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The top stories in sports

Swimmer Michael Phelps redefined Olympian heights in 2012 but cyclist Lance Armstrong underwent an even greater fall from the pantheon of his sport.
JOHN HENDEL, United Press International
Elections, Olympics and economic concerns top stories of 2012

Elections, Olympics and economic concerns top stories of 2012

U.S. politics, the London Olympics, economic developments in the United States and Europe and the unrest in the Arab world topped the news in 2012.
MARCELLA S. KREITER, United Press International
Record-long putt for Michael Phelps

Record-long putt for Michael Phelps

ST. ANDREWS, Scotland, Oct. 5 (UPI) -- Olympic record-setting swimmer Michael Phelps added another best to his resume Friday when he sank a putt from more than 150 feet for an eagle in Scotland.
Phelps now in Baltimore loft

Phelps now in Baltimore loft

BALTIMORE, Oct. 3 (UPI) -- Record-breaking Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps, who grew up in the Baltimore area, is now living in a loft in the city, The Baltimore Sun reports.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012.
By United Press International

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Friday, Aug. 24, 2012.
By United Press International

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Thursday, Aug. 16, 2012.
By United Press International
Reality TV next up for Phelps

Reality TV next up for Phelps

HOLLYWOOD, Aug. 12 (UPI) -- Twenty-two-time Olympic medalist Michael Phelps said he will appear on the upcoming season of Golf Channel's "The Haney Project."
People in the news

People in the news

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By United Press International
Phelps dating model Rossee

Phelps dating model Rossee

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 6 (UPI) -- U.S. Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps has been dating model Megan Rossee for five months, E! News reported.
Phelps wins in final Olympic appearance

Phelps wins in final Olympic appearance

LONDON, Aug. 5 (UPI) -- Michael Phelps ended an Olympic career like none other Saturday, winning on the biggest sporting stage of all for the 18th time.
Olympic Roundup: Phelps is twice as great

Olympic Roundup: Phelps is twice as great

LONDON, Aug. 4 (UPI) -- It was busy at the Olympics Saturday and the home fans cheered a lot, but the bottom line is that Michael Phelps has twice as many gold medals as anybody else.
Olympic Medal: M Swim 400 Medley Relay

Olympic Medal: M Swim 400 Medley Relay

LONDON, Aug. 4 (UPI) -- The United States won the Olympic gold medal Saturday in the men's 400-meter medley relay, the final race in the career of swimmer Michael Phelps.
Obama to Team USA: 'Go get 'em'

Obama to Team USA: 'Go get 'em'

WASHINGTON, Aug. 4 (UPI) -- President Obama said Saturday "it's no surprise" the U.S. team is among the top winners in London, "but it's not their medal count alone that inspires us."
Friday's Olympic Highlights

Friday's Olympic Highlights

LONDON, Aug. 3 (UPI) -- Highlights from Friday's action at the Olympics:
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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)
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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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