Michael Phelps is no stranger to the Olympics. The 2008 Beijing Olympics will be his third. In 2000, when he competed in the 200m butterfly event, he was the youngest Olympian to attend the games since 1932. His true notoriety, however, comes from the Athens games in 2004 where he medaled in eight events (six gold).
- Attended University of Michigan
- Currently resides in Ann Arbor, Michigan
June 30th, 1985
Phelps will compete in eight events in Beijing, which will give him another opportunity to meet and/or beat Mark Spitz 1972 record of seven gold medals. The events include the 200m freestyle, 100m butterfly, 200m butterfly, 200m IM, 400m IM, 100m freestyle relay, 200m freestyle relay, 200m medley relay.
Phelps followed his sisters, Whitney and Hillary, into swimming at the age of seven. In fact, Whitney participated in the Olympic Trials in 1996 and just missed making the team in the 200m butterfly. At the age of 11, Michael met renowned coach Bob Bowman and trained under him thereafter. In fact, he followed Bowman to Ann Arbor in 2004 and attended sports management classes at University of Michigan. Phelps currently trains with Bowman at Michigan's Club Wolverine with several other Olympic swimmers.
- 2004 Athens Olympics, 8 medals
- Six gold (one short of Mark Spitz seven gold medals in 1972)
- Four individual events
- Tied Soviet gymnast Alexandr Dityatin (1980) for most medals in a single Olympics
- 2007 World Championships, seven medals
- Followed sisters Whitney and Hillary into swimming at age seven
- In 2004, co-authored “Michael Phelps: Beneath the Surface” with Brian Cazeneuve of Sports Illustrated
- Couldn’t compete on the Michigan team because he was a professional, so worked as a volunteer assistant to the team
- In 2006, stopped taking classes at Michigan to work on swimming and endorsements full time
- In 2008, after the Beijing games, Phelps will follow Bowman again, this time back to their native Baltimore – a fitting locale for the Baltimore Bullet
The Baltimore Bullet’s heart belongs to Maryland, where he plans to return after the Beijing games. Baltimore guide ____ has written an in-depth profile.