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By MIKE LITTWIN | March 11, 1994
I hope I'm up-to-date on this, because the Nancy Kerrigan affair has had more twists and turns than a triple Salchow. But the way I understand it, we hate Nancy now.That's right, isn't it?According to my sources on the street, as of late yesterday, she's a poor loser, a whiner, snippy and has said bad things about Mickey Mouse.And we thought she was . . . perfect?We did.We thought so because she got whacked on the knee and, well, that's the only reason. The knee-whacking made her a hero. We loved her for it. It wasn't the skating.
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From Sun staff reports | July 12, 2012
In what everyone wants to be the final words on the brouhaha over Tyler Clary's takedown of Michael Phelps ' work habits, both swimmers addressed the issue on Thursday. The short version: Clary said, my bad. Phelps said, whatever. The long version, according to news reports from Knoxville, where the Olympics-bound swim team has been training at the University of Tennessee natatorium, is that the two cleared the air and that they're focused on beating up on the rest of the world at the Games in London rather than each other.
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By Paul McMullen and Paul McMullen,SUN STAFF | August 13, 2003
First in a series of occasional articles on Michael Phelps and his path to the 2004 Olympics. Swimmers around the world want to catch Michael Phelps. He's chasing an Olympic legend. One year from today, the 2004 games will commence in Athens, Greece, the homeland of the ancient Olympics and the host nation when the movement was revived in 1896 as an international sports festival. The greatest modern Olympic achievement occurred in 1972, when American swimmer Mark Spitz won a record seven gold medals in Munich, West Germany.
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By Sports Digest | November 12, 2009
Mark Spitz says he's not bitter about losing swimming's most sacred record to Michael Phelps , who 15 months ago cemented a spot in Olympic history with eight gold medals, one more than Spitz won in 1972. "It's sort of like I'm the first man on the moon," Spitz said. "He's the second man on the moon. He collected more rocks." Phelps of Baltimore also is collecting scrutiny. "Of course, there's a lot of pressure," Spitz said. He said, "Michael is not a perfect person, and neither am I," a reference to Phelps' having been photographed last November inhaling from a marijuana pipe.
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By Sports Digest | November 12, 2009
Mark Spitz says he's not bitter about losing swimming's most sacred record to Michael Phelps , who 15 months ago cemented a spot in Olympic history with eight gold medals, one more than Spitz won in 1972. "It's sort of like I'm the first man on the moon," Spitz said. "He's the second man on the moon. He collected more rocks." Phelps of Baltimore also is collecting scrutiny. "Of course, there's a lot of pressure," Spitz said. He said, "Michael is not a perfect person, and neither am I," a reference to Phelps' having been photographed last November inhaling from a marijuana pipe.
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By Paul McMullen and Paul McMullen,SUN STAFF | August 20, 2004
ATHENS -- Gary Hall Jr. will try to repeat today as the Olympic champion in swimming's 50-meter freestyle. After yesterday's semifinals, he voiced his frustration at losing a spot on the American 400 freestyle relay to Michael Phelps. Having never lost in the Olympics before Hall anchored a silver-medal effort four years ago in Sydney, that American relay took a shocking bronze Sunday. The outcome put a serious dent in Phelps' chances of matching Mark Spitz's seven gold medals, and it hurt Hall, too. Phelps did not swim the 100 freestyle at the U.S. trials.
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By Paul McMullen and Paul McMullen,SUN STAFF | August 13, 2004
ATHENS - There is so much to compare and contrast between Mark Spitz and Michael Phelps: money, motivation and one deadly matter. Fear of terrorism has hung over these Games, a bleak bookend to Phelps and his chase after history, the seven gold medals won by Mark Spitz at the Munich Olympics. That haul was completed on the evening of Sept. 4, 1972. Hours later, members of a Palestinian organization called Black September sneaked into the athletes' village and took Israeli team members hostage.
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From Sun staff reports | July 12, 2012
In what everyone wants to be the final words on the brouhaha over Tyler Clary's takedown of Michael Phelps ' work habits, both swimmers addressed the issue on Thursday. The short version: Clary said, my bad. Phelps said, whatever. The long version, according to news reports from Knoxville, where the Olympics-bound swim team has been training at the University of Tennessee natatorium, is that the two cleared the air and that they're focused on beating up on the rest of the world at the Games in London rather than each other.
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By RICK MAESE | August 18, 2008
BEIJING - One morning last week, Michael Phelps and his coach had just finished breakfast. They typically avoided talk of swimming on such mornings, usually preferring to chat about basketball or some other topic that might help keep Phelps loose. A date with destiny loomed at the Water Cube, and the pair went to the shuttle stop at the Olympic Village - only to find a shuttle bus pulling away. Bowman wasted no time. The bus would have to pull U-turn and drive past them, so Bowman prodded the best Olympian the Games have ever known to jump in front of a moving vehicle.
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By Paul McMullen and Paul McMullen,SUN STAFF | August 17, 2004
ATHENS - His chase of Mark Spitz is done, but Michael Phelps isn't. A year out of Towson High and a stroke or two from Olympic legend status, Phelps took a bronze medal in last night's 200-meter freestyle. Phelps was beaten by a savvy Australian and a veteran from the Netherlands. The result means he won't match the seven gold medals Spitz won in Munich, Germany, in 1972, the benchmark for Summer Olympic excellence. However, Phelps is still on track to make history of his own. Spitz won four individual events in Munich.
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By Kevin Van Valkenburg and Kevin Van Valkenburg,kevin.vanvalkenburg@baltsun.com | December 3, 2008
Even though Michael Phelps is taking a break from the pool, he's still picking up honors. The Rodgers Forge native yesterday became the first swimmer named Sports Illustrated's Sportsman of the Year. He's just the third athlete from Maryland to be so honored. Phelps - who appears on the cover of the magazine in a soaking wet tuxedo with his coat draped over his shoulder - is the sixth Olympian selected by the magazine, which has handed out the honor every year since 1954, when runner Roger Bannister won the award.
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August 24, 2008
Seventh gold: 100 fly -- Aug. 16 So much history can be decided by fractions of a second in swimming. But never in the history of the sport has so much been at stake with so little time as there was today in the 100-meter butterfly. Michael Phelps should not have won. It looked, from every angle, as if he did not win. But somehow, by .01 of a second, he did. In what will almost certainly go down as the most dramatic -- and perhaps most controversial -- race of Phelps' career, he out-touched Serbia's Milorad Cavic to win his seventh gold medal.
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By RICK MAESE | August 18, 2008
BEIJING - One morning last week, Michael Phelps and his coach had just finished breakfast. They typically avoided talk of swimming on such mornings, usually preferring to chat about basketball or some other topic that might help keep Phelps loose. A date with destiny loomed at the Water Cube, and the pair went to the shuttle stop at the Olympic Village - only to find a shuttle bus pulling away. Bowman wasted no time. The bus would have to pull U-turn and drive past them, so Bowman prodded the best Olympian the Games have ever known to jump in front of a moving vehicle.
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By Paul McMullen and Paul McMullen,SUN STAFF | August 20, 2004
ATHENS -- Gary Hall Jr. will try to repeat today as the Olympic champion in swimming's 50-meter freestyle. After yesterday's semifinals, he voiced his frustration at losing a spot on the American 400 freestyle relay to Michael Phelps. Having never lost in the Olympics before Hall anchored a silver-medal effort four years ago in Sydney, that American relay took a shocking bronze Sunday. The outcome put a serious dent in Phelps' chances of matching Mark Spitz's seven gold medals, and it hurt Hall, too. Phelps did not swim the 100 freestyle at the U.S. trials.
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By David Folkenflik and David Folkenflik,SUN STAFF | August 19, 2004
Michael Phelps? Perhaps you haven't heard of him. That is, you might not have heard of the teenage swimming champ from Towson if you've been avoiding The Sun, The Washington Post, Time magazine, or USA Today, and also if you determinedly ignored NBC or any of its sister cable stations carrying the Athens Olympics. Phelps was challenging - almost dead-certain to break, really - Mark Spitz's record-setting total of seven gold medals from 1972, to listen to all the stories. Except it didn't happen.
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By Paul McMullen and Paul McMullen,SUN STAFF | August 17, 2004
ATHENS - His chase of Mark Spitz is done, but Michael Phelps isn't. A year out of Towson High and a stroke or two from Olympic legend status, Phelps took a bronze medal in last night's 200-meter freestyle. Phelps was beaten by a savvy Australian and a veteran from the Netherlands. The result means he won't match the seven gold medals Spitz won in Munich, Germany, in 1972, the benchmark for Summer Olympic excellence. However, Phelps is still on track to make history of his own. Spitz won four individual events in Munich.
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By Paul McMullen and Baltimore Sun reporter | August 17, 2004
His chase of Mark Spitz is done, but Michael Phelps isn't. A year out of Towson High and a stroke or two from Olympic legend status, Phelps took a bronze medal in last night's 200-meter freestyle.Phelps was beaten by a savvy Australian and a veteran from the Netherlands. The result means he won't match the seven gold medals Spitz won in Munich, Germany, in 1972, the benchmark for Summer Olympic excellence. However, Phelps is still on track to make history of his own. Spitz won four individual events in Munich.
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By Jennifer McMenamin and Jennifer McMenamin,SUN STAFF | August 15, 2004
Janice Damon spent nearly an hour yesterday - waiting and watching in the basement of her home in Stoneleigh with a crowd of friends, family and neighbors - for what she had thought would be NBC's afternoon airing of Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps' first shot at a gold medal. They flipped through NBC's cable channels. They played a taped version of what had been on television while they were flipping channels. They even tried calling the local station. No luck. Then, from the back of the basement, where he was hunched over his laptop computer, Damon's husband, Jay, announced that he had found race results on the Internet and wondered aloud whether anyone else wanted to know what had happened.
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By Baltimoresun.com Staff | August 17, 2004
WYPR FM's interview with Sun sports columnist Laura Vecsey. Originally aired August 17, 2004. Andy Bienstock, WYPR: At the Athens Olympics, Baltimore swimmer Michael Phelps rebounded from yesterday's bronze medals by taking two golds. One in the 200 meter butterfly, and one as part of the American 4 x 200 meter relay team. After the relay we caught up with Sun columnist Laura Vecsey, who's been following Phelps's progress. Laura Vecsey: He's doing what he should do. He led off the 4 x 200 relay to give the Americans a pretty good lead.
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By Paul McMullen and Baltimore Sun reporter | August 17, 2004
His chase of Mark Spitz is done, but Michael Phelps isn't. A year out of Towson High and a stroke or two from Olympic legend status, Phelps took a bronze medal in last night's 200-meter freestyle.Phelps was beaten by a savvy Australian and a veteran from the Netherlands. The result means he won't match the seven gold medals Spitz won in Munich, Germany, in 1972, the benchmark for Summer Olympic excellence. However, Phelps is still on track to make history of his own. Spitz won four individual events in Munich.
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