Michael Phelps

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Michael Phelps (born Baltimore, MD, June 30, 1985) is the world record holding Olympic swimming champion from the United States. Phelps won 8 olympic gold medals and broke 7 world records at the Olympics in Beijing, China. Phelps eclipsed Mark Spitz's seven-gold performance at the 1972 Munich Games. [1] Phelps won eight Olympic medals (6 Gold, 2 Silver) at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece. Phelps set four individual world records and won seven gold medals at the 2007 World Championships to become the most successful athlete in World Championship history. By winning 6 medals (4 gold, 2 silver) in the 2012 Olympics, Phelps became the individual with the most medals won in Olympic events, with 22 (18 gold, 2 silver, 2 bronze), although this is only partly due to his greatness and dedication, and partly due to the disproportionate number of medals awarded for often only marginally different swimming events. He has announced that he will retire after the 2012 Olympics in London. [2]

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2000 Sydney Olympics

When he was only 15 years old, Michael Phelps competed at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, placing fifth in the 200m butterfly.

2008 Beijing Olympics

Phelps won 8 olympic gold medals and broke 7 world records and 1 olympic record at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China.

Event Date Medal Individual Time Splits
Position and Time
Relay Time
Record
Men's 400m Individual Medley [3] Aug 10, 2008
Gold
4:03.84 (WR)
Men's 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay [4] Aug 11, 2008
Gold
47.51 (2) 47.51 3:08.24 (WR)
Men's 200m Freestyle [5] Aug 12, 2008
Gold
1:42.96 (WR)
Men's 200m Butterfly [6] Aug 13, 2008
Gold
1:52.03 (WR)
Men's 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay [7] Aug 13, 2008
Gold
1:43.31 (1) 1:43.31 6:58.56 (WR)
Men's 200m Individual Medley [8] Aug 15, 2008
Gold
1:54.23 (WR)
Men's 100m Butterfly [9] Aug 16, 2008
Gold
50.58 (OR)
Men's 4 x 100m Medley Relay [10] Aug 17, 2008
Gold
50.15 (1) 2:42.58 3:29.34 (WR)

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References

  1. Michael Phelps Wins Record-Breaking 8th Gold Medal at Beijing Games, Associated Press, Fox News Channel, August 17, 2008
  2. [http://swimming.teamusa.org/athlete/athlete/900 USA Swimming - Athletes - Michael Phelps], TeamUSA.org
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