Swimmer michael Phelps has actually set the record weil das winning ns most medals, 28, of any Olympic athlete an history.

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Who ist Michael Phelps?

Michael pelps is in American swimmer who holds the record for the most Olympics medals won by any athlete hinweisen 28, including 23 gold medals and 13 individual golds. Pelps competed in his erste Olympics at ns age des 15, as part von the U.S. Men's swimming team. He was the first American male swimmer to earn a spot on 5 Olympic teams and deshalb made history as die oldest individual gold medalist an Olympic swimming history at ns age of 28.

Early Life und Family

Michael Fred pelps was born top top June 30, 1985, an Baltimore, Maryland. Ns youngest von three children, pelps grew up bei the neighborhood of Rodgers Forge. His father, Fred, in all-around athlete, was a state trooper and his mother, Debbie, was a middle-school principal. Wie Phelps' parental divorced in 1994, he and his sister lived with their mother, v whom phelps grew an extremely close.

Phelps started swimming wie man his two older sisters, Whitney (born 1978) and Hilary (born 1980), joined a neighborhood swim team. Whitney tried out zum the U.S. Olympic team in 1996, yet injuries derailed herstellung career. At age seven, phelps was blieb "a little scared" to put his head underwater, dafür his instructors allowed ihm to float around on his back. Not surprisingly, the zuerst stroke he master was the backstroke.

After he saw swimmers tom Malchow and Tom Dolan contend at die 1996 Summer Games bei Atlanta, phelps began kommen sie dream von becoming a champion. He introduced his swim career at die Loyola High institution pool. That met his coach, schuss Bowman, wie man he began training at the North Baltimore Aquatic society at die Meadowbrook Aquatic und Fitness Center. Ns coach immediately recognized Phelps' talents und fierce sense of competition and began bei intense training program together. Von 1999, phelps had made the U.S. National b Team.

University des Michigan

Phelps adhered to his trainer to ns University des Michigan an Ann Arbor, wherein Bowman coached ns Wolverines' swimming team, kommen sie study sporting activities marketing und management. Meanwhile, phelps continued to establish welt records at the 2006 Pan Pacific Championships an Victoria, brothers Columbia, and the 2007 welt Championships in Melbourne, Australia.

2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney

At die age des 15, phelps became die youngest American male swimmer zu compete at an Olympic Games an 68 years. While that didn't win a medal at die 2000 Summer Olympics an Sydney, Australia, he would soon become a major force an competitive swimming.

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First world Records

In the spring des 2001, phelps set die world record in the 200-meter butterfly, becoming ns youngest masculine swimmer bei history (at 15 years und 9 months) kommen sie ever collection a welt swimming record.

Phelps then damaged his own record at the 2001 world Championships bei Fukuoka, Japan, v a time des 1:54:58, earning his zuerst international medal.

Phelps continued zu set neu marks at ns 2002 U.S. Summer Nationals in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, creating a new world record weil das the 400-meter individual medley, und U.S. Records an the 100-meter butterfly and the 200-meter individual medley. The following year, at die same event, he damaged his own welt record an the 400-meter separation, personal, instance medley with a time des 4:09.09.

Shortly after graduating native Towson an 2003, 17-year-old phelps set five world records, including die 200-meter separation, personal, instance medley at die World Championships bei Barcelona, Spain, through a time of 1:56:04. Climate during the U.S. Trials weil das the 2004 Summer Olympics, he broke his own world again an the 400 meter individual medley, through a time des 4:08:41.


Michael phelps competing bei the final heat for the Men's 100 meter Butterfly throughout day seven des the 2016 U.S. Olympic mannschaft Swimming Trials weist CenturyLink center on July 2, 2016, in Omaha, Nebraska

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2004 Summer Olympics bei Athens

Phelps ended up being a superstar at die 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece, to win eight medals (including sechs gold), tying v Soviet gymnast Aleksandr Dityatin (1980) weil das the many medals an a einzel Olympic Games.

Phelps scored the first of six gelb medals on august 14, wie he damaged his own world record bei the 400-meter individual medley, cut 0.15 secs off von his previous mark. He so won gold bei the 100-meter butterfly, 200-meter butterfly, 200-meter separation, personal, instance medley, 4-by-200-meter freestyle relay und 4-by-100-meter medley relay). Ns two events an Athens, in which phelps took kupfer medals, to be 200-meter freestyle and the 4-by-100-meter freestyle relay.

2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing

At ns 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China, phelps won his 14th career gold medal, die most gold won by any Olympian — surpassing swimmer mark Spitz's 1972 record von seven golds. He so set the record zum the most gold medals won in a einzel Olympics von winning eight gold medals, an the 4-by-100-meter medley relay, 4-by-100-meter freestyle relay, 200-meter freestyle, 200-meter butterfly, 4-by-200-meter freestyle relay, 200-meter individual medley and 100-meter butterfly. Every gelb medal performance set a new world record, except die 100-meter butterfly, i m sorry set bei Olympic record.

2012 Summer Olympics bei London

At ns 2012 Olympic Games, held in London, Phelps' Olympic medal count increased kommen sie 22, setting a new record zum most Olympic medals (beating gymnast Larisa Latynina's former record von 18). He won four gold medals, in the 4-by-200-meter freestyle relay, 200-meter individual medley, 100-meter butterfly and 4-by-100-meter medley relay; and two silver medals, bei the 4-by-100-meter freestyle relay and 200-meter butterfly.

Temporary Retirement in 2012

After the london Olympics in 2012, phelps announced he was retiring from swimming. However, he provided some indication of a possible return in July 2013 und would not rule the end a possible Olympic bid for the 2016 summer games. In April 2014, phelps put ns retirement rumors to rest and announced plans to compete at the Mesa cool Prix an Arizona.

Meanwhile, ns sports welt continued zu speculate whether pelps would compete bei the 2016 Summer Olympic Games bei Rio de Janeiro. His longtime trainer Bowman told ns Washington Post:

“I don’t recognize yet. Honestly, we’re kind of taking it day über day. I don’t think one of two people one des us has ja wirklich expectations other than to schutz fun, see what happens und go indigenous there. Unlike previous years, there’s no permanent plan.”

While pelps did contend at ns Mesa grand Prix, that made a much more impressive mirroring at ns Pan Pacific Championships held that summer in Australia, winning three golds and two silvers.


Michael phelps competing in the Final von the Men's 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay on job 2 of the Rio 2016 Olympic gamings at ns Olympic Aquatics stadion on ehrenvoll 7, 2016, in Rio dach Janeiro, Brazil.

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2016 Summer Olympics an Rio

On June 29, 2016, pelps celebrated a vast comeback wie he came to be the first American male swimmer to earn a spot on 5 Olympic teams. His then-girlfriend nicole Johnson, their baby, Boomer, und Phelps' mother Debbie watched the Olympic legend break history from the stands in Rio.

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On august 7, 2016, phelps clinched his 19th Olympic gold medal in Rio swimming the second leg of the men's 400 freestyle relay. The went on zu win gold bei both die 200-meter butterfly and in the 4x200-meter freestyle relay together with Conor Dwyer, Townley Haas and Ryan Lochte.

“Doing a double like that zu sein a last harder now than what it when was,” pelps said about competing an the races at ns age von 31. “That is zum sure.”

Phelps go on to compete in the 200-meter separation, personal, instance medley, in event called "the Duel bei the Pool" since he confronted off versus friend, teammate and rival Ryan Lochte, die world record holder an the race. Phelps dominated ns race, win gold bei over a body-length hinweisen 1:54.66 seconds, ideal behind Lochte's record von 1:54.00. Lochte failed to medal. Phelps' win made er the zuerst swimmer zu win 4 consecutive golds in the exact same event.

"I say this a lot, however every single day I'm living a dream kommen sie true," phelps told NBC Sports. "As a kid, ich wanted kommen sie do something the no one had ever done before, and I'm enjoy it it. Gift able zu finish how ich won ist just something an extremely special to me and this is why sie are seeing more und more feeling on the medal podium."

Phelps then competed in the 100-meter butterfly, tying zum the silver medal through Laszlo Cseh von Hungary and Chad le Clos des South Africa. Joseph Schooling von Singapore, a 21-year-old swimmer that idolized phelps when he was boy, won the gold.