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michael phelps early life u.sbest

Bob Bowman described Phelps as "a solitary man with a "rigid focusat the pool prior to a race, but afterwards "a man incredibly invested in the success of the people he cares abouHe's unbelievably kind-hearted recounting Phelps's interaction with young children after practices
In November 2004, at the age of 19, Phelps was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol in Salisbury, Marylan He pleaded guilty to driving while impaired the following month and was granted probation before judgment and ordered to serve 18 months' probation, fined $250, obligated to speak to high school students about drinking and driving and had to attend a Mothers Against Drunk Driving MADD meeting Questioned about the incident later that month by Matt Lauer on the Today Show, Phelps said it was an "isolated incident" and that he had "definitely let myself down and my family down ... I think I let a lot of people in the country down
In early 2009, Phelps admitted to "behavior which was regrettable and demonstrated bad judgment" following the publication of a photo by the British tabloid, The News of the World, showing him using a bong, a device used for smoking marijuana. Following an investigation, the Richland County Sheriff's Department announced on February 16 that Phelps would not be prosecuted in connection with the incident because there was not enough evidenceUSA Swimming suspended Phelps from swimming competitively for three months, and Kellogg's announced that it would not renew his endorsement contrac
Relationship with Ian Thorpe
Phelps idolized Australian Ian Thorpe as a teenager, modelling his public image after himThorpe initially said it was highly unlikely for Phelps to win eight gold medals at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.His remarks were used by Phelps, who stuck them on his locker as motivation during the GameThorpe was in the stands for the men's 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' 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. I enjoyed every moment of it.He added, "I just couldn't envision it happening. And I didn't think he would get all eight, not because Michael couldn't win, but because of the competition. It's been a very tough week to get through. I couldn't do it. You couldn't imagine much closer races. The 4×100 free goes down as one of the all-time great race
After the 2008 Olympics, Phelps used his $1 million Speedo bonus to set up the Michael Phelps Foundation His foundation focuses on growing the sport of swimming and promoting healthier lifestyle
Honors and awards
Phelps was a USA Olympic Team Member in 2000, 2004, and 2008, and holds the records for most Olympic gold-medalsmost such medals in individual events and most such medals at a single games 8, in Beijing 2008street in his hometown of Baltimore was re-named The Michael Phelps Way in 2004 He has also received the following awards:
World Swimmer of the Year Award: 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009
American Swimmer of the Year Award: 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009
Golden Goggle Male Performance of the Year: 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008
Golden Goggle Relay Performance of the Year: 2006, 2007, 2008
Golden Goggle Male Athlete of the Year: 2004, 2007, 2008
USOC SportsMan of the Year Award: 2004, 2008
James E. Sullivan Award: 2003
Laureus World Sports Sportsman of the Year Awar 2005, 2008, 2009
Sports Illustrated Sportsmen of the Year: 2008
World records
With 39 world record 29 individual, 10 relay as of December 19, 2009, Phelps has set more records than any other swimmer, surpassing Mark Spitz's previous record of 33 world records individual, 7 relay All but two of the records were set in a long course 50 meter pool; records that currently stand are indicated in bold. Currently, he holds seven world records.
No Distanc Event Location Date Ref
1 200 m Butterfly 1:54.92 Austin, Texas, US March 30, 2001
2 200 m Butterfly1:54.58 Fukuoka, Japan July 24, 2001
3 400 m Individual medley 4:11.09 Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, US August 15, 2002
4 4×100 m Medley relay3:33.48 Yokohama, Japan August 29, 2002
5 400 m Individual medley 4:10.73 Indianapolis, Indiana, US April 6, 2003
6 200 m Individual medley 1:57.94 Santa Clara, California, US June 29, 2003
7 200 m Butterfly1:53.93 Barcelona, Spain July 22, 2003
8 200 m Individual medley 1:57.52 Barcelona, Spain July 24, 2003
9 100 m Butterfly 0:51.47 Barcelona, Spain July 25, 2003
10 200 m Individual medley1:56.04 Barcelona, Spain July 25, 2003
11 400 m Individual medley 4:09.09 Barcelona, Spain July 27, 2
12 200 m Individual medley :55.94 College Park, Maryland, US August 9, 2003
13 400 m Individual medley 4:08.41 Long Beach, California, US July 7, 2004
14 400 m Individual medley 4:08.26 Athens, Greece August 14, 2004
15 200 m Butterfly 1:53.80 Victoria, British Columbia, Canada August 17, 2006
16 4×100 m Freestyle rela 3:12.46 Victoria, British Columbia, Canada August 19, 2006
17 200 m Individual medley 1:55.84 Victoria, British Columbia, Canada August 20, 2006
18 200 m Butterfly 1:53.71 Columbia, Missouri, US February 17, 2007
19 200 m Freestyle 1:43.86 Melbourne, Victoria, Australia March 27, 2007
20 200 m Butterfly :52.09 Melbourne, Victoria, Australia March 28, 2007
21 200 m Individual medley 1:54.98 Melbourne, Victoria, Australia March 29, 2007
22 4×200 m Freestyle relay7:03.24 Melbourne, Victoria, Australia March 30, 2007
23 400 m Individual medley 4:06.22 Melbourne, Victoria, Australia April 1, 2007
24 400 m Individual medley 4:05.25 Omaha, Nebraska, US June 29, 2008
25 200 m Individual medley 1:54.80 Omaha, Nebraska, US July 4, 2008
26 400 m Individual medley 4:03.84 Beijing, China August 10, 20
27 4×100 m Freestyle relay 3:08.24 Beijing, China August 11, 2008
28 200 m Freestyle 1:42.96 Beijing, China August 12, 2008
29 200 m Butterfly 1:52.03 Beijing, China August 13, 2008
30 4×200 m Freestyle relay 6:58.56 Beijing, China August 13, 2008
31 200 m Individual medley 1:54.23 Beijing, China August 15, 2008
32 4×100 m Medley relay 3:29.34 Beijing, China August 17, 2008
33 100 m Butterfly :50.22 Indianapolis, Indiana, US July 9, 2009
34 200 m Butterfly 1:51.51 Rome, Italy July 29, 2
35 4×200 m Freestyle relay 6:58.55 Rome, Italy July 31, 2009
36 100 m Butterfly 0:49.82 Rome, Italy August 1, 2009
37 4×100 m Medley relay 3:27.28 Rome, Italy August 2, 2009
38 4×100 m Medley relay 3:20.71 Manchester, United Kingdom December 18, 2009
39 4×100 m Freestyle relay .30 Manchester, United Kingdom December 19, 2009 2A few physical attributes particularly suit Phelps to swimming: his long, thin torso offers low drag; his arms span 6 feet 7 inches 201 cm disproportionate to his height of 6 feet 4 inches 193 cm and act as long, propulsive "paddles"; his relatively short legs lower drag, and perhaps add the speed enhancement of a hydrofoil; his size 14 feet provide the effect of flippers; and his hypermobile ankles he can extend beyond the pointe of a ballet dancer, enabling him to whip his feet as if they were fins for maximum thrust through the water
Allegations of performance enhancing drug use
Throughout the 2008 Olympics, Phelps was questioned by the press if perhaps his feats were "too good to be true", a reference to unsupported rumors that Phelps may be taking performance enhancing drugs.In response, Phelps noted that he had signed up for Project Believe, a project by the United States Anti-Doping Agency in which U.S. Olympians can volunteer to be tested in excess of the World Anti-Doping Agency guidelines. During the Games, Phelps was tested nine times, and passed all of them
Bob Bowman
Phelps has trained under Bob Bowman since he was 11 years olBowman swam for Florida State University from 1983 to 1985. Phelps has said Bowman reminded him of a drill sergeant because of his disciplined and regimented waysHowever, Phelps has said, "Training with Bob is the smartest thing I've ever done ... I'm not going to swim for anyone else.After the 2004 Summer Olympics, Bowman was hired as the head coach for the University of Michigan after Jon Urbanchek retired. Phelps joined Bowman at Michigan to train and even took a few classes but did not pursue a degree.After the 2008 Summer Olympics, Bowman returned to Baltimore as CEO at the North Baltimore Aquatic Club. Phelps also returned to Baltimore with Bowman.[t the 2010 National Championships, Phelps competed in five individual events. In the 200 m freestyle, Phelps won ahead of Ryan Lochte in a time of 1:45.61About an hour later, Phelps returned to the pool to win the 200 m butterfly But Phelps was not happy with his performance and called it the "worst" 200 m butterfly of his life. In the 100 m butterfly, Phelps won his 50th national title in 50.65After the race, Phelps said he was "fairly pleased" with the result.In the 200 m individual medley, Phelps finished second to Lochte 1:55.94 to 1:54.84It was the first time Lochte beat Phelps in a major national meet. In the 200 m backstroke, Phelps finished in 4th place in 1:56.98.
On the first day of competition at the 2010 Pan Pacific Swimming Championships, Phelps opt out swimming in the final of the 200 m freestyle to focus on the 200 m butterfly. In the 200 m butterfly, Phelps led from start-to-finish and finished first with a time of 1:54.11. Although it was much slower than his 1:51.51 time from last year, Phelps has not lost a 200 m butterfly final since 2002 On day two of the competition, Phelps swam in the heats of the 400 m individual medley and contributed in the 4×200 m freestyle relay. In the heats of the 400 m 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 m individual medley. In the 4×200 m freestyle relay, Phelps, with Peter Vanderkaay, Ricky Berens, and Lochte finished first ahead of Japan and AustraliOn day three of the competition, Phelps competed in the 100 m butterfly and contributed in the 4×100 m freestyle relay. In the 100 m butterfly, Phelps finished first in a time of 50.86, a championship recor In the 4×100 m 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 m freestyle relay, Phelps set the championship record in the 100 m freestyle with a time of 48.13In his final event, Phelps swam in the 4×100 m medley relay with Aaron Peirsol, Mark Gangloff, and Adrian and finished first ahead of Japan and Australia
2012 Summer Olympics
Phelps has said he will compete at the 2012 Summer Olympics but it would likely be his last OlympicsFor the 2012 Olympics, Phelps has stated he will never do eight events again and will try new events. Phelps has said he will for sure drop the 400 m individual medley from his program but his other events are in question. Phelps said, "I keep saying I want to go down and start sprinting, but Bob 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.he 2009 World Aquatics Championships, Phelps won a total of 6 medals, 5 golds and 1 silver. In his first event, the 4×100 m 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 m 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' 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 swim suit, 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 m butterfly, Phelps won the gold and broke his own world record of 1:52.03 with a time of 1:51.51For his fourth race, the 4×200 m 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 last yearAfter his loss in the 200 m freestyle, many thought Phelps was vulnerable coming into the final for the 100 m butterfly.His closest competitor, Milorad Čavić, who wore an Arena X-Glide (the same suit Biedermann beat Phelps with), thought people were making excuses for Phelps because he was wearing an LZR Racer. Čavić even offered to buy Phelps a new suit.For his fifth race, the 100 m butterfly, Phelps won the gold and became the first man under 50 seconds, beating Čavić 49.82 to 49.95The victory prompted a fierce celebration from Phelps, who sat on the lane rope, and pumped his chest and swimsuit. his final event, the 4×100 m medley relay, Phelps won his fifth gold medal. Phelps, along with teammates Aaron Peirsol, Eric Shanteau, and David Walters, set a new world record in the event with a time of 3 minutes and 27.28 secondsAt the 2009 National Championships, Phelps drastically shortened his program, only swimming in three individual events. In his first event, the 200 m freestyle, Phelps won with a time of 1:44.23 In his second event, the 200 m butterfly, Phelps easily won with a time of 1:52.76, 0.88 seconds ahead of the second place finishen his third event, the 100 m butterfly, Phelps won with a world record time of 50August 17, Phelps won his eighth gold medal in the men’s 4×100 m medley relay, breaking Mark Spitz’s record of seven gold medals won in a single Olympic Games, which had stood since 1972Phelps, along with teammates Brendan Hansen, Aaron Peirsol, and Jason Lezak, set a new world record in the event with a time of 3 minutes and 29.34 seconds, 0.7 seconds ahead of second-place Australia and 1.34 seconds faster than the previous record set by the United States at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. When Phelps dived in to swim the 100 m butterfly leg, the third leg of the 400-meter medley, the United States had been trailing Australia and Japan. Phelps completed his split in 50.1 seconds, the fastest butterfly split ever for the event, giving teammate Jason Lezak a more than half-second lead for the final leg, which he would hold onto to clinch the event in world record timeSaid Phelps, upon completing the event that awarded him his eighth gold medal and eighth Olympic record in as many events, "Records are always made to be broken no matter what they are ... Anybody can do anything that they set theirPhelps’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 The next day, Phelps participated in two finals. In his first event, the 200 m 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 filling up with water and being unable to "see anything for the last 100 meterThis fourth gold medal was his tenth, and made him the all-time leader for most Olympic gold medals won by an individual in the modern Olympic er
Less than one hour after his gold medal victory in the 200 m butterfly, Phelps swam the lead-off leg of the 4×200 m freestyle relay. With Lochte, Ricky Berens, and Peter Vanderkaay he won his fifth gold and set his fifth world record as the American team finished first with a time of 6:58.56. The Americans were the first team to break the seven-minute mark in the relay, and broke the previous record, set in Melbourne, Australia, by more than four and a half seconds
After taking a day off from finals Phelps did swim in qualifying hea Phelps won his sixth gold of the Beijing Games on August 15 by winning the 200 m individual medley with a world record time of 1:54.23, finishing ahead of Cseh by over two seconds
Before the final of the 100 m butterfly, Serbian-American swimmer Milorad Čavić caused a minor stir when he said it would be "good" if Phelps lost. "It'd be good for him if he loses. It would be nice if historians talk about Michael Phelps winning seven gold medals and losing the eight to 'some guy.' I'd like to be that guy.", Cavic saidPhelps responded, "When people say things like that, it fires me up more than anything On August 16, Phelps won his seventh gold medal of the Games in the men’s 100 m butterfly, setting an Olympic record for the event with a time of 50.58 seconds and edging out his nearest competitor Čavić, by 100 of a second
Unlike all six of his previous events in the 2008 Games, Phelps did not set a new world record, leaving Ian Crocker’s world record time of 50.40 seconds, set in 2005, intact. Phelps’s 0.01-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, confirmed Phelps’s victorThe initial refusal by official timekeeper Omega, to release underwater photos of the finish also raised questions due to Phelps's sponsorship relationship with OmegaČavić 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"However, in August 2009, Omega officials admitted that while Čavić "for sure" touched the wall first, "Phelps did it more forcefully," thus registering the time firsAt the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials, Phelps competed in six individual events. In his first event the 400 m 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 m freestyle, Phelps won with a time of 1:44.10, ahead of Peter Vanderkaay's time 1:45.85In his third event the 100 m freestyle, Phelps placed second in his heat with a time of 47.92, ensuring him a spot on the relayIn his fourth event the 200 m butterfly, Phelps won with a time of 1:52.2n his fifth event the 200 m individual medley, Phelps broke his own world record of 1:54.98 with a time of 1:54.80In his sixth and final event the 100 m butterfly, Phelps won with a time of 50.8When 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
Phelps set an Olympic record in the preliminary heats of the men's 400 m individual medley.He followed that up in the final by winning the gold medal, as well as breaking his previous world record by nearly two seconds
Phelps swam the first leg of the men's 4100 m freestyle relay in a time of 47.51 seconds an American record for the 100 m 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 Teammate Jason Lezak, after beginning the anchor leg more than half a body length behind Alain Bernard, managed to finish ahead of the second-place French team 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 day before by the American B team in a preliminary hea
For his third race, Phelps broke his previous world record in the 200 m 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 only the fifth Olympic athlete in modern history to win nine gold medals, along with Mark Spitz, Larissa Latynina, Paavo Nurmi, and Carl LewisMichael Fred Phelps (born June 30, 1985is an American swimmer who has, overall, won 16 Olympic gold and two bronze at Athens in 2004, and eight gold at Beijing in 2008. In doing so he has twice equaled the record eight medals of any type at a single Olympics achieved by Soviet gymnast Alexander Dityatin at the 1980 Moscow Summer Games. His five golds in individual events tied the single Games record set by Eric Heiden in the 1980 Winter Olympics and equaled by Vitaly Scherbo at the 1992 Summer Games. Phelps holds the record for the most gold medals won in a single Olympics, his eight at the 2008 Beijing Games surpassed American swimmer Mark Spitz's seven-gold performance at Munich in 1972. Phelps Olympic medal total is second only to the 18 Soviet gymnast Larissa Latynina won over three Olympics, including nine gold.
Phelps's international titles and record breaking performances have earned him the World Swimmer of the Year Award six times and American Swimmer of the Year Award eight times. He has won a total of fifty-nine medals in major international competition, fifty gold, seven silver, and two bronze spanning the Olympics, the World, and the Pan Pacific Championships. His unprecedented Olympic success in 2008 earned Phelps Sports Illustrated magazine's Sportsman of the Year award.
After the 2008 Summer Olympics, Phelps started the Michael Phelps Foundation, which focuses on growing the sport of swimming and promoting healthier lifestyles. As a participant in the US Anti-Doping Agency's "Project Believe" program, Phelps is regularly tested to ensure that his system is clean of performance-enhancing drugs.
1 Early life
2 2002 Pan Pacific Championships
3 2003 World Championships
4 2004 Summer Olympics
4.1 Trials
4.2 Olympics
5 2005 World Championships
6 2006 Pan Pacific Championships
7 2007 World Championships
8 2008 Summer Olympics
8.1 Trials
8.2 Olympics
9 2009 World Championships
10 2010 Pan Pacific Championships
11 2012 Summer Olympics
12 Physique
13 Allegations of performance enhancing drug use
14 Bob Bowman
15 Personal life
15.1 Controversies
15.2 Relationship with Ian Thorpe
15.3 Philanthropy
16 Honors and awards
17 World records
18 See also
19 Notes
20 References
21 External links
Early life
Phelps was born and raised in the Rodgers Forge neighborhood of Towson, Maryland, located just outside of Baltimore City His father, Fred, was a football player in high school and almost made the team for the Washington RedskinsHis mother Deborah "Debbie" Phelps is a middle school principal.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 energyWhen Phelps was in the sixth grade, he was diagnosed with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorde Phelps trained at the North Baltimore Aquatic Club under coach Bob Bowman and excelled as a swimmer. By the age of 10, he held a national record for his age group. More age group records followed, and 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 While he did not win a medal, he did make the finals and finished fifth in the 200 m butterfly.
At the World Championship Trials for the 2001 World Aquatics Championships, Phelps broke the world record in the 200 m 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 m freestyle world record at 16 years, 10 month At the World Championships in Fukuoka, Phelps broke his own world record in the 200 m butterfly en route to becoming a world champion for the first timemichael phelps
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