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By Don Markus and Don Markus,SUN STAFF | July 30, 1996
ATLANTA -- Michael Johnson won another race last night at Olympic Stadium. He broke another record. And he earned his first individual Olympic gold medal. As usual, it was almost too easy for him.Now comes the hard part.Johnson's victory was his 55th straight in a 400-meter final. But his time of 43.49 seconds, which was an Olympic record but not a world record, indicated to some that going after a piece of track-and-field history is more important than the record to the 28-year-old from Dallas.
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By Jean Marbella and Mike Klingaman, The Baltimore Sun | April 14, 2014
Less than two years after he retired as the most decorated Olympian ever, Michael Phelps is diving back into competition next week - a move that could lead the Baltimore swimmer to his fifth Summer Games in 2016. Phelps will compete in the Arena Grand Prix, held in Mesa, Ariz., from April 24 to 26, USA Swimming announced Monday. It is his first competition since the London 2012 Games that brought his total medal count to 22, 18 of them gold. "The One has returned," swimming analyst Mel Stewart said, in what was typical of the delighted response to Phelps' decision.
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By Paul McMullen and Paul McMullen,SUN STAFF | September 18, 2000
SYDNEY, Australia - He walked onto the biggest swimming stage ever constructed wearing mittens, his customary headphones and a look of apprehension. Michael Phelps climbed out of his first dip into the Sydney International Aquatic Centre with no worries, as he won his preliminary of the 200-meter butterfly at the Olympics with a time bested by only two others in the 46-man field. A 15-year-old from Rodgers Forge who is the youngest member of the U.S. men's swimming team since 1932, Phelps is poised to write additional history.
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Tribune Newspapers | August 2, 2012
As if the U.S. needed to shoot well, too. They're already the top men's basketball team in the Olympics, able to drive and dunk and put up a display better than anybody. So they drove a stake through Nigeria in a preliminary game, 156-73, making a massive number of 3-pointers Thursday and smashing the Olympic record for points in a game. Carmelo Anthony (Towson Catholic) scored 37 points, the most ever for a U.S. player in the Olympics, and set another U.S. Olympic record by making 10 3-pointers (he needed only 12 attempts)
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The Baltimore Sun | July 29, 2012
Allison Schmitt, who trains out of the North Baltimore Aquatic Center, was narrowly edged in the 400 freestyle today by France's Camille Muffat. Britain's Rebecca Adlington took the bronze. Muffat's 4:01.45, an Olympic record, beat Schmitt by .32. Adlington's bronze is the first swimming medal of these Olympics for the host country. The favored Muffat went out fast and hung on as Schmitt stayed close throughout the race.  
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August 22, 2004
Saturday, Aug. 14 Michael Phelps' delivered the United States' first gold medal of the Athens Olympics, shaking off his nerves to win the 400-meter individual medley. He enjoyed the victory even more because teammate Erik Vendt won the silver. 400 individual medley Preliminary 1. Michael Phelps, United States, 4:13.29 2. Laszio Cseh, Hungary, 4:14.26 3. Alessio Boggiatto, Italy, 4:15.78 Final 1. Michael Phelps, United States, 4:08.26* 2. Erik Vendt, United States, 4:11.81 3. Laszio, Cseh, Hungary, 4:12.
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By Bill Glauber and Bill Glauber,Staff Writer | August 6, 1992
BARCELONA, Spain -- He hated the race. Hated it so much that when a coach told him to run the 400 meters, he sprinted to the football field. Hated it even more when on a hot night in Tokyo, he crossed the finish line and got so sick that his jaw became dislocated."
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By KNIGHT-RIDDER NEWS SERVICE | July 28, 1996
ATLANTA -- Denied in one final attempt to win a medal for the marksmanship unit at Fort Benning, Ga., Rob Harbison at least can say he fired the last shot of the Olympic shooting competition.After making the final eight in three-position rifle, his second final of the Games, Harbison, formerly of Fallston, Md., was in medal ** contention until the end of the 10-shot final. On his final shot, Harbison's 8.5 dropped him into a tie for fifth with Jozef Gonci of Slovakia.Gonci fired first in the shoot-off, scoring a 10.0 (10.9 is a perfect shot)
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Tribune Newspapers | August 2, 2012
As if the U.S. needed to shoot well, too. They're already the top men's basketball team in the Olympics, able to drive and dunk and put up a display better than anybody. So they drove a stake through Nigeria in a preliminary game, 156-73, making a massive number of 3-pointers Thursday and smashing the Olympic record for points in a game. Carmelo Anthony (Towson Catholic) scored 37 points, the most ever for a U.S. player in the Olympics, and set another U.S. Olympic record by making 10 3-pointers (he needed only 12 attempts)
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August 16, 2008
BEIJING - A champion like none other, and a win like none before. Seven down. One to go. But boy, was Michael Phelps' seventh gold medal of these Olympics a jaw-dropper. An athlete who swallows nails for breakfast had the entire world chewing on theirs for 50.58 seconds of the 100-meter butterfly. Swimming in seventh place at the halfway point, Phelps bounced off the wall and shot through the field, using one final stroke to push himself to gold, besting Serbia's Milorad Cavic by less than a .01 of a second.
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Baltimore Sun staff | August 2, 2012
With Michael Phelps' script calling for him to exit pool left after these Games, every day brings another last - of a particular race, for example, or a final matchup against a worthy rival. But even after four Olympics, Phelps is finding firsts. Thursday night, he became the first male swimmer to win the same event in three consecutive Olympics - the 200-meter individual medley. It may be a rather nuanced title, full of qualifications, compared to those he already has after his name, such as the most-decorated Olympian moniker earned Tuesday night.
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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.
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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.
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The Baltimore Sun | July 29, 2012
Allison Schmitt, who trains out of the North Baltimore Aquatic Center, was narrowly edged in the 400 freestyle today by France's Camille Muffat. Britain's Rebecca Adlington took the bronze. Muffat's 4:01.45, an Olympic record, beat Schmitt by .32. Adlington's bronze is the first swimming medal of these Olympics for the host country. The favored Muffat went out fast and hung on as Schmitt stayed close throughout the race.  
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Dan Rodricks | July 25, 2012
As the Summer Olympics commence, Tom Carson and I raise a glass at the Swallow at The Hollow in Baltimore to Ray Ewry (pronounced Yew-ree), because attention must be paid: Tom's grandfather set a record in London in 1908 that the great Michael Phelps could reach in London in 2012, and such things have meaning across the ages. But before we go on, a clarification: Depending on how you count them, Ray Ewry won either eight or 10 individual gold medals as an amazing Olympic jumper — the Human Frog, they called him — early in the 20th century.
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August 16, 2008
BEIJING - A champion like none other, and a win like none before. Seven down. One to go. But boy, was Michael Phelps' seventh gold medal of these Olympics a jaw-dropper. An athlete who swallows nails for breakfast had the entire world chewing on theirs for 50.58 seconds of the 100-meter butterfly. Swimming in seventh place at the halfway point, Phelps bounced off the wall and shot through the field, using one final stroke to push himself to gold, besting Serbia's Milorad Cavic by less than a .01 of a second.
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By Bill Glauber and Bill Glauber,SUN FOREIGN STAFF | February 12, 1998
NAGANO, Japan -- Kirstin Holum is an artist and an athlete. She uses paints and oils to create wonderful portraits. She laces up a pair of "clap skates" and winds around a speed skating oval in a battle against time.Her twin talents converged yesterday at the Winter Olympics.In the morning, the 17-year-old from Waukesha, Wis., received an e-mail, notifying her that she had been accepted next fall to attend the Maryland Institute of Art. With applications in at three other schools, Holum is still unsure of her autumn destination.
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By Candus Thomson and Candus Thomson,SUN STAFF | February 19, 2002
SALT LAKE CITY - J.P. Shilling caught the eyes of skating coaches on a Christmas outing with his family 24 years ago. "Someone from the [Maryland] speed skating association saw us at the Northwest Ice Rink," recalls his mother, Joan Clark. "They saw a nice family out together, but they also saw a little boy who could fly." The speedy boy from Baltimore has become an Olympic skater who will test the world's best tonight in the 1,500-meter long-track event. Shilling made the team by one-hundredth of a second during skating trials here in January, beating fellow Marylander Chris Callis.
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August 22, 2004
Saturday, Aug. 14 Michael Phelps' delivered the United States' first gold medal of the Athens Olympics, shaking off his nerves to win the 400-meter individual medley. He enjoyed the victory even more because teammate Erik Vendt won the silver. 400 individual medley Preliminary 1. Michael Phelps, United States, 4:13.29 2. Laszio Cseh, Hungary, 4:14.26 3. Alessio Boggiatto, Italy, 4:15.78 Final 1. Michael Phelps, United States, 4:08.26* 2. Erik Vendt, United States, 4:11.81 3. Laszio, Cseh, Hungary, 4:12.
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By Olga Connolly and Olga Connolly,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | July 3, 2004
Guest writer Olga Connolly, then known as Olga Fikotova, won a gold medal in the discus for Czechoslovakia in the 1956 Summer Olympics and, more famously, was involved in an Olympic Village romance with U.S. hammer thrower Harold Connolly. That resulted in a marriage that lasted until 1973. She became a U.S. citizen and lives in California. In the 1956 Summer Olympics, I represented Czechoslovakia. In four subsequent Olympics, I represented the United States. In this special year, when the ancient Games of Peace return to Athens, I offer my Independence Day story.
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