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Michael Phelps          

Retired American Swimmer; Most Decorated Olympic Athlete in History

Michael Phelps is unarguably the most accomplished American swimmer of all time. Rewriting the record books in his Olympic performances, Phelps has won a total of 23 gold medals, the most by any Olympian in any sport. He also holds the record for Olympic gold medals in individual events (13), and Olympic medals in individual events (16).

Phelps retired following the 2012 Olympics, but he made a comeback in April 2014.At the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, his fifth Olympics, he was voted by his team to be the flag bearer of the United States at the 2016 Summer Olympics Parade of Nations. He announced his second retirement on August 12, 2016.

At the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Phelps took home eight gold medals. Every one of his gold medal performances set a new world record, except the 100-meter butterfly which registered as an Olympic record. In Beijing, Phelps made headlines after claiming the all-time single Olympics gold medal record, surpassing Mark Spitz's 1972 record of seven gold medals.

The previous year at the 2007 FINA World Championships in Australia, Phelps staged the greatest individual performance of any swimmer in an international competition by winning seven gold medals while shattering five world records. At the 2006 Pan Pacific Swimming Championship in British Columbia, Phelps continued to establish world records. In addition, Phelps was a six-time gold medalist at the 2006 U.S. Nationals and a three-time gold medalist at the 2005 U.S. Nationals. Phelps was also a five-time gold medalist and silver medal recipient at the 2005 World Championships.

Phelps became an American icon at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens where he won eight medals (including six gold medals and two bronze); the first Olympian since 1980 to win eight medals in a single Olympics.

At the age of 15, Phelps became the youngest American male swimmer at an Olympic Games in 68 years. Although he didn't win a medal in Sydney, later that year he became the youngest male swimmer to ever set a swimming world record.

On a mission to continually help the popularity of swimming grow, Phelps has played an integral role in the creation of SwimRoom.com, the sports first social networking site, where swimmers across the globe have a place to regularly communicate and share ideas. In addition, Phelps co-founded Swim with the Stars (S.W.T.S.), the first-ever post-Olympic swimming tour. S.W.T.S. has traveled across the country promoting swimming and conducting camps for swimmers of all ages.

Adding to his list of personal accomplishments, Phelps was named one of Chinas World Top Ten Athletes, the 2004 USOC Sportsman of the Year, and the 2004 Sullivan Award Recipient. He was also recognized by the International Amateur Athletic Association as the 24th Annual American International Athlete and was the 2003 USSA Male Athlete of the Year.

As the National spokesman for the Boys & Girls Clubs, Phelps was featured in the Wheres Your Card TV and print PSA campaigns. Phelps is also an honorary member of the B&G Club of Harford County (Maryland).


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