Michael Phelps

American international swimmer, world record holder, Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps

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.
Michael Phelps's personal information overview.
30 June 1985
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Michael Phelps opens up about fighting depression
CBS News - about 1 month
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'The Daily Show' Gives Insta-Classic Lesson In How Not To Be A ‘Woke’ White Guy
Huffington Post - about 2 months
Also in the 2017 sports roundup: Michael Phelps raced a shark!
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Michael Phelps: A Golden Shoulder to Lean On
New York Times - 5 months
Phelps, who confronted mental health problems three years ago, has opened his home to Grant Hackett, a friend and fellow Olympian with similar troubles. Phelps has also lent an ear to Tiger Woods.
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Michael Phelps And His Wife Nicole Are Expecting Baby No. 2
Huffington Post - 6 months
Boomer's going to be a big brother!
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Discovery Responds To 'Phelps Vs. Shark' Backlash, Says Real Shark Was Never Promised
Huffington Post - 7 months
Viewers were furious when swimmer Michael Phelps raced a CGI shark, and not a real one, for a Shark Week special.
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Michael Phelps dives into the details about his race against a great white shark
ABC News - 7 months
Michael Phelps told GMA about the experience of racing a great white shark in open waters.
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Shark Week Gets Competitive With ‘Phelps vs. Shark’
NYTimes - 7 months
Discovery’s annual celebration of underwater predators pits the American swimmer Michael Phelps against a great white.
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Michael Phelps: 'I locked myself in my room for four days'
CNN - 8 months
For a man who glides so quickly and effortlessly through the water it seems perverse to think of Michael Phelps confining himself to one room for four straight days.
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Michael Phelps' latest challenge: 'Shark Week'
Yahoo News - 8 months
"Shark Week" has a new star attraction: Michael Phelps.
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Michael Phelps And Allison Schmitt Get Real About Going To Therapy
Huffington Post - 10 months
Olympic athletes Allison Schmitt and Michael Phelps know what it takes to win in the pool: Train hard, push yourself and listen to your coach.  But both swimmers say they also had another source of support that made all the difference ― a psychologist.  “Every time that I came out of that office, I felt so much better,” Phelps told HuffPost. “I was so much more relieved just talking...it didn’t matter what I was talking about. I was getting it out and I was communicating.”  Phelps and Schmitt were presented with special recognition awards at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s annual event to recognize National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day in Washington, D.C. on May 4. The pair have partnered with SAMSHA to encourage kids to view mental and behavioral health as a core component of their overall wellness. Schmitt says not asking for help when you are struggling with a mental health condition is akin to getting swallowed “in the rip t...
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Michael Phelps talks fatherhood, teaching son water safety
ABC News - 10 months
The Olympian and his wife are parents to nearly 1-year-old Boomer.
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Michael Phelps
  • 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.
    Their son, Boomer Robert Phelps, was born on May 5, 2016.
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    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.
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    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".
    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.
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    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.
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    At the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, his fifth Olympics, he won five golds and one silver.
  • 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.
    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.
    In each of these events he swam the fastest time in the world for 2015.
    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.
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  • 2014
    Age 28
    In May 2014, he won the 100-meter butterfly event at the Arena Grand Prix in Charlotte, North Carolina.
    In April 2014, Phelps announced he would come out of retirement, and would enter an event later that month.
  • 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.
    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.
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    After the 2012 Olympics, Phelps retired from swimming, stating: "I'm done.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    On July 28, 2012, Phelps placed eighth in the morning prelims for the 400-meter individual medley.
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    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.
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    For the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Phelps originally stated he would never do eight events again, and would instead try new events.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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    At the 2010 National Championships, Phelps competed in five individual events.
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  • 2009
    Age 23
    At the 2009 World Aquatics Championships, Phelps won a total of 6 medals, 5 golds and 1 silver.
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    At the 2009 National Championships, Phelps drastically shortened his program, swimming in only three individual events.
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  • 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.
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    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).
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    At the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials, Phelps competed in six individual events.
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  • 2007
    Age 21
    In 2007 Phelps swam into the all-time top 3 performances in seven individual events, four of these being world records.
    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.
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    This is illustrated by his personal best times set in 2007, four months after the World Championships.
    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.
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  • 2006
    Age 20
    At the 2006 Pan Pacific Swimming Championships in Victoria, British Columbia, Phelps won five gold medals and one silver.
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    At the 2006 National Championships, Phelps won a total of three events.
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  • 2005
    Age 19
    At the 2005 World Aquatics Championships, Phelps won a total of six medals, five golds and one silver.
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    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.
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  • 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.
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    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.
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  • 2003
    Age 17
    At the 2003 World Aquatics Championships, Phelps won four gold medals, two silver medals, and broke five world records.
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    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.
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  • 2002
    Age 16
    At the 2002 Pan Pacific Swimming Championships in Yokohama, Japan, Phelps won three gold medals and two silvers.
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    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.
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  • 2001
    Age 15
    By winning seven gold medals, Phelps broke the record of six set by Ian Thorpe at the 2001 World Championships.
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    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.
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  • 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.
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  • 1994
    Age 8
    His parents divorced in 1994, when he was nine years old, and his father remarried in 2000.
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  • 1985
    Born on June 30, 1985.
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