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Common misspelling: Micheal Phelps, Michael Felps; also known as "The Baltimore Bullet"



8 Olympic Gold Medals

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Date of Birth

Birth Place

Michael Fred Phelps II

June 30, 1985

Baltimore, Maryland

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  • 1985

    • Michael Phelps was born on June 30, 1985 to Debbie and Fred Phelps.  He has two sisters, Whitney and Hillary.

  • 1992

    • At age seven, he began swimming.  His sister Whitney was also a swimmer and was a member of the 1994 World Championship Team.

  • 2000

    • Placed 5th in 2000 Olympic Games for 200m butterfly (1:56.50)

  • 2001

    • First Place and broke world record for 200m butterfly (1:54.58) at LC World Championships

  • 2002

    • Three first place and two second place finishes at Pan Pacs (1st place in 200m individual medley relay (1:59.70), 400m medley relay (4:12.48), 4x100m medley relay (3:33.48) [world record] and 2nd place in 200m butterfly (1:55.41), 4x200 free relay (7:11.81)

  • 2003

    • Three first place and two second place finishes at the LC World Championships, including breaking five world records at the meet (1st place in 200m butterfly (1:54.35), 200m individual medley (1:56.04) [world record], 400m individual medley (4:09.09) [world record] and 2nd place in 100 m butterfly (51.10), 4x200 free relay (7:10.26). He was the first person to win in three different strokes in one national championship. [Note: his other three world records were achieved during the semi-final rounds]

    • Awarded the Sullivan Award (given to the top amateur athlete)

    • He graduated from Towson High School in Towson, Maryland (a suburb of Baltimore).

  • 2004

    • The first American to win eight medals (6 gold, 2 bronze) in one Olympiad [Note: Mark Spitz won 7, although they were all Gold.]. He was also the first swimmer to ever qualify for six individual events at one Olympiad.

      • Gold Medals: 100m butterfly (51.25), 200m butterfly (1:54:.04), 200 m individual medley (1:57.14), 400 m individual medley (4:08.26), 4x200m free relay (7:07.33), 4 x 100 m medley relay (3:30.68)

      • Bronze Medals: 200m free relay (1:45.32) and 4x100m free relay (3:14.62)

    • First place at SC World Championships for 200m free relay (1:43:59)

    • Began attending classes at the University of Michigan.

  • 2005

    • Four first place finishes at the American Short Course Championships: 200 yd freestyle (1:32:08); 400 yd IM (3:42.74); 100 yard Freestyle (00:42.53); and 200 yard IM (1:42.78), a second place finish in the 4x100 free relay (2:57:49) and a third place finish in the 200 yd breaststroke (1:58:31).

    • At the 2005 World Championship Trials he placed first in all five competitions: 400 Freestyle (3:47.79); 200 Freestyle (1:46.44); 100 Butterfly (51.34); 100 Freestyle (49.00); and 200 IM (1:57.4).

    • He followed this up with a clean sweep at the Stanford University Invitational Grand Prix finishing first in all six events: 100 Back (54.92); 400 IM (4:17.06); 400 Free (3:51.94); 200 Back (1:59.94); 200 Fly (1:57.31); 100 Free (49.82). 

    • For the World Championships in Montreal, Canada (from July 17th to the 31st), Michael Phelps won five gold and one silver medal (this includes three golds for the relay).

  • 2006

    • Placed in first in five events at the Pan Pacific Championships (four being World Records): 200 m butterfly, 200 m individual medley, 400 m individual medley,  4x100 m freestyle relay, 4x200 m freestyle relay

  • 2007

    • Seven Gold medals at the 2007 World Championships: 200 m freestyle (1:43.86 - World Record); 100 m butterfly (50.77); 200 m butterfly (1:52:09 - World Record); 200 m individual medley (1:54.98 - World Record); 400 m individual medley (4:06.22 - World Record);  4x100 m freestyle relay (2:12.72); 4x200 m freestyle relay (7:03.24 - World Record)

  • 2008

    • Can you say GOLD?  Phelps has become the only person to win 8 Gold Medals in a single Olympic game to break Mark Spitz record of 7 Gold medals (while setting a world record in each event except the 100 m butterfly) in the following events: 400 m individual medley (4:03.84); 4x100 m freestyle relay (3:08.24); 200 m freestyle (1:42.96); 200 m butterfly (1:52.03); 4x200 m freestyle relay (6:58.56); 200 m individual relay (1:54.23); 100 m butterfly (50.58); and 4x100 m medley relay (3:29.32)

  • 2009

    • At the 2009 World Championship Phelps Took home 6 Gold Medals along with a World Record for five of those medals, and also added an extra Silver for good measure. His gold medals and world record times are as follows:  100 m butterfly (49.82); 200 m butterfly (1:51.51); 4200 m freestyle relay (6:58.55); 4100 m medley relay (3:27.28). His time for the gold medal in the 4100 m freestyle relay was 3:09.21, and the time for his silver in 200 m freestyle was 1:43.22.

  • 2010

    • At the National Championships he won the Gold in three out of five events. Phelps then put in a spectacular showing at his next event and won five Gold medals in all five events he competed in at the 2010 Pan Pacific Championships.

  • 2011

    • Michael Phelps added four more gold medals to add to his trophy case at the 2011 World Championships (100 m butterfly, 200 m butterfly, 4x200 m freestyle, and 4x100 m medley). He also added two silver and one bronze medal.

  • 2012

    • He said that he will be competing in this summer's Olympic games. However, he has not decided on what events he will be swimming in. However, he said he will not be competing in eight events. He also hinted that this will probably be the last time he competes at the Olympic Games.

Other Stuff about Michael:

  • Sports Illustrated chose Michael Phelps as the 2008 Sportsman of the Year.

  • Some critics believed that he was taking performance enhancement drugs during the 2008 Olympics because they could not believe that anyone could ever win eight medals like he did.  However, Phelps took drug test nine times (more than was required) and passed all nine.

  • Controversy: In 2009 Michael Phelps admitted to smoking marijuana out of a bong (after pictures of him smoking appeared in a British tabloid) and stated that it was a "behavior which was regrettable and demonstrated bad judgment."  However, USA Swimming suspended him from competition for three months and Kellog's stated that they will not renew his endorsement contract. 

  • In 2008 he set up the Michael Phelps Foundation with his $1 million dollar bonus from Speedo to help the sport of swimming and a healthier lifestyle.

  • Hobbies and Interests: Lacrosse, baseball, soccer, video games (XBox)

  • Favorites: food = lasagna, pretzels, cheeseburgers, French vanilla ice cream in a waffle cone, music = rap, movie = Austin Powers

Honors and 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, 2009[

  • Golden Goggle Relay Performance of the Year: 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009

  • 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 Award (Nominated): 2004, 2005, 2008, 2009

  • Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year: 2008

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