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By Jill Rosen, The Baltimore Sun | June 17, 2010
Editor's note: Coming Saturday, The Sun introduces a new home design section. This is the centerpiece of the first print edition. There's a suspicious dearth of chrome, not a lick of black leather and the place is utterly without a bar. Not one wall — and there are quite a few — is holding up, Atlas-style, an intimidating fortress of electronic equipment. Bob Bowman's new home, at least on paper, is a bachelor pad. But the truth is, the swim coach famous for leading Michael Phelps to Olympic gold has worked hard to make the house he built on 37 acres off a winding Monkton road feel warm, livable and very, very real.
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By Childs Walker and The Baltimore Sun | October 6, 2014
USA Swimming has suspended Michael Phelps from competition for six months and removed him from its 2015 world championship team in response to the record-setting Olympian's drunken-driving arrest in Baltimore last week. The punishment came the day after Phelps announced he was checking into a six-week, in-patient treatment program to work on his personal life. “Michael's conduct was serious and required significant consequences,” USA Swimming's executive director, Chuck Wielgus, said in a statement.
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By Jean Marbella, The Baltimore Sun | September 10, 2012
Michael Phelps may have retired from competitive swimming after the London Games, but his coach is adding on work: He has signed with TSE Consulting, a global firm that specializes in working with sports federations. Bowman, who shepherded Phelps' record-breaking Olympic career from start to finish, will join the company's Sport Performance division, TSE Consulting announced Monday. Bowman said he will consult with sports organizations and national governing bodies, analyzing their past performances and offering strategies on how to improve them.
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Justin Fenton and Childs Walker and The Baltimore Sun | September 30, 2014
Michael Phelps was arrested early Tuesday in Baltimore, charged for the second time in 10 years with drunken driving. The charge comes five months after the record-setting Olympian's return to competition. Phelps, 29, was stopped for speeding just outside the Fort McHenry Tunnel about 1:40 a.m. Tuesday, Maryland Transportation Authority Police said. He was clocked going 84 mph in a 45-mph zone in his 2014 Land Rover and subsequently failed a standard field sobriety test, police said.
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By Childs Walker and Chris Korman, The Baltimore Sun | June 29, 2013
Bob Bowman gets to the question before it can even be raised. "You guys want to know if Michael's coming back," he says to a pair of visitors. Michael is Michael Phelps , the greatest swimmer of all time and Bowman's pupil from gawky adolescence. Twitter has buzzed in recent weeks with rumors of Phelps abandoning his planned retirement. "I'd be the first to know," Bowman says. "And I haven't heard a thing from him. So the imminent comeback is not so imminent. " Furthermore, he would not want Phelps to resume swimming unless the great Olympian was absolutely committed, more committed than he was leading up to the 2012 London Games.
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By Jordan Littman, The Baltimore Sun | June 14, 2013
After parting ways with former coach Fabrice Pellerin last month, swimmer Yannick Agnel has a new home in Baltimore. Agnel, who won three medals at the 2012 Olympics in London, recently moved from his native country of France to begin training at North Baltimore Aquatic Club with new coach Bob Bowman. The 21-year-old swimmer, who came from behind to beat the United States' Ryan Lochte in the anchor leg of the 4x100-meter freestyle relay at the 2012 Olympics, arrived in Maryland this week and will train with Bowman in the city.
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By Jean Marbella, The Baltimore Sun | July 25, 2012
If you made a flip-book of the hundreds of photographs they've posed together for over the years, you would see Michael Phelps growing up before your eyes, getting taller and more muscular, while his coach, Bob Bowman, looks remarkably the same. With the same smallish glasses and the same close-clipped hair, Bowman became himself some time ago, while Phelps has evolved from 11-year-old raw talent to 27-year-old Olympic great - due in no small part to the constant in his life in the pool and beyond: his coach.
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By Kevin Van Valkenburg and Kevin Van Valkenburg,Sun Reporter | August 16, 2008
BEIJING - It does not matter where Bob Bowman lays his head to rest at night - and it could be anywhere, from Baltimore to Barcelona, Ann Arbor to Beijing - he does not hear his alarm clock in the morning. He is always awake long before it wails, usually on the early side of 5 a.m. "I bounce out of bed," he says. Bowman always sets the alarm, though. And he always turns it off. He is meticulous that way, disciplined and regimented. It is the first item on his daily mental checklist. He embraces the morning as passionately as his prodigy, swimmer Michael Phelps, loathes it. "That's one of the reasons I'm diametrically opposed to Michael," the 43-year-old Bowman says.
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By Chris Korman | December 4, 2012
Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time and current Canton dweller , headed north to visit another of the state's most successful sportsmen, horse trainer Graham Motion. Phelps' coach, Bob Bowman, tweeted the above photo of the two outside one of Motion's barns at the peaceful, sprawling Fair Hill Training Center in Elkton this afternoon. It was Bowman who got Phelps into racing. He'd picked up an interest years ago because a swimming coach he was working with liked to go out to the races.
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By Childs Walker and The Baltimore Sun | November 14, 2013
After months of hints and half-denials, Michael Phelps has re-entered the drug testing pool for international competition, the strongest signal yet that he's planning a return to swimming. Phelps, already widely regarded as the greatest competitive swimmer in history, has not announced that he's ending his retirement or that he plans to swim at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. And his longtime coach Bob Bowman said Thursday that “there are no definite plans to return to competition at this time.” But United States Anti-Doping Agency records posted Thursday indicate that Phelps would be eligible to compete again in 2014.
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Childs Walker, The Baltimore Sun | August 10, 2014
IRVINE, Calif. - If this year's Phillips 66 National Championships hold any enduring place in Michael Phelps ' mind, he might remember them as a needed, albeit painful, slug of reality. Until the past week, Phelps had treated his four-month comeback as something of a lark, working out when he wished and recapturing his past brilliance in fleeting bursts. He'd said he was happy simply getting back in the pool. But in truth, Phelps' love of swimming and his fierce need for victory always have been inextricably linked.
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By Childs Walker and The Baltimore Sun | August 9, 2014
IRVINE, Calif. - As he moves forward with his comeback, Michael Phelps can't always measure his progress the way he used to: in victories. Take the unusual position he found himself in Saturday at the Phillips 66 National Championships. The night before, he had lost by a whisker in the 100-meter butterfly, the race he has focused on most since coming out of retirement in April. Yet he had secured a place on the U.S. team for the Pan Pacific Championships this month in Australia. Phelps hadn't fretted over making a national team since he was 15 and seeking a spot in the 2000 Olympics.
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By Childs Walker and The Baltimore Sun | August 8, 2014
IRVINE, Calif. - Michael Phelps has passed so many tests in his swimming career that it's easy to assume he'll always surmount the next one. But he faced an unfamiliar predicament Friday, trying to overcome a clumsy start to the Phillips 66 National Championships amid questions about the progress of his 4-month-old comeback. As it turned out, Phelps answered the way he always has, by swimming really, really fast - the fastest anyone in the world has swum the 100-meter butterfly in 2014.
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By Childs Walker, The Baltimore Sun and By Childs Walker, The Baltimore Sun | August 7, 2014
Swimmers describe the race as a snarling beast that will rob them of the energy needed for other endeavors. The greatest of all time, Michael Phelps, says he'll never swim it again. Too painful. You'll hear no such talk, however, from Bel Air native Chase Kalisz. For the 20-year-old Kalisz, the 400-meter individual medley is "my baby. " Phelps will garner most of the attention Friday as he swims the 100-meter butterfly, his marquee race of the Phillips 66 National Championships.
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By Childs Walker and The Baltimore Sun | August 5, 2014
IRVINE, Calif. - Though he has swum four meets since his return to competition, Michael Phelps will gain a truer gauge of his form this week at U.S. Nationals. The event, which begins Wednesday and runs through Sunday, will bring together the nation's best swimmers as they vie for spots in the 2015 FINA World Championships in Kazan, Russia. Analysts will have their eyes on Phelps, not only to see how he fares against world-class competition but to glean a hint of which events he hopes to swim at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
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By Jeff Barker, The Baltimore Sun | August 5, 2014
Aqua Sphere CEO Don Rockwell says he had no idea that Michael Phelps , the most decorated Olympic athlete of all time, would come out of retirement when the swimming equipment manufacturer sought earlier this year to partner with him. Talk about added value. "We would have been happy to have him" even if Phelps had not created a massive buzz in the sport by returning to competitive swimming, Rockwell said Tuesday. Phelps will compete in the U.S. Swimming Championships beginning Wednesday in Irvine, Calif.
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By Paul McMullen and Paul McMullen,SUN STAFF | August 20, 2003
One in a series of occasional articles on Michael Phelps and his path to the 2004 Olympics. When he swam in the 2000 Olympics, Michael Phelps was 15, the youngest American to earn a trip to Sydney, Australia. Now that Phelps is 18 and a young man atop his sport, does he have any more input into his training routine? "Nope," Phelps said. That job belongs to his coach at the North Baltimore Aquatic Club, Bob Bowman, a bespectacled 38-year-old who has applied a rigorous regimen to a rare talent.
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By Paul McMullen and Paul McMullen,SUN STAFF | August 11, 2004
ATHENS -- When Bob Bowman was a boy, he wanted to be John Williams, the movie composer who provided the score for most of Steven Spielberg's flights of fancy. For the last two decades, Bowman has gone about becoming the next Doc Counsilman, the coach who turned Indiana University into a swim power, and Mark Spitz into the best in Olympic history. When Bowman grows up, however, he wants to be Bob Baffert. Bowman, 39, has dumped some of his disposable income into the ownership and breeding of thoroughbred horses.
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By Childs Walker and The Baltimore Sun | April 24, 2014
MESA, ARIZ. - Michael Phelps did not forget how to win races in his 20 months away from competitive swimming. In the first swim of his comeback at the Mesa Grand Prix, Phelps posted the fastest qualifying time in the 100-meter butterfly at 52.84 seconds. “I was just so excited to swim,” Phelps said. “I literally was just so excited to get in and to race. You're going to hear this word a lot, but it was fun.” His longtime rival, Ryan Lochte, finished just behind at 52.94 seconds.
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By Childs Walker, The Baltimore Sun | April 24, 2014
MESA, Ariz. - There was a time, before the 2012 Olympics, when swimming became a grim exercise for its greatest practitioner, Michael Phelps.  The pool felt like a place of obligation, not joy, and thus Phelps walked away from the sport after bringing his record gold-medal total to 18 in London. That dread was nowhere in evidence Thursday when Phelps made his triumphant return to competitive swimming after a 20-month retirement. Phelps beamed on the starting block before his first race, acknowledging the effusive roar he'd received from a sellout crowd at the Mesa Grand Prix.  Then, he showed he could still swim a little bit. In a performance that wiped away any doubts about his form, Phelps posted the day's fastest qualifying time in the 100-meter butterfly at 52.84 seconds.
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