Michael Phelps is an American retired competitive swimmer and one of the most successful athletes of all-time. He has earned 82 medals, as well as 23 Olympic gold medals, 13 Olympic gold medals in individual events, and 16 Olympic medals in individual events.
Phelps first started swimming at the age of seven and by the age of ten, he set a national record for his age group in the 100-meter butterfly. He continued to set more records and to this day still holds 12 age group records. Under his coach Bob Bowman, Michael Phelps trained at the North Baltimore Aquatic Club and soon qualified for the 2000 Summer Olympics when he was 15 years old. At the age of 15, he was the youngest male to have made the U.S. Olympic swim team since Ralph Flanagan in the year 1932. At the World Championship Trials for the 2001 World Aquatics Championships, Phelps broke the world record in the 200-meter butterfly with a time of 1:54:58 and became the youngest male swimmer to set a world record. During the 2002 Pan Pacific Swimming Championships, he won three gold medals in various medleys and two silver medals, one in butterfly and one in freestyle. During the 2008 World Championships, he won four gold medals, two silver medals, and set five world records. At the 2004 Summer Olympics, Phelps won six gold medals and two bronze; he had tied the record for eight medals at an Olympic Games. During 2005 and 2006, he continued to break more records earning five gold and one silver during the 2005 World Aquatics Championships in addition to winning five gold and one silver during the 2006 Pan Pacific Championships as well. The next two years showcased all gold for Phelps’ World Championship performances, winning seven in 2007 and eight in 2008. In 2008, Phelps became the all-time leader for winning the most Olympic gold medals in the modern era and became the first swimmer to win three Olympic butterfly titles. He was also the first swimmer to be able to defend an Olympic butterfly title and he broke Mark Spitz’s record of seven first-place finishes at any single Olympics Game. The year 2008 brought him even more honors as he won the Sports Illustrated’s Sportsman of the Year and established the Michael Phelps Foundation in order to promote a healthy lifestyle through swimming. His international records have awarded him with the World Swimmer of the Year Award a total of eight times as well as the American Swimmer of the Year Award eleven times. He continued his success with more Olympic medals, winning a total of 28 Olympic medals. During the 2012 Summer Olympics, he won four gold and two silver medals, and at the 2016 Summer Olympics, he won five gold medals and one silver. For four consecutive Olympics, Michael Phelps was regarded as the most successful athlete of the Games. Despite his decision to retire in 2012, he returned to the sport in 2014. He won the FINA Swimmer of the Year Award in 2016, along with being the flag bearer of the US at the 2016 Summer Olympics Parade of Nations. Michael Phelps officially retired in August of 2016.
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