Thorpe wins swimming showdown with Phelps

ATHENS, Greece, Aug. 16 (UPI) -- Australian Ian Thorpe won his swimming duel with American Michael Phelps Monday night, leaving the record of Mark Spitz safe for another four years.

Olympic Medal: Men's 200 Freestyle

ATHENS, Greece, Aug. 16 (UPI) -- Olympic medal winners in the men's 200 freestyle:

Sunday's Olympic Highlights

ATHENS, Greece, Aug. 15 (UPI) -- Sunday's highlights from the Olympics:

Record bid by Phelps ends quickly

ATHENS, Greece, Aug. 15 (UPI) -- The bid by Michael Phelps to win eight Olympic gold medals ended Sunday night when the United States finished third in the 400-meter freestyle relay.

Saturday's Olympic Highlights

ATHENS, Greece, Aug. 14 (UPI) -- Saturday's highlights from the Olympics:

Phelps, Thrope win swimming gold

ATHENS, Greece, Aug. 14 (UPI) -- Michael Phelps embarked on his bid for Olympic history Saturday night by winning the first of what he hopes will be eight gold medals.

Olympic Medal: Men's 400 Individual Medley

ATHENS, Greece, Aug. 14 (UPI) -- Olympic medal winners in the men's 400-meter individual medley:

Phelps begins record bid in 400IM

ATHENS, Greece, Aug. 13 (UPI) -- The eight-day quest for Olympic history begins Saturday for Michael Phelps.

Spitz happy to have his record broken

NEW YORK, Aug. 4 (UPI) -- Swimming star Mark Spitz told the New York Times his record of seven Olympic gold medals could be surpassed at the Athens Games.

Phelps reduces Olympic workload

LONG BEACH, Calif., July 14 (UPI) -- Swimmer Michael Phelps, who fulfilled his goal of qualifying for six individual Olympic events, said Wednesday he would complete in only five.

Phelps qualifies for another Olympic event

LONG BEACH, Calif., July 9 (UPI) -- Swimming superstar Michael Phelps qualified for his second Olympic event in as many tries Friday night.

Phelps qualifies for 200 freestyle final

LONG BEACH, Calif., July 8 (UPI) -- Michael Phelps easily qualified for the finals Thursday night in the 200-meter freestyle as he continued his bid for Olympic history.

Phelps' world record sends him to Olympics

LONG BEACH, Calif., July 7 (UPI) -- Michael Phelps began his bid for Olympic glory Wednesday by qualifying for the American team with a world record in the 400-meter individual medley.

Swimmer Phelps may be Spitz match

NEW YORK, May 14 (UPI) -- Marketing expectations are high for U.S. Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps, who already has $1 million in endorsement deals, USA Today reported Friday.

Swimmer Phelps wins Sullivan Award

NEW YORK, April 14 (UPI) -- World record swimmer Michael Phelps is the winner of the Sullivan Award as the top amateur athlete in the United States in 2003.
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Michael Phelps
Michael Phelps accepts best championship performance award at the taping of the ESPY Awards in Los Angeles on July 15, 2009. The awards show will be telecast on ESPN July 19. (UPI Photo/Jim Ruymen)

Michael Fred Phelps (born June 30, 1985) is an American swimmer who has, overall, won 16 Olympic medals—six gold and two bronze at Athens in 2004, and eight gold at Beijing in 2008, becoming the most successful athlete at both of these Olympic Games editions. In doing so he has twice equaled the record eight medals of any type at a single Olympics achieved by Soviet gymnast Alexander Dityatin at the 1980 Moscow Summer 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. Phelps holds the record for the most gold medals won in a single Olympics; his eight at the 2008 Beijing Games surpassed American swimmer Mark Spitz's seven-gold performance at Munich in 1972. Phelps' Olympic medal total is second only to the 18 Soviet gymnast Larisa Latynina won over three Olympics, including nine gold. Furthermore, he holds the all-time record for most individual gold Olympic medals, at nine.

Phelps's international titles and record breaking performances have earned him the World Swimmer of the Year Award six times and American Swimmer of the Year Award eight times. He has won a total of sixty-six medals in major international competition, fifty-four gold, nine silver, and three bronze spanning the Olympics, the World, and the Pan Pacific Championships. His unprecedented Olympic success in 2008 earned Phelps Sports Illustrated magazine's Sportsman of the Year award.

After the 2008 Summer Olympics, Phelps started the Michael Phelps Foundation, which focuses on growing the sport of swimming and promoting healthier lifestyles. As a participant in the US Anti-Doping Agency's "Project Believe" program, Phelps is regularly tested to ensure that his system is clean of performance-enhancing drugs.

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