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 a total of 22 medals. Phelps also holds the all-time records for Olympic gold medals (18, double the second highest record holders), Olympic gold medals in individual events (11), and Olympic medals in individual events for a male (13).… Read More

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1985 Birth Born on June 30, 1985.
1994 9 Years Old His parents divorced in 1994, when he was nine years old, and his father remarried in 2000. … Read More


2000 - 2001 3 More Events
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
2004 19 Years Old 1 More Event
At the 2004 U.S. Olympic Team Trials, Phelps competed in six events; the 200- and 400-meter individual medley, the 100- and 200-meter butterfly, the 200-meter freestyle, and the 200-meter backstroke. … Read More


2005 - 2006 4 More Events
At the 2007 World Aquatics Championships, Phelps won seven gold medals, tying the record for a global long-course championship held by Mark Spitz since the 1972 Summer Olympics, 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
2014 29 Years Old 1 More Event
In April 2014, Phelps announced he would come out of retirement, and would enter an event later that month.


After having been dropped from the team for the 2015 World Aquatics Championships for a DUI, Phelps instead competed in the US National Championships (long course) in San Antonio as his target meet of the summer. … Read More
…  At the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, his fifth Olympics, he won five golds and one silver.
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