400-meter individual medley with a time of 4:10.73 and almost broke the world record in the 100-meter butterfly, just missing the record by .03 seconds. … Read More


2005 - 2006 4 More Events
At the 2007 World Aquatics Championships, Phelps won seven gold medals, tying the record, and broke five world records. … Read More
At the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials, Phelps competed in six individual events. … Read More
2009 24 Years Old 1 More Event
At the 2009 National Championships, Phelps drastically shortened his program, swimming in only three individual events. … Read More
2010 25 Years Old 1 More Event
At the 2010 National Championships, Phelps competed in five individual events. … Read More
2011 26 Years Old In his first event at the 2011 World Aquatics Championships in Shanghai, Phelps won bronze in the 4×100-meter freestyle relay with Garrett Weber-Gale, Jason Lezak, and Nathan Adrian. … Read More
For the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Phelps originally stated he would never do eight events again, and would instead try new events. … Read More
In April 2014, Phelps announced he would come out of retirement, and would enter an event later that month.


…  In February 2015, Phelps announced he was engaged to Nicole Johnson. … Read More
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