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Phelps completes perfect Olympics

Phelps completes perfect Olympics

BEIJING, Aug. 16 (UPI) -- Michael Phelps completed the most productive Olympics for any competitor in history Sunday, setting a record that should last for generations.
Olympic Medal: M Swim Medley Relay

Olympic Medal: M Swim Medley Relay

BEIJING, Aug. 16 (UPI) -- The United States, with Michael Phelps swimming the butterfly leg, won the Olympic gold medal Sunday in the 400-meter medley relay in Beijing.

Saturday's Olympic Highlights

BEIJING, Aug. 16 (UPI) -- Saturday's Olympic highlights:
Phelps posts magical seventh Olympic win

Phelps posts magical seventh Olympic win

BEIJING, Aug. 15 (UPI) -- Michael Phelps equaled Mark Spitz in the Olympic record book Saturday and needed an almost magical finish to do it.
Olympic Medal: M Swim 100 Fly

Olympic Medal: M Swim 100 Fly

BEIJING, Aug. 15 (UPI) -- American Michael Phelps won his seventh gold medal of the Beijing Olympics Saturday by the narrowest of margins.
Speedo benefits from Phelps' success

Speedo benefits from Phelps' success

NEW YORK, Aug. 15 (UPI) -- Speedo has been the beneficiary of the record setting effort by U.S. swimmer Michael Phelps at the 2008 Beijing Games.
Friday's Olympic Highlights

Friday's Olympic Highlights

BEIJING, Aug. 15 (UPI) -- Friday's Olympic highlights:

Phelps unchallenged in winning again

BEIJING, Aug. 14 (UPI) -- Michael Phelps moved relentlessly deeper into Olympic annals Friday, highlighting a tremendous show put on by American swimmers in Beijing.
Olympic Medal: M Swim 200 IM

Olympic Medal: M Swim 200 IM

BEIJING, Aug. 14 (UPI) -- Michael Phelps won his sixth gold medal of the Beijing Olympics Friday, capturing the 200-meter individual medley.
Phelps has 12,000 calories-a-day diet

Phelps has 12,000 calories-a-day diet

BEIJING, Aug. 14 (UPI) -- U.S. Olympic hero Michael Phelps says part of the secret to his ongoing swimming success is the 12,000 calories of food he consumes each day.

Swimming spotlight shifts to Kitajima

BEIJING, Aug. 13 (UPI) -- Japan's Kosuke Kitajima enjoyed his moment in the Olympic swimming spotlight Thursday and a world record holder received the biggest break of her career.
Wednesday's Olympic Highlights

Wednesday's Olympic Highlights

BEIJING, Aug. 13 (UPI) -- Wednesday's Olympic highlights:
Olympic Medal: M Swim 800 Free Relay

Olympic Medal: M Swim 800 Free Relay

BEIJING, Aug. 13 (UPI) -- The United States, with Michael Phelps swimming the lead-off leg, won the Olympic gold medal Wednesday in the 800-meter freestyle relay.
Olympic Medal: M Swim 200 Fly

Olympic Medal: M Swim 200 Fly

BEIJING, Aug. 13 (UPI) -- Michael Phelps became the all-time Olympic gold medal record-holder Wednesday with a triumph in the 200-meter butterfly.

Tuesday's Olympic Highlights

BEIJING, Aug. 12 (UPI) -- Tuesday's Olympic Highlights:
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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.

This article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License.
It uses material from the Wikipedia article "Michael Phelps."
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