Michael Phelps

Michael Phelps


6/30/1985, Baltimore, Maryland

Birth Name

Michael F. Phelps II


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Phelps joined the North Baltimore Aquatic Club at age seven, and four years later Bob Bowman became his coach there. Bowman says Phelps was exceptional right away. "He's physically superior in terms of flexibility and feel for the water," Bowman said. "Also, and most important, he has an…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

  • Quotes

    • Michael: The biggest thing in a meet like this (he swam three 100 meter events in 41 minutes) is how mentally tough you can be. As many times as I can put myself in a situation where I have to be mentally tough, it's going to help me in the long run, especially with Worlds coming up.

    • Michael: A buddy of mine actually read of me being in the names of Tiger Woods and Roger Federer. That is a pretty big accomplishment and definitely something I'm proud of. They have changed their sports themselves, so hopefully I can do the same in swimming.

    • Michael: I think the Special Olympics and the Olympics are actually pretty similar. We all have dreams and we all have goals. And you have to work hard to accomplish your dreams and goals.

    • Michael Phelps: (About pimping out his car) I had to do it. I got a Cadillac Escalade. Put some rims on it, threw a couple TV's in there, and installed a system. I stuck my Xbox in there, I had to go for it. I did just sell it though.

    • Michael Phelps: (About his diet) I eat pretty much whatever I want. I don't have a strict diet. It's all about cramming in as many calories into my system as I possibly can. To be honest with you, I have a tough time keeping weight on.

    • Michael Phelps: (How long is he in the pool for each day) Anywhere from two to five hours a day, but if you don't put the work in, you can't really expect to get much out of it. I'm more than willing to put the work in so I'm swimming fast at the end of the year.

    • Michael Phelps: (Where does he see himself in future Olympics) I don't know for sure. I'll definitely go another four years and then see what happens. I would love to swim in New York in 2012 if the games end up there and finish my career in America. It would be really exciting just to have the games here, and then for me to go out on that kind of stage in my own country would just be amazing, but I'm really trying not to get too ahead of myself.

    • Michael Phelps: (What experience did he gain from the 2000 Olympics competing as a 15 year old) I had a better idea of what competing on that grand a stage would be like. I think I was a little less nervous because of that previous experience.

    • Michael Phelps: (Has the magnitude of his accomplishments set in) If you'd asked me that right after the Olympics, I would have said no, but at this point I think it has. Everything that happened last summer was so much fun and totally changed my life forever.

    • Michael: The support I've received from my sponsors has enabled me to raise the bar in swimming.

  • Really.

    While I respect Michael Phelps for winning all of those gold medals, he is very much a jerk as a person. I've seen whom he associates with and how he acts in public and I have to say that he is whom I always thought he was. He seemed like an arrogant son of a gun when he was competing and also thought that he was a legend. Lately, he was caught smoking pot. Not surprised as he is what I thought he was: a dumby. For those of you who think he can do no wrong, wake up! Thank you.moreless
  • Michael Phelps set the bar at the 2000 Sydney Olypics by being the youngest swimmer and now he's become not only an incredible young man, but he's now the greatest Olympic Athlete of all time. He's my personal favorite and also my inspiration.moreless

    Michael Phelps has always been my favorite athlete. I saw him in the 2000 Sydney Olympics and thought wow I wanted to be like him. Then during the 2004 Athens games, he did more than most people his age do and I was in shock. Now I've never been so proud. He's set the record for the most Olympic gold medals in a single games and he's also influenced people everywhere. I don't think I've ever seen an athlete work as hard as he does. In the 2008 Summer Olympic Games held in Beijing, China, he did more than anyone has in the history of the games. By setting 7 world records and 1 Olympic record, it was a phenomenan in the making. I don't think that there are enough words to describe what I think of him as a person.

    He's enabled people to follow their dreams and he's shown that anything can happen if you work hard. I look up to him for so much and even now when I look back on his career, I don't see him as Michael Phelps "the flying fish" from Baltimore, Maryland. I look at him and I see Michael Phelps the greatest athlete and person out there. He shows true dedication in what he does, but he also manages to give back to the people in so many ways. I can only hope that one day I can meet him and say thanks because he has given me the drive to follow my dreams. If people want to say that he'll be gone in ten years, let them, but that won't stop him from achieving his goals. All in all, he is the ultimate athlete, son, and role model for not just the sport of swimming, but for anyone out there who's ever had a dream.moreless