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.
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.
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.
May 17, 2013
He's back ... unless he's not. Rumors that Michael Phelps, already the most decorated Olympian, is planning to come out of retirement sent the swimming community abuzz Friday night. Phelps, the Baltimore native who retired with a lifetime 22 medals, 18 of them gold after the 2012 London Games, threw some water on the notion that spread after a blogger and a Florida television station said he was headed back to the pool. "Why do I keep getting texts about coming back? Do [people]
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.
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.