48 Facts About Michael Phelps

1. As an Olympic swimmer, Michael Phelps has spent much of his life slicing through water.

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2. Michael Phelps has set 39 world records, which is more records than any other swimmer that is recognized by FINA; this achievement surpassed Mark Spitz's previous record of 33 world records (26 individual, 7 relay).

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3. In 2017, Michael Phelps joined the board of Medibio, a company focused on diagnosis of Mental Health disorders.

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4. In September 2014, Michael Phelps was arrested again, this time on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol and speeding in Baltimore, Maryland.

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5. Michael Phelps admitted that the photo, which was taken at a party at the University of South Carolina, was authentic.

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6. In February 2009, a photograph of Michael Phelps using a bong went viral; this resulted in the loss of the Kellogg Company as a sponsor, as well as a three-month suspension by USA Swimming.

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7. At age 19 in November 2004, Michael Phelps was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol in Salisbury, Maryland.

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8. In January 2018, Michael Phelps revealed that he has struggled both with ADHD and depression, having contemplated suicide after the 2012 Olympics.

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9. Michael Phelps used the remarks as motivation and taped the words to his locker during the Games.

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10. Michael Phelps has said Bowman reminded him of a drill sergeant because of his disciplined and regimented ways.

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11. Michael Phelps has trained under Bob Bowman since he was 11 years old.

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12. In response, Michael Phelps noted that he had signed up for Project Believe, a project by the United States Anti-Doping Agency in which US Olympians can volunteer to be tested in excess of the World Anti-Doping Agency guidelines.

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13. Michael Phelps is considered one of the greatest Olympians of all time.

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14. In the 100 m butterfly, Michael Phelps was defeated in his last individual event of the Rio Olympics by Singaporean Joseph Schooling, when he earned joint silver along with Chad le Clos and Laszlo Cseh.

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15. Michael Phelps became the first swimmer to win individual gold medals 12 years apart.

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16. Michael Phelps was voted by the US Olympic swim team as one of six team captains for the US delegation to the Olympics.

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17. Michael Phelps was chosen to be the American flag bearer at the opening ceremony, which was the first Olympic opening ceremony that he would attend.

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18. Michael Phelps was reportedly motivated by the national team's failure to win the men's 4 × 100 m freestyle relay since their Beijing 2008 and Rome 2009 titles.

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19. On July 28, 2012, Michael Phelps placed eighth in the morning prelims for the 400-meter individual medley.

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20. In the 100-meter butterfly, Michael Phelps won his third consecutive title and second individual title of the meet with a time of 50.71.

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21. In the 100-meter butterfly, Michael Phelps finished first in a time of 50.86, a championship record.

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22. In the 200-meter butterfly, Michael Phelps led from start to finish, coming in first with a time of 1:54.11.

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23. In the 200-meter backstroke, Michael Phelps finished in 4th place in 1:56.98.

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24. In the 200-meter individual medley, Michael Phelps finished second to Lochte 1:55.94 to 1:54.84.

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25. In the 100-meter butterfly, Michael Phelps won his 50th national title in 50.65.

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26. In the 200-meter freestyle, Michael Phelps won ahead of Ryan Lochte in a time of 1:45.61.

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27. At the 2010 National Championships, Michael Phelps competed in five individual events.

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28. At the 2009 World Aquatics Championships, Michael Phelps won a total of 6 medals, 5 golds and 1 silver.

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29. Michael Phelps responded, "When people say things like that, it fires me up more than anything.

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30. In this race, Michael Phelps became the fifth Olympic athlete in modern history to win nine gold medals, joining Mark Spitz, Larisa Latynina, Paavo Nurmi, and Carl Lewis.

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31. Michael Phelps remarked that Bernard's pre-race comments of "smashing the Americans" had "fired me up more than anything else.

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32. Michael Phelps set an Olympic record in the preliminary heats of the 400-meter individual medley.

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33. Even though Michael Phelps competed in the backstroke in international competition only once, he was among the best backstroke swimmers in the world.

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34. Michael Phelps won the gold ahead of Pieter van den Hoogenband and broke Ian Thorpe's six-year-old world record with a time of 1:43.86.

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35. Michael Phelps set his first world record in the Championships in the 200-meter freestyle, his second race.

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36. At the 2007 World Aquatics Championships, Michael Phelps won seven gold medals, tying the record for a global long-course championship held by Mark Spitz since the 1972 Summer Olympics, and broke five world records.

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37. In the final, Michael Phelps could not match the speed of Ian Crocker and had to settle for silver, finishing 51.65 to 50.40, a new world record for Crocker.

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38. At the 2005 World Aquatics Championships, Michael Phelps won a total of six medals, five golds and one silver.

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39. At the 2005 World Championship Trials, Michael Phelps decided to drop his specialty events, the 400-meter individual medley and the 200-meter butterfly, and experiment with the 400-meter freestyle and the 100-meter freestyle.

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40. When the Trials were over, Michael Phelps became the first person to qualify in six individual events for a US Olympic team.

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41. Michael Phelps put up a solid time of 1:46.60 but the Americans could not match the depth of the Australians and ultimately finished second 7:10.26 to 7:08.58.

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42. At the 2003 World Aquatics Championships, Michael Phelps won four gold medals, two silver medals, and broke five world records.

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43. In the 200-meter individual medley, Michael Phelps won with a time of 1:59.70.

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44. In the 200-meter butterfly, Michael Phelps lost to Tom Malchow, finishing behind him 1:55.41 to 1:55.21.

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45. Michael Phelps was born in Baltimore, Maryland, and raised in the Rodgers Forge neighborhood of nearby Towson.

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46. Michael Phelps earned Sports Illustrated magazine's Sportsman of the Year award due to his unprecedented Olympic success in the 2008 Games.

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47. At the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Michael Phelps had already tied the record of eight medals of any color at a single Games by winning six gold and two bronze medals.

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48. Michael Phelps holds the all-time records for Olympic gold medals, Olympic gold medals in individual events (13), and Olympic medals in individual events (16).

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