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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
By Elizabeth Heubeck | August 12, 2012
As a plodding lap swimmer at Meadowbrook, the Mt. Washington pool where Michael Phelps has trained for almost two decades, I've been watching the phenom swimmer at close range since he was 14 or so. In that time, I've witnessed - along with scores of other equally mesmerized members of the pool - Mr. Phelps' metamorphosis, from gangly and at times ornery adolescent, to incredibly focused young man, to star-studded jocular veteran of the sport, to...
FEATURES
By Jill Rosen and The Baltimore Sun | June 5, 2012
The only one coming out of the 2008 Olympics with anything close to Michael Phelps' star power was his mother, Debbie Phelps. Caught repeatedly on camera at the sidelines rooting for her son -- and tearing up unselfconsciously as he inched closer to Olympics history, Debbie Phelps, a full-time middle school principal, became America's Everymom, and ended the event not only with a book deal, but an arrangement to promote her favorite clothing store,...
SPORTS
By Matt Vensel | July 21, 2011
Michael Phelps may or may not be the best swimmer in the world -- fellow American Ryan Lochte has closed the gap since Beijing , though we have yet to see a focused Phelps -- but when it comes to getting paid to film commercials about swimming, no one can touch the 14-time Olympic gold medalist from Rodgers Forge. His latest commercial is for Speedo International, but thankfully, Phelps isn't actually wearing a Speedo. Instead, he walks down a pier on a gloomy day in Baltimore.
FEATURES
By Jill Rosen and The Baltimore Sun | January 9, 2013
Fiscal cliff is so last year. In 2013, it's all about the trillion-dollar coin. And there's at least one news outlet campaigning for the dream coin to feature Michael Phelps. If you haven't been paying attention, the idea of a trillion dollar coin -- apparently like a silver dollar but A LOT heavier -- is gaining some degree of traction in Washington as lawmakers kick around ways to fix the ginormous national debt. A legal loophole would allow the U.S. Treasury to make huge-value coins.
FEATURES
By Jill Rosen and The Baltimore Sun | July 10, 2012
Michael Phelps has earned magazine gold: the cover of Details magazine. The Olympian strikes a pose, bare-chested and in jeans, for the magazine's August issue. The headline on the story is "Michael Phelps: The Greatest American Hero. " If there's a shocker in the Q&A style interview, it's Phelps revealing he gained 25 pounds after he made history winning eight gold medals at the Beijing Olympics. A friend of his, perhaps half-jokingly, called him "fat. " "A friend of mine and I were playing football on the beach in Miami, and somebody got a picture of us and put it all over the place," Phelps told Details.
FEATURES
By Jill Rosen and The Baltimore Sun | November 29, 2012
Michael Phelps surprised his best friend and roommate earlier this week by dropping into his poker match in Montreal. "Pumped for the kid today!!" Phelps Tweeted when he arrived at the World Poker Tour competition to support Jeff Gross. "Just surprised him for the final 6 of the #wptmontreal. " Phelps later said in an interview with WPT.com that he had to be there for his buddy. "Gotta support the kid," he told WPT. "Jeff has been my best friend for a long time. I know how excited he is about tonight.
FEATURES
By Jill Rosen and The Baltimore Sun | July 25, 2012
The official Olympics athlete shots are out and let's just say if they offered a medal in rolling out of bed, throwing on last night's clothes and showing up for a photo shoot, Michael Phelps would likely win. His Olympics 2012 photograph looks like a promo poster for "The Hangover. " His beard is straggly. He's not smiling. To call his hair messy would be a cop out -- bed head is more like it. In all, the mugshot looks more like something that would be taken after an arrest than before an Olympics.
SPORTS
By Matt Vensel, The Baltimore Sun | September 10, 2012
A day after the Ravens were visited by boxing legend Muhammad Ali at their practice facility in Owings Mills, they hosted another one of the greatest athletes in modern history at Monday night's season opener at M&T Bank Stadium. Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps stood on the sideline and watched pregame warm-ups. And as they headed into the tunnel to make final preparations, he slapped hands with running back Ray Rice. Ali also attended the game and watched from a private suite. He apparently left before halftime.
SPORTS
The Baltimore Sun | August 11, 2012
We know what Michael Phelps is going to do next. Golf anyone? Fresh off of winning six medals at the London Olympics, Phelps is going to tackle the world's best golf courses with help from the Golf Channel. The Baltimore swimmer, who says he has retired from competitive swimming after winning 22 career medals, including 18 golds, will learn the game from Tiger Woods' former coach, Hank Haney, as the next student on "The Haney Project," a Golf Channel show. Phelps and Golf Channel president Mike McCarley made the announcement Saturday . Past pupils on Haney's show have included former NBA star Charles Barkley, Maroon 5 singer Adam Levine and actor Ray Romano, according to the network.
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