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December 3, 2012
The human fish from Rodgers Forge was not supposed to be the star of the 2012 London Olympics. American Ryan Lochte was expected to break out of Michael Phelps' shadow, and in the run-up to the games, one of Mr. Phelps' other teammates publicly criticized his work ethic. And when the games began, it looked like the doubters might be right. After his stunning, eight-gold-medal performance in Beijing in 2008, Michael Phelps looked flat and listless in his first final of the Games, the 400 individual medley, an event he had once dominated.
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NEWS
December 3, 2012
The human fish from Rodgers Forge was not supposed to be the star of the 2012 London Olympics. American Ryan Lochte was expected to break out of Michael Phelps' shadow, and in the run-up to the games, one of Mr. Phelps' other teammates publicly criticized his work ethic. And when the games began, it looked like the doubters might be right. After his stunning, eight-gold-medal performance in Beijing in 2008, Michael Phelps looked flat and listless in his first final of the Games, the 400 individual medley, an event he had once dominated.
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NEWS
July 26, 2012
For Baltimore area swimmers between the ages of 8 and 18, the last weekend of July is always an important time. It marks the end of the summer swim team season, as thousands of youngsters compete in divisional championships with trophies, ribbons and bragging rights around their respective neighborhood swim clubs at stake. This year, as the youngsters climb the blocks (or, in the case of backstroke, jump into the pool) you can bet there will be one swimmer above all in their minds: Baltimore's own Michael Phelps , the greatest swimmer and perhaps the greatest Olympic athlete of all time.
BUSINESS
By Chris Korman | August 20, 2012
Soaking in a bath tub, Michael Phelps wears nothing but a small swimsuit, a pair of goggles atop his head and a stern look. Next to him, a pair of blue jeans spills from a Louis Vuitton bag. It marks a sophisticated turn as a pitchman for the Baltimore swimmer fresh off setting a record for the most Olympic medals earned in a career. But there's speculation his appearance in an advertising campaign shot by famed photographer Annie Leibovitz for the high-end designer's latest campaign could run him afoul of International Olympic Committee rules.
BUSINESS
By Chris Korman | August 20, 2012
Soaking in a bath tub, Michael Phelps wears nothing but a small swimsuit, a pair of goggles atop his head and a stern look. Next to him, a pair of blue jeans spills from a Louis Vuitton bag. It marks a sophisticated turn as a pitchman for the Baltimore swimmer fresh off setting a record for the most Olympic medals earned in a career. But there's speculation his appearance in an advertising campaign shot by famed photographer Annie Leibovitz for the high-end designer's latest campaign could run him afoul of International Olympic Committee rules.
SPORTS
By Jean Marbella and The Baltimore Sun | July 30, 2012
Bouncing back from a lackluster beginning to his final Games, Michael Phelps could add two new superlatives to his already glittering Olympic legacy as early as Tuesday. When Phelps climbs on the starting blocks for Tuesday night's 200-meter butterfly, he will be chasing gold as he always does. While these games have seen him fall short of that --– he left empty-handed from Saturday's 400-meter individual medley and won silver in Sunday's 400-meter freestyle –-- any color medal will tie him with the woman who is currently the most decorated Olympian ever.
SPORTS
By Everett Cook and The Baltimore Sun | August 1, 2012
After Michael Phelps won his record-breaking 19th Olympic medal last night, London Games chief Sebastian Coe said that the Baltimore swimmer " probably isn't " the greatest Olympian of all time. Phelps passed Soviet gymnast Larisa Latynina's 18 medals Tuesday night after the United States won gold in the 4x200-meter freestyle relay. “I think you can say it is self-evident that he is the most successful. I am not sure he is the greatest,” Coe said. "It is a pretty good haul, but who is the greatest?
SPORTS
By Jean Marbella and The Baltimore Sun | July 31, 2012
Michael Phelps  won a silver medal today in the 200-meter butterfly to join a Russian gymnast as the most-decorated Olympians of all time. Winning his 18th medal tied Phelps with Larisa Latynina, now 77, a Soviet-era gymnast who for 48 years has held the record for most Olympic hardware. With one more medal, which could come later today when he swims as part of the 800-meter freestyle relay, Phelps will own the record outright. After a slow start to his fourth and final Games, medaling in the 200 butterfly, perhaps his most iconic event, marked a return to the Phelps of yore, when seemingly any time he dove into a pool he emerged with more metal -- most often, gold.
SPORTS
Baltimore Sun staff | July 31, 2012
The U.S. 4x200 freestyle relay team posted the fastest qualifying time this morning at the Aquatic Centre in London, giving Michael Phelps a chance to break Soviet Union gymnast Larisa Latynina's record for career Olympic medals today. That's assuming that the Baltimore swimmer medals in his signature event, the 200-meter butterfly, about an hour before the relay finals are scheduled. The butterfly final is expected to start around 2:49 p.m. local time with the relay at 3:51 p.m. A medal in the 200 fly would tie Phelps with Latynina at 18 medals.
SPORTS
By Jean Marbella and By Jean Marbella | August 1, 2012
The morning after he became the most decorated Olympian ever, after answering congratulatory tweets from President Obama and fellow Baltimorean Josh Charles among others, Michael Phelps was back in the pool Wednesday morning, swimming fast enough to qualify as the fourth seed in tonight's 200-meter individual medley. His American rival Ryan Lochte is seeded second to preliminary heats' winner Laszlo Cseh of Hungary. Lochte earlier in the morning qualified for the 200-meter backstroke semifinals tonight, placing second to teammate Tyler Clary's first.
SPORTS
By Jean Marbella and The Baltimore Sun | July 30, 2012
Bouncing back from a lackluster beginning to his final Games, Michael Phelps could add two new superlatives to his already glittering Olympic legacy as early as Tuesday. When Phelps climbs on the starting blocks for Tuesday night's 200-meter butterfly, he will be chasing gold as he always does. While these games have seen him fall short of that --– he left empty-handed from Saturday's 400-meter individual medley and won silver in Sunday's 400-meter freestyle –-- any color medal will tie him with the woman who is currently the most decorated Olympian ever.
NEWS
July 26, 2012
For Baltimore area swimmers between the ages of 8 and 18, the last weekend of July is always an important time. It marks the end of the summer swim team season, as thousands of youngsters compete in divisional championships with trophies, ribbons and bragging rights around their respective neighborhood swim clubs at stake. This year, as the youngsters climb the blocks (or, in the case of backstroke, jump into the pool) you can bet there will be one swimmer above all in their minds: Baltimore's own Michael Phelps , the greatest swimmer and perhaps the greatest Olympic athlete of all time.
SPORTS
Peter Schmuck | August 4, 2012
It could have been a little more dramatic. Michael Phelps could have made us wait until the weekend to watch him win his historic 19th medal and become the most-decorated athlete in the modern history of the Olympic Games, but no matter. Baltimore's own stands alone. The only real suspense on Tuesday came when he was out-touched in the final of the 200 butterfly an hour before he would win gold in the 4x200 free relay, and even the brief disappointment of that silver medal pushed the greatest swimmer the world has ever seen one step closer to the top of, well, Mount Olympus.
SPORTS
By Jean Marbella and The Baltimore Sun | July 28, 2012
Michael Phelps barely slipped into Saturday night's final for the 400-meter individual medley, coming in eighth in the morning preliminary heats that launched the first full day of Olympic competition -- and his own fourth and final Games. "The only thing that matters is to get a spot" in the evening finals, Phelps said of the swim that will put him in a far outside lane, rather than the center to which he has become accustomed. Ryan Lochte came in third, with his much vaunted rivalry with Phelps taking a backseat at least in the morning preliminaries, to swimmers of other countries:Japan'sKosuke Hagine andSouth Africa'sChad leClose came in first and second.
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