Michael Phelps

  • born 1985 in Baltimore, Maryland
  • an American swimmer who is generally considered the greatest swimmer of all time as well as one of the greatest Olympians of all time
  • his strokes are: butterfly, freestyle, backstroke, individual medley
  • he has won 14 Olympic gold medals, the most by one Olympian
  • he has broken over 35 world records
  • he holds the record for the most gold medals at a single Olympics, his 8 at the 2008 Beijing Games
  • overall, he has won 16 Olympic medals (Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008), he is second, only Soviet gymnast Larissa Latynina won 18 medals over 3 Olympics
  • he earned the World Swimmer of the Year Award 5 times in 2008 also Sportsman f the Year

Personal life

  • father – work by police, mother – school principle, 2 older sisters – both were swimming
  • in his youth, he was diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder
  • so he started to swim at 7, to much energy
  • twice problems with law – 2004 driving under the influence of alcohol, 2009 – he was in the newspaper at a photo where he was smoking marihuana (USA Swimming suspended him from swimming competitively for 3 months)
  • between 2004 and 2008 he attended University of Michigan (sports marketing and management), then he moved to Baltimore again, with his coach
  • he earns lot of money, face of Mazda in China and Speedo – with the money created M. P. Foundation, a charity for kinds who want to swim
  • his body: arms span 201 cm, height 193 cm, he eats 10 000 kcal (kilocalories) – 5 times more than normal adult male

Career

  • at the age of 15, he competed at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney and was 5th in the 200meter butterfly, 5 months later ho broke the world record and became the youngest man who ever broke some world record
  • 2004 wanted to win 8 gold M., but he made it 4 years later in Beijing, so he beat another great swimmer – Mark Spitz (he won 7 gold M. in Munich 1972)
  • in the 2008 Games, if MP had been a separate country, he would ranked 4th in gold medals (after China, USA and Germany)

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