Michael Phelps

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Michael Phelps
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Michael Phelps at the at the University of Missouri

Personal information
Full name: Michael Fred Phelps
Nickname(s): MP
Nationality:  United States
Stroke(s): Butterfly, Individual Medley, Freestyle, Backstroke
Club: Club Wolverine,
University of Michigan
Date of birth: June 30, 1985 (1985-06-30) (age 29)
Place of birth: Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight: 195 pounds

Michael Fred Phelps was born on June 30, 1985 in Baltimore, Maryland. He is a retired American swimmer and he holds world records in several events. Phelps won eight medals at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens. Six of those were gold. These medals made him tie the record for medals at a single Olympics. Alexander Dityatin has held this record since 1980.[5] In 2008, Phelps won eight swimming gold medals at the Summer Olympics in Beijing. This broke Mark Spitz's record for most gold medals in a single Olympics.[6] Spitz had won seven gold medals at the 1972 Summer Olympics. At the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Phelps won another four gold and two silver medals. In total he has won 22 Olympic medals, a record. Eighteen of these are gold medals, two times as many as the former record.

Phelps was diagnosed with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder when he was nine.[7]

2008 Beijing Summer Olympic Games[change | change source]

Michael Phelps poses for a photo with U.S. President George W. Bush after Phelps won his first Olympic gold medal in 2008 in the men's 400 meter individual medley.

Phelps qualified to compete in three team events and five individual events. He won gold medals in all eight events (WR = world record, OR = Olympic record):

Date (in Beijing) Event Results Time
August 10 400 m individual medley Gold Medal 4:03.84 World Record[8]
August 11 4 x 100 m freestyle relay Gold Medal 3:08.24 World Record[9]
August 12 200 m freestyle Gold Medal 1:42.96 World Record[10]
August 13 200 m butterfly Gold Medal 1:52.03 World Record[11]
August 13 4 x 200 m freestyle relay Gold Medal 6:58.56 World Record[11]
August 15 200 m individual medley Gold Medal 1:54.23 World Record[12]
August 16 100 m butterfly Gold Medal 50.58 World Record[13]
August 17 4 x 100 m medley relay Gold Medal 3:29.34 World Record[14]

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