Michael Phelps
swimmer, Olympic Gold medalist
Michael Phelps
Michael Fred Phelps II is an American swimmer and the most decorated Olympian of all time with 21 medals. Phelps also holds the all-time records for gold medals (17), gold medals in individual events (11), 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.
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Michael Phelps's personal information overview.
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7 Science-Backed Hacks For Nailing Your Next Job Interview
Huffington Post - 4 days
For Glamour, by Jennifer Breheny Wallace. You've prepared a killer resume, written out your talking points, and even planned the perfect outfit. But experts say the key to really nailing a job interview is getting yourself in the right frame of mind both before and during the meeting. Just ask Susan Krauss Whitbourne, a professor of psychology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. According to Whitbourne, the best candidates go into these interviews with "a performance mind-set—one that's not too nervous but not too relaxed." Want to make sure you hit that interview sweet spot so your best, most-confident self shines through? Consider these seven research-based tips: 1. Visualize a successful interview. From Oprah Winfrey to Olympian Michael Phelps, top performers know how to use the power of visualization—where you envision the process of hitting your goal successfully—to improve their performance. Psychologists say that visualization works well for interviews too. Close y ...
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When Actors Go Bad
Huffington Post - about 2 months
I would pay $10 (Okay....$20!) to know the real inside dope why Dos Equis beer chose to replace the journeyman actor Jonathan Goldsmith as their "Most interesting man in the world" in those beer commercials. He was perfect for it. But perfect or not, they go and replace him. They go from a dignified, refined and articulate elderly gentleman to a guy (Augustin Legrand) who could pass for Michael Phelps' unsavory, drug-addicted older brother. Shame on you advertising people. You're not going to sell any beer if you keep pulling dumb stunts like that one. Admittedly, because I have always viewed acting as a genuine "art form" (maybe not quite up there with writing, painting, composing, but very close) I strongly objected to actors prostituting themselves by shilling for predatory corporate sponsors. In fact, I hated it. But ever since actors--even some extravagantly talented ones--made it clear that they see little difference between being paid to play "Hamlet" or Willie L ...
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9 people the internet made famous in 2016
Yahoo News - about 2 months
In 2016, the internet gave us dancing teenagers, sad grandparents, Star Wars masks, red crewneck sweaters and more white Vans than we could count. SEE ALSO: 5 of the biggest fake news stories from 2016 From Chewbacca Mom to Ken Bone, for better or for worse, this year gave us a fresh batch of internet celebrities to keep track of or, more likely, forget about until right now. 1. The "Damn, Daniel!" dudes Joshua Holz and Daniel Lara are the teens who made it impossible to wear white Vans without someone pointing to your shoes and shouting "Damn, Daniel!" Thanks to their video, posted to Twitter back in February, the pair ended up on Ellen DeGeneres's couch where Lara received a lifetime supply of white Vans sneakers, many of which he donated. Nowadays Holz and Lara are focused on their budding entertainment careers. As they told Cosmopolitan , Lara's interesting in modeling and theater, while Holz is more focused on video shooting and editing. They've still got plenty of time for homewo ...
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Michael Phelps Reveals He Actually Had 2 Weddings
ABC News - 2 months
The Olympic swimmer wed Nicole Johnson in June and October.
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Michael Phelps And Nicole Johnson's Wedding Video Is Pure Romance
Huffington Post - 2 months
On Oct. 29, Michael Phelps tied the knot with Nicole Johnson in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Two months later, we’re finally getting a glimpse at the couple’s stunning wedding video, shot by Taylor Chien. The pair officially got married back in June (before Phelps won his 23rd Olympic gold medal in Rio) in an intimate backyard ceremony in Tempe, Arizona with only five people present. Their destination wedding in Cabo ― with 50 guests, a mariachi band, an exquisite Julie Vino gown and party that went until 2:30 a.m. ―  was the real deal. “When we talk about our wedding, we mean our Cabo wedding in October with our parents, our siblings, our bridal party, and a few people who played an integral part of our relationship while we were together,” the former Miss California told Brides magazine. The couple’s now 7-month-old son Boomer acted as the ring bearer, donning a Burberry ensemble for the occasion while holding a little bag with the rings. “I think he kind of ...
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The Top Ten Lies Of 2016
Huffington Post - 2 months
TOP TEN LIES OF 2016 If you thought the deception epidemic of 2015 could not be topped then 2016 took you to school. The School for Liars, that is. Fake news became a thing. The Russians were accused of hacking both parties and supplying WikiLeaks with its best bumper crop ever. The FBI explained itself into a hole. Even Anthony Weiner made a return appearance. This year, from every sphere of human endeavor, we saw liars, we saw lying about lying, and we saw liars calling others liars. We'll be talking about 2016 for years to come: Welcome to the post-truth era. 10. A Red, White and Blue Hot Mess: Ryan Lochte gets held up by a lie. U.S. Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte, who spent his sports career being Michael Phelps' stalking horse, wanted the fame that had eluded him. He succeeded -- but he'll have to settle for being infamous rather than famous. As we all now know, Lochte and a few teammates went partying in Rio, stayed out late, got drunk, and ended up at a gas station wh ...
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Olympic swimmer wants to dive into post-retirement opportunities
CBS News - 3 months
Michael Phelps, the most decorated swimmer in history, says he would "love to get involved" in Silicon Valley as an entrepreneur
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PHOTOS: Michael Phelps Hits the Red Carpet With His Wife and Son
ABC News - 3 months
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Brad Smith On the Art of Selecting Photos for Sports Illustrated and the White House
Huffington Post - 3 months
Photograph used with permission from Brad Smith Brad Smith has had a fascinating career that spans over 30 years of editing photos. He has worked as Assistant Director of Photography and Photo Editor at the Bill Clinton White House and Sports Photo Editor at The New York Times. He has also served as Director of Photography for Sports at Time Inc., which included overseeing photos for Sports Illustrated. Brad has viewed hundreds of thousands of incredible and historic photographs and has decided which of those photographs the rest of the world would get to see as well. That is an awesome responsibility. I sat down with Brad in October during PhotoPlus Expo in New York to discuss his illustrious career. The interview that follows is the first in a series of interviews I will publish that explore the art and craft of editing photographs on the world stage. Ben Arnon: Describe your career for me? Brad Smith: It goes a little over 30 years. I started with a French news ...
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Michael Phelps Shares Photos From Secret Wedding
ABC News - 4 months
The Olympic swimmer shared photos from his June nuptials.
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Michael Phelps Talks for First Time About Marrying in Secret
ABC News - 4 months
The swimmer said: "Just because."
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Michael Phelps Is Married! Olympic Swimmer and Nicole Johnson Secretly Say "I Do" in Private Summer Wedding - E! Online
Google News - 4 months
E! Online Michael Phelps Is Married! Olympic Swimmer and Nicole Johnson Secretly Say "I Do" in Private Summer Wedding E! Online E! News can confirm the Team USA athlete married his fiancé Nicole Johnson all the way back on June 13 in Maricopa County, Ariz. The marriage license was issued June 9, 2016. According to TMZ, who first broke the news, the wedding was officiated by ... Michael Phelps secretly married months ago in Paradise Valley, Ariz.USA TODAY Surprise! Michael Phelps and Nicole Johnson Have Been Secretly Married for MonthsPEOPLE.com Michael Phelps Has Been Secretly Married to Nicole Johnson Since June! All the DetailsUs Weekly TMZ.com -AZCentral.com -International Business Times -PerezHilton.com all 40 news articles »
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Anti-Semitic Trolls Threaten To Take Twitter Down With Them
Huffington Post - 4 months
If being told to “get back in the oven” isn’t considered anti-Semitic abuse, what is? That’s the issue Twitter is grappling with in the wake of a new report that shows a “sharp uptick” in the anti-Semitic bullying of journalists. The Anti-Defamation League studied millions of tweets in the year before July 2016 and found that, as the election ramped up, anti-Semitic harassment of journalists significantly increased. The abuse was largely perpetuated by the same cluster of about 1,600 users who describe themselves as white supremacists or neo-Nazis. Attacks on journalists like ex-Breitbart editor Ben Shapiro and CNN anchor Jake Tapper include slurs, Holocaust references and sloppy Photoshop jobs of people’s faces on the bodies of concentration camp victims. The report is just the latest example of Twitter’s failure to crack down on cyberbullying ― a failure that could cost them deeply. The company may have missed out on several big buyers due to concerns over what amounts to ...
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Anti-Semitic Trolls Threaten To Take Twitter Down With Them
Huffington Post - 4 months
If being told to “get back in the oven” isn’t considered anti-Semitic abuse, what is? That’s the issue Twitter is grappling with in the wake of a new report that shows a “sharp uptick” in the anti-Semitic bullying of journalists. The Anti-Defamation League studied millions of tweets in the year before July 2016 and found that, as the election ramped up, anti-Semitic harassment of journalists significantly increased. The abuse was largely perpetuated by the same cluster of about 1,600 users who describe themselves as white supremacists or neo-Nazis. Attacks on journalists like ex-Breitbart editor Ben Shapiro and CNN anchor Jake Tapper include slurs, Holocaust references and sloppy Photoshop jobs of people’s faces on the bodies of concentration camp victims. The report is just the latest example of Twitter’s failure to crack down on cyberbullying ― a failure that could cost them deeply. The company may have missed out on several big buyers due to concerns over what amounts to ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Michael Phelps
    THIRTIES
  • 2016
    Age 30
    In his first event on August 7, the 4 × 100 m freestyle relay, he won his first gold medal of the 2016 Games and his 19th Olympic gold medal overall.
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    Their son, Boomer Robert Phelps, was born on May 5, 2016.
    More Details Hide Details Phelps idolized Australian swimmer Ian Thorpe as a teenager, modelling his public image after him. Thorpe initially said it was highly unlikely for Phelps to win eight gold medals at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. Phelps used the remarks as motivation, taping them to his locker during the Games. Thorpe was in the stands for the 4×100-meter medley relay, where Phelps was swimming for his eighth Olympic title. When Phelps and his teammates captured the gold, Thorpe gave a congratulatory kiss to Phelps's mother, then gave a handshake and a hug to congratulate Phelps. Thorpe afterwards said "I'm really proud of him not just because he won eight golds. Rather, it's how much he has grown up and matured into a great human being. Never in my life have I been so happy to have been proved wrong." In November 2004, at the age of 19, Phelps was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol in Salisbury, Maryland. He pleaded guilty to driving while impaired, and was sentenced to serve 18 months' probation, fined $250, ordered to speak to high school students about drinking and driving, and to attend a Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) meeting. Asked about the incident later by Matt Lauer on the Today Show, Phelps said that he had "let a lot of people in the country down."
    At the US trials in Omaha for the 2016 Summer Olympics, Phelps won the 200 m butterfly (1:54.84), the 200 m individual medley (1:55.91), and the 100 m butterfly (51.00 s) events.
    More Details Hide Details This made him the first American male swimmer, and the second American swimmer overall after Dara Torres, to qualify for a fifth Olympics. Phelps' 100 m freestyle time at the Trials were not impressive. However at a final training camp in Atlanta a week before heading to Rio, Phelps put out "the fourth-fastest flat-start time of the year" in a 100 free time trial, automatically securing one of the seven spots on the Men's 4 × 100 metre freestyle relay for the Olympics. Phelps was chosen as the American flag bearer at the opening ceremony, the first Olympic opening ceremony that he would attend. Phelps was also voted by the US Olympic swim team as one of six Team Captains for the US delegation to the Olympics. His relaxed sociable demeanor in the athletes' village and press conferences was a stark contrast to his isolation in previous Olympics. He was accompanied by fiancee Nicole Johnson and son Boomer.
    By the 2016 Olympic Trials, despite his age Phelps "felt physically stronger in the water, perhaps because of drills Bowman added to his pool workouts, like multiple repeats of 40 seconds of dolphin kicking while hugging a 10-pound weight to his chest".
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    Phelps began swimming at the age of seven, partly because of the influence of his sisters and partly to provide him with an outlet for his energy. After retirement in 2016, he stated "The only reason I ever got in the water was my mom wanted me to just learn how to swim.
    More Details Hide Details My sisters and myself fell in love with the sport, and we decided to swim." When Phelps was in the sixth grade, he was diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). By the age of 10, he held a national record for his age group (in the 100-meter butterfly) and began to train at the North Baltimore Aquatic Club under coach Bob Bowman. More age group records followed, and Phelps still holds 12 age group records (nine in long course and three in short course).
    Phelps was chosen to be a captain of the 2016 US Olympic team, and was also voted by his team to be the flag bearer of the United States at the 2016 Summer Olympics Parade of Nations.
    More Details Hide Details Phelps was born in Baltimore, Maryland, and raised in the Rodgers Forge neighborhood of nearby Towson. He attended Rodgers Forge Elementary, Dumbarton Middle School, and Towson High School. Phelps is the youngest of three children. His mother, Deborah Sue "Debbie" Phelps (née Davisson), is a middle school principal. His father, Michael Fred Phelps, is a retired Maryland State Trooper who played football in high school and college and tried out for the Washington Redskins in the 1970s. Phelps is of English, German, Irish, Scottish, and Welsh descent.
    At the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, his fifth Olympics, he won five golds and one silver.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 2015
    Age 29
    In December 2015 at the Winter Nationals in Federal Way, Phelps won titles in the same three events, again in long course, bringing his career total to 62 national titles.
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    In February 2015, Phelps announced he was engaged to former Miss California USA Nicole Johnson. They had met in 2007 at the ESPYs and temporarily broke up in 2012.
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    In each of these events he swam the fastest time in the world for 2015.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details He won gold medals in the 100-meter butterfly (50.45 s), 200-meter butterfly (1:52.94), and the 200-meter individual medley (1:54.75).
  • 2014
    Age 28
    In May 2014, he won the 100-meter butterfly event at the Arena Grand Prix in Charlotte, North Carolina.
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    In April 2014, Phelps announced he would come out of retirement, and would enter an event later that month.
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  • 2012
    Age 26
    The relationship between Le Clos and Phelps had been cordial back in 2012-13 but it deteriorated in 2014 when Phelps came back from retirement and suggested that the current butterfly times were slow.
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    The relationship between Phelps and coach Bob Bowman had deteriorated in the preparations for London 2012, so Phelps convinced a skeptical Bowman that he "wasn't training for history.
    More Details Hide Details He wasn't training for the medals. He wasn't even training for all the fans. This time Phelps wanted to swim for himself and enjoy the journey". Since his returning from retirement in 2014, Phelps "scaled back his calorie intake" and "increased his postswim ice baths".
    After the 2012 Olympics, Phelps retired from swimming, stating: "I'm done.
    More Details Hide Details I'm finished. I'm retired. I'm done. No more," and that "I just wanted to be done with swimming and didn't want anything to do with the sport anymore."
    By winning 4 gold and 2 silver medals, Phelps concluded the 2012 Olympics as the most successful swimmer of the meet for the third Olympics in a row.
    More Details Hide Details After his last event, the international swimming federation FINA honored Phelps with an award commemorating his standing as the most decorated Olympian ever.
    On August 2, 2012, Phelps won his 16th Olympic gold medal when he edged out Ryan Lochte to win the 200-meter individual medley with a time of 1:54.27, and by that victory also became the first male swimmer to win the same event in three consecutive Olympics.
    More Details Hide Details Rebecca Soni and Phelps (twice) are the only swimmers to successfully defend an individual title from the 2008 Games. This win also marked Phelps's fifth Olympic title in the individual medley, breaking the record of four shared by Hungarian Tamás Darnyi and Ukrainian Yana Klochkova. He repeated the achievement of winning the same event at three Olympics the following evening, winning the Olympic gold medal in the 100 m butterfly, his last individual event. After two very close victories in the 100 m butterfly at the 2004 and 2008 Olympics (by .04 and .01 sec, respectively), in this race Phelps beat Le Clos and Yevgeny Korotyshkin, who tied for silver, by .23 sec. Phelps's final event was the 4×100-meter medley relay in which he went on to win his 18th career gold medal and his 22nd overall.
    On July 31, 2012, Phelps won a silver medal in the 200-meter butterfly behind South African Chad le Clos by 5/100ths of a second, and a gold medal in the 4×200-meter freestyle relay, thereby equaling and then surpassing Larisa Latynina to become the all-time record holder for most Olympic medals won.
    More Details Hide Details Latynina was present at the race and asked to be the presenter of Phelps's medal, but was told that Olympic rules would not allow it. She called Phelps deserving of the record.
    On July 28, 2012, Phelps placed eighth in the morning prelims for the 400-meter individual medley.
    More Details Hide Details Phelps, the two-time defending Olympic champion, won his heat in 4 minutes, 13.33 seconds with a time that was well off his world record of 4:03.84 set four years ago in Beijing, when Phelps won a record eight gold medals. He out-touched László Cseh by .07 seconds in his heat to qualify last for the final, locking out Cseh. In his first finals of the Summer Olympics, Phelps placed fourth behind fellow American Ryan Lochte, Thiago Pereira of Brazil, and Kosuke Hagino of Japan in the 400-meter individual medley. It was the first time Phelps failed to medal in an Olympic event since 2000. The next night, in his second event of the Games, he got a silver as a member of the 4×100-meter free relay. Phelps swam the fastest leg of the US relay team and the second-fastest of anyone in the race.
    However, at the 2012 United States Olympic Trials, the qualifying meet for the 2012 Summer Olympics, Phelps qualified in the same eight events that he swam in Beijing in 2008.
    More Details Hide Details He later dropped the 200-meter freestyle from his program, as he stated he wanted to focus on the 4×100-meter freestyle relay. During the trials, Phelps finished first in the 200-meter freestyle, 100-meter butterfly, 200-meter butterfly, 200-meter individual medley, and second in the 400-meter individual medley. In making his fourth Olympic team, Phelps holds the record for men for the most Olympic appearances in swimming representing the United States.
    For the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Phelps originally stated he would never do eight events again, and would instead try new events.
    More Details Hide Details Phelps said, "I keep saying I want to go down and start sprinting, but Bob Phelps's coach really isn't so keen on that... I don't think that's going to happen... Over the next four years, I'd like to try some different events, maybe not do some of the events I did here."
  • 2011
    Age 25
    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.
    More Details Hide Details This was Phelps's first bronze in a World Aquatics Championships. Phelps swam the lead-off leg in 48.08, the second-best lead-off in the field behind James Magnussen's 47.49. In his second event, the 200-meter freestyle, Phelps won silver for the second consecutive time at a World Aquatics Championships. This time he finished second to Ryan Lochte in the event with a time of 1:44.79, compared to Lochte's time of 1:44.44. In his third final, the 200-meter butterfly, he won his first gold medal with a time of 1:53.34 to become the first swimmer to win five gold medals in one discipline at the World Aquatics Championships. In his fourth event, the 200-meter individual medley, Phelps again finished second to Lochte in a personal best of 1:54.16, which was .16 behind Lochte who swam a new world record. It was Phelps's 30th medal in the World Aquatics Championships. Shortly after completing the semi-finals of the 100-meter butterfly, Phelps competed in the 4×200-meter freestyle relay with Peter Vanderkaay, Ricky Berens, and Ryan Lochte. Phelps's team won the gold medal in a time of 7:02.67. Phelps swam the lead-off leg in 1:45.53, the third-best leg in the field. In the 100-meter butterfly, Phelps won his third consecutive title (also winning in 2007 and 2009) and second individual title of the meet with a time of 50.71.
  • 2010
    Age 24
    On the first day of competition at the 2010 Pan Pacific Swimming Championships, Phelps opted out swimming in the final of the 200-meter freestyle to focus on the 200-meter butterfly.
    More Details Hide Details In the 200-meter butterfly, Phelps led from start to finish, coming in first with a time of 1:54.11. Although it was much slower than his 1:51.51 time from the previous year, Phelps had not lost a 200-meter butterfly final since 2002. On day two of the competition, Phelps swam in the heats of the 400-meter individual medley and contributed in the 4×200-meter freestyle relay. In the heats of the 400-meter individual medley, Phelps failed to make the A final, with Lochte and Tyler Clary taking the top two American positions. Phelps did not swim in the B final of the 400-meter individual medley. In the 4×200-meter freestyle relay, Phelps, with Peter Vanderkaay, Ricky Berens, and Lochte, finished first ahead of Japan and Australia. On day three of the competition, Phelps competed in the 100-meter butterfly and contributed in the 4×100-meter freestyle relay. In the 100-meter butterfly, Phelps finished first in a time of 50.86, a championship record. In the 4×100-meter freestyle relay, Phelps, with Lochte, Jason Lezak, and Nathan Adrian, finished first ahead of Australia and South Africa. As the lead-off leg in the 4×100-meter freestyle relay, Phelps set the championship record in the 100-meter freestyle with a time of 48.13. In his final event, Phelps swam in the 4×100-meter medley relay with Aaron Peirsol, Mark Gangloff, and Adrian and finished first ahead of Japan and Australia.
    At the 2010 National Championships, Phelps competed in five individual events.
    More Details Hide Details In the 200-meter freestyle, Phelps won ahead of Ryan Lochte in a time of 1:45.61. About an hour later, Phelps returned to the pool to win the 200-meter butterfly. But Phelps was not happy with his performance and called it the "worst" 200-meter butterfly of his life. In the 100-meter butterfly, Phelps won his 50th national title in 50.65. After the race, Phelps said he was "fairly pleased" with the result. In the 200-meter individual medley, Phelps finished second to Lochte 1:55.94 to 1:54.84. It was the first time Lochte had beat Phelps in a major national meet. In the 200-meter backstroke, Phelps finished in 4th place in 1:56.98.
  • 2009
    Age 23
    At the 2009 World Aquatics Championships, Phelps won a total of 6 medals, 5 golds and 1 silver.
    More Details Hide Details In his first event, the 4×100-meter freestyle relay, Phelps swam the lead-off leg in 47.78, well off his 47.51 performance in Beijing, but the American team was able to edge out Russia and France for the gold. For his second race, the 200-meter freestyle, Phelps lost his first race in four years to Germany's Paul Biedermann. Phelps touched second in 1:43.22, but Biedermann smashed Phelps's record of 1:42.96 set in Beijing a year ago with a time of 1:42.00. Phelps took the silver graciously, but coach Bob Bowman threatened to withdraw Phelps from international competition because Bowman claimed Biedermann had an unfair advantage because he was wearing a full polyurethane swimsuit, specifically an Arena X-Glide. Bowman said, "It took me five years to get Michael from 1:46 to 1:42 and this guy has done it in 11 months. That's an amazing training performance. I'd like to know how to do that." Phelps rebounded from this loss and for his third race, the 200-meter butterfly, Phelps won the gold and broke his own world record of 1:52.03 with a time of 1:51.51. For his fourth race, the 4×200-meter freestyle relay, Phelps swam the lead-off leg in 1:44.49 as the team went on to win the gold medal and break the world record set the previous year. After his loss in the 200-meter freestyle, many thought Phelps was vulnerable coming into the final for the 100-meter butterfly.
    At the 2009 National Championships, Phelps drastically shortened his program, swimming in only three individual events.
    More Details Hide Details In his first event, the 200-meter freestyle, Phelps won with a time of 1:44.23. In his second event, the 200-meter butterfly, Phelps easily won with a time of 1:52.76, .88 seconds ahead of the second-place finisher. In his third event, the 100-meter butterfly, Phelps won with a world-record time of 50.22.
  • 2008
    Age 22
    Unlike all six of his previous events in the 2008 Games, Phelps did not set a new world record, leaving intact Ian Crocker's world-record time of 50.40 seconds, set in 2005.
    More Details Hide Details Phelps's .01-second finish ahead of Čavić prompted the Serbian delegation to file a protest. Subsequent analysis of the video by the FINA panel, which required analyzing frames shot 1/10,000th of a second apart, was used to officially confirm Phelps's victory, but the images were not immediately released to the press. The initial refusal by official timekeeper Omega to release underwater photos of the finish also raised questions due to Phelps's sponsorship relationship with Omega. Čavić later wrote in his blog, "People, this is the greatest moment of my life. If you ask me, it should be accepted and we should move on. I've accepted defeat, and there's nothing wrong with losing to the greatest swimmer there has ever been." Phelps's seventh gold medal of the Games tied Mark Spitz's record for gold medals won in a single Olympic Games, set in the 1972 Olympics. It was also his fifth individual gold medal in Beijing, tying the record for individual gold medals at a single Games originally set by Eric Heiden in the 1980 Winter Olympics and equaled by Vitaly Scherbo at the 1992 Summer Games. Said Phelps upon setting his seventh-straight Olympic record of the Games in as many events, "Dream as big as you can dream, and anything is possible... I am sort of in a dream world. Sometimes I have to pinch myself to make sure it is real."
    Phelps swam the first leg of the 4×100-meter freestyle relay in a time of 47.51 seconds (an American record for the 100-meter freestyle), and won his second gold medal of the 2008 Olympics, as well as setting his second world record of the Olympics (3:08.24).
    More Details Hide Details Teammate Jason Lezak, after beginning the anchor leg more than half a body length behind Alain Bernard, managed to finish ahead of the favored French swimmer by eight hundredths of a second. The top five teams in the final finished ahead of the world record of 3:12.23 set the previous day by the American B team in a preliminary heat. Phelps remarked that Bernard's pre-race comments of "smashing the Americans" had "fired me up more than anything else." Le Nouvel Observateur noted "Phelps taking the time to applaud and console Bernard" and wrote that this sportsmanship was "proof that the person who swims in the wake of Mark Spitz is also a great gentleman." For his third race, Phelps broke his previous world record in the 200-meter freestyle by nearly a second and won his third gold medal. He also set his third world record at the Olympics, 1:42.96, winning by nearly two seconds over silver medalist Park Tae-hwan. In this race, Phelps became the fifth Olympic athlete in modern history to win nine gold medals, joining Mark Spitz, Larisa Latynina, Paavo Nurmi, and Carl Lewis. The next day, Phelps participated in two finals. In his first event, the 200-meter butterfly, Phelps made it four gold medals and world records in four events by swimming the final in 1:52.03, defeating silver medalist László Cseh by almost seven-tenths of a second despite his goggles' having filled up with water and being unable to "see anything for the last 100 meters.
    At the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials, Phelps competed in six individual events.
    More Details Hide Details In his first event, the 400-meter individual medley, Phelps broke his own world record of 4:06.22 with a time of 4:05.25. In his second event, the 200-meter freestyle, Phelps won with a time of 1:44.10, ahead of Peter Vanderkaay's time 1:45.85. In his third event, the 100-meter freestyle, Phelps placed second in his heat with a time of 47.92, ensuring him a spot on the relay. In his fourth event, the 200-meter butterfly, Phelps won with a time of 1:52.20. In his fifth event, the 200-meter individual medley, Phelps broke his own world record of 1:54.98 with a time of 1:54.80. In his sixth and final event, the 100-meter butterfly, Phelps won with a time of 50.89. When asked about his chances of winning eight gold medals in Beijing, Phelps said, "I am going to prepare for that meet just like I do every other meet... There is only so much I can do in a month and then I am going to prepare myself the best that I can."
  • 2007
    Age 21
    In 2007 Phelps swam into the all-time top 3 performances in seven individual events, four of these being world records.
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    At the US Nationals in Indianapolis on August 1, 2007, Phelps swam a 1:54.65 in the 200-meter backstroke, which was the third fastest of all time in the event, .33 of a second off the world record of 1:54.32 held by Ryan Lochte.
    More Details Hide Details Two days later Phelps swam a time of 53.01 sec in the 100-meter backstroke, .03 of a second short of the world record of 52.98 held by Aaron Peirsol and the second-fastest performance of all time.
    This is illustrated by his personal best times set in 2007, four months after the World Championships.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details Phelps first gold medal came in the 4×100-meter freestyle.
  • 2006
    Age 20
    At the 2006 Pan Pacific Swimming Championships in Victoria, British Columbia, Phelps won five gold medals and one silver.
    More Details Hide Details In his first event, the 200-meter butterfly, Phelps won in a world record time of 1:53.80, his first world record in two years. In his second event, the 400-meter individual medley, Phelps easily won with a time of 4:10.47, 3.38 seconds ahead of second-place finisher Robert Margalis. In his third event, the 4×200-meter freestyle relay, Phelps, along with Ryan Lochte, Peter Vanderkaay, and Klete Keller, won the gold medal with a time of 7:05.28. In his fourth event, the 200-meter backstroke, Phelps won the silver medal, finishing behind Aaron Peirsol 1:56.81 to 1:54.44 (a new world record). In his fifth event, the 4×100-meter freestyle relay, Phelps, along with Neil Walker, Cullen Jones, and Jason Lezak, won the gold medal with a world-record time 3:12.46. In his sixth event, the 200-meter individual medley, Phelps won with a world record time of 1:55.84, breaking his record of 1:55.94 set in 2003.
    At the 2006 National Championships, Phelps won a total of three events.
    More Details Hide Details In his first event, the 200-meter butterfly, Phelps won with a championship record of 1:54.32. In his second event, the 100-meter butterfly, Phelps just edged out Ian Crocker 51.51 (another championship record) to 51.73. In his third event, the 200-meter individual medley, Phelps won with a time of 1:56.50, just ahead of Ryan Lochte's time of 1:56.78.
  • TEENAGE
  • 2005
    Age 19
    At the 2005 World Aquatics Championships, Phelps won a total of six medals, five golds and one silver.
    More Details Hide Details In the 400-meter freestyle, Phelps did not make it past the preliminary heats and finished 18th overall with a time of 3:50.53. Later that day, in the 4×100-meter freestyle relay, Phelps won his first gold in the Championships. Two days later, on July 26, Phelps won his second gold in the 200-meter freestyle with a new American record time of 1:45.20, finishing ahead of Grant Hackett. Two days later, on July 28, Phelps finished seventh in the 100-meter freestyle final. Later that day, Phelps won his third gold in the 200-meter individual medley. On July 29, Phelps, along with Ryan Lochte, Peter Vanderkaay and Klete Keller, won the gold in the 4×200-meter freestyle relay with a time of 7:06.58. This was the fourth gold medal for Phelps. On July 30, Phelps swam in his last individual event, the 100-meter butterfly. In the final, Phelps could not match the speed of Ian Crocker and had to settle for silver, finishing 51.65 to 50.40, a new world record for Crocker. On July 31, Phelps earned his final gold medal when the United States team won the 4×100-meter medley relay. Phelps did not swim in the finals but still earned a medal because he swam in the heats.
    At the 2005 World Championship Trials, Phelps decided to drop his specialty events, the 400-meter individual medley and the 200-meter butterfly, and experiment with the 400-meter freestyle and the 100-meter freestyle.
    More Details Hide Details Phelps went on to win the 400-meter freestyle, the 200-meter freestyle, the 100-meter butterfly, the 100-meter freestyle, and the 200-meter individual medley at the Trials.
  • 2004
    Age 18
    At age 31, the victory made him not only the oldest male champion, but also the oldest individual champion in Olympic swimming history, beating the records set by Duke Kahanamoku in 1920, and Inge de Bruijn in 2004 respectively.
    More Details Hide Details Phelps also became the first swimmer to win individual gold medals 12 years apart. Both these records were broken by Anthony Ervin three days later. Also on August 9, Phelps won his 21st gold medal in the 4 × 200 m freestyle relay together with Conor Dwyer, Townley Haas, and Ryan Lochte. For Phelps and Lochte, this was their 4th consecutive gold medal in this event, an all-time record in swimming for any event. On August 11, Phelps won his 22nd gold medal in the 200 m individual medley. He beat Kosuke Hagino, the 400 m individual medley champion, by 1.95 seconds. This was Phelps's 4th consecutive gold medal in the event as well as his 4th in the Games. He became the first swimmer to win the same individual event four times, surpassing the previous record of three held by Dawn Fraser and Krisztina Egerszegi. He also became the third Olympian to win the same individual event four times, after athletes Al Oerter and Carl Lewis. With that 13th individual gold medal, Phelps broke a 2,168-year-old ancient Olympic record, set by Leonidas of Rhodes, who had held the most Olympic individual titles of all time, with twelve.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details In his first event, the 400-meter individual medley, Phelps easily won with a world record time of 4:08.41. Two days later, in the 200-meter freestyle, Phelps won with a time of 1:46.27, finishing sixth-tenths of a second ahead of Klete Keller. Phelps, however, was not pleased with the result and wanted to be in the 1:45s and was uncertain if he would swim the event in Athens. The following day, Phelps won in the 200-meter butterfly with a time of 1:54.31, three seconds ahead of second-place finisher Tom Malchow. After two days off, Phelps was back in the pool and finished second to Aaron Peirsol (who broke the world record) in the 200-meter backstroke. Less than half an hour later, Phelps won the 200-meter individual medley title ahead of Ryan Lochte by 2.70 seconds. The following day, Phelps finished second to Ian Crocker in the 100-meter butterfly. Crocker won in a time of 50.76, a world record and .39 seconds ahead of Phelps. When the Trials were over, Phelps became the first person to qualify in six individual events for a U.S. Olympic team. However, Phelps dropped the 200-meter backstroke to focus on the 200-meter freestyle because he wanted to race Ian Thorpe. Even though Phelps didn't compete in the 100-meter freestyle at the Trials, he was still selected for the 4×100-meter freestyle relay.
  • 2003
    Age 17
    At the 2003 World Aquatics Championships, Phelps won four gold medals, two silver medals, and broke five world records.
    More Details Hide Details Phelps broke his first world record on July 22 in the semi-finals for the 200-meter butterfly. Phelps swam a 1:53.93 to break his own world record of 1:54.58 set in 2001 and became the first man to swim under 1:54.00. In the final of the 200-meter butterfly, on July 23, Phelps easily won the gold medal, but did not come close to his world record with a time of 1:54.35. Less than an hour later, Phelps swam the lead-off leg for the 4×200-meter freestyle relay. Phelps put up a solid time of 1:46.60 (an American record) but the Americans could not match the depth of the Australians and ultimately finished second 7:10.26 to 7:08.58. In the 200-meter individual medley, Phelps dominated. On July 24, in the semi-finals of the 200-meter individual medley, he broke his own world record with a time of 1:57.52. On July 25, in the final of the 200-meter individual medley, Phelps smashed his own record with a time of 1:56.04 to win the gold medal and finished almost 3 seconds ahead of Ian Thorpe. About an hour before the final of the 200-meter individual medley, Phelps swam in the semi-finals of the 100-meter butterfly. Phelps dominated again, finishing in the top seed position with a world record time of 51.47. However, in the final of the 100-meter butterfly, on July 26, Ian Crocker erased Phelps's world record with a time of 50.98, to become the first man under 51 seconds.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details At a meet in Santa Clara County, California, Phelps broke the world record in the 200-meter individual medley with a time of 1:57.94. Phelps said he broke the 200-meter individual medley world record after Don Talbot said Phelps was unproven, using his words as motivation.
  • 2002
    Age 16
    At the 2002 Pan Pacific Swimming Championships in Yokohama, Japan, Phelps won three gold medals and two silvers.
    More Details Hide Details In his first event, the 400-meter individual medley, Phelps won gold ahead of Erik Vendt with a time of 4:12.48. In the 200-meter butterfly, Phelps lost to Tom Malchow, finishing behind him 1:55.41 to 1:55.21. Phelps said he lost because he did not take butterfly training seriously after he broke the world record. In the 200-meter individual medley, Phelps won with a time of 1:59.70. In the 4×200-meter freestyle relay, Phelps, along with Nate Dusing, Klete Keller, and Chad Carvin, won the silver medal with a time 7:11.81 finishing behind Australia. The U.S. 4×100-meter medley relay team consisted of Aaron Peirsol, Brendan Hansen, Phelps, and Ian Crocker. In the final for the medley relay, Phelps swam a 51.1 split, at the time the fastest split in history. The final time of 3:33.48 was a world record.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details In the 400-meter individual medley, Phelps bettered the world record held by Tom Dolan with a time of 4:11.09, just ahead of Erik Vendt, who finished second with a time of 4:11.27, also below the old world record. In the 200-meter freestyle, Phelps was barely beaten by Klete Keller and in the 100-meter butterfly, Phelps beat Ian Crocker.
  • 2001
    Age 15
    By winning seven gold medals, Phelps broke the record of six set by Ian Thorpe at the 2001 World Championships.
    More Details Hide Details The 4×100-meter medley relay team would have competed in the final, but received a disqualification for a false start during a changeover in the heats, ending Phelps's chance of eight gold medals. Even though Phelps competed in the backstroke in international competition only once (at the 2006 Pan Pacific Championships), he was among the best backstroke swimmers in the world.
    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 male ever to set a swimming world record.
    More Details Hide Details Previously this was Ian Thorpe, who lowered the 400-meter freestyle world record at 16 years, 10 months. At the World Championships in Fukuoka, Japan, Phelps broke his own world record in the 200-meter butterfly en route to becoming a world champion for the first time.
  • 2000
    Age 14
    Phelps' 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.
    More Details Hide Details While he did not win a medal, he did make the finals and finished fifth in the 200-meter butterfly.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1994
    Age 8
    His parents divorced in 1994, when he was nine years old, and his father remarried in 2000.
    More Details Hide Details He graduated from Towson High School in 2003.
  • 1985
    Born
    Born on June 30, 1985.
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