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Michael Phelps Facts

American Swimmer

  • Michael Fred Phelps was born on June 30, 1985.
  • With 16 medals in two Summer Olympics (2004 and 2008), he is the most successful athlete in these two editions of the games.
  • His five golds in individual events tied the single Games record set by compatriot Eric Heiden in the 1980 Winter Olympics and equaled by Vitaly Scherbo at the 1992 Summer Games.
  • He won the World Swimmer of the Year Award six times and American Swimmer of the Year Award eight times.
  • In 2008, he started the Michael Phelps Foundation, which focuses on growing the sport of swimming and promoting healthier lifestyles.
  • He began swimming at the age of seven.
  • When he was 10, Phelps attended the 1996 Olympic Trials to support sister Whitney.
  • He has trained under Bob Bowman since he was 11 years old.
  • He attended the University of Michigan.
  • He always wears 2 swimming caps to smooth out the wrinkles from the first one.
  • He loves to play Tiger Woods PGA Tour Golf on his Nintendo Wii.
  • He listens mostly to hip hop on his ipod before events
  • In December 2004, Phelps was sentenced to 18 months probation after failing a drink driving test.
  • He was the youngest male Olympian since 1932 when he was only 15 when he made it in the 2000 Olympics.
  • "Fins" is his nickname because of his size 14 shoe size.
  • The 2012 Summer Olympics at London is likely his last Olympic appearance. It is also unlikely that he will never do eight evens again and probably will try new events.
  • He is a part of the US Men's 4x200m Freestyle Relay that finished in 6:59.70 and won the Olympic Gold Medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics held at London.
  • Finishing in 1:53.01, he won the Olympic Silver in Men's 200m Butterfly event.

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