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By Matt Vensel | July 27, 2011
Pardon the interruption, but if you need a quick break from the non-stop NFL speculation, allow me to pass along an odd story about Michael Phelps, who is having a rough week at the world swimming championships. The 14-time Olympic gold medalist finally won his first gold at the championships in Shanghai early Wednesday morning, beating Japan's Takeshi Matsuda in the 200-meter butterfly, his “ bread-and-butter event .” "I feel like I'm kind of getting back," Phelps told USA Today.
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By Jeff Barker, The Baltimore Sun | August 5, 2014
Aqua Sphere CEO Don Rockwell says he had no idea that Michael Phelps , the most decorated Olympic athlete of all time, would come out of retirement when the swimming equipment manufacturer sought earlier this year to partner with him. Talk about added value. "We would have been happy to have him" even if Phelps had not created a massive buzz in the sport by returning to competitive swimming, Rockwell said Tuesday. Phelps will compete in the U.S. Swimming Championships beginning Wednesday in Irvine, Calif.
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By Jeff Barker, The Baltimore Sun | August 5, 2014
Aqua Sphere CEO Don Rockwell says he had no idea that Michael Phelps , the most decorated Olympic athlete of all time, would come out of retirement when the swimming equipment manufacturer sought earlier this year to partner with him. Talk about added value. "We would have been happy to have him" even if Phelps had not created a massive buzz in the sport by returning to competitive swimming, Rockwell said Tuesday. Phelps will compete in the U.S. Swimming Championships beginning Wednesday in Irvine, Calif.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Janell Sutherland | November 21, 2011
You guys are not even ready for this episode. I mean, did you eat today? Then you can't handle it, come back tomorrow. [/internet time swoosh] Okay, let's just dive in. First up: the teams are still in Copenhagen. They taxi to a statue of Hans Christian Andersen. Hans has a plaque on his statue with a short poem on it, and a Roadblocking team member must memorize the poem, bike to a theater and perform the poem for a drama critic. If they mess up, or if they don't infuse it with enough drama, they must bike back to the statue and try again.
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By Paul McMullen and Paul McMullen,SUN STAFF | November 6, 2003
Speedo will announce today that it has reworked its contract with Michael Phelps, and that the world's hottest swimmer will be the company's lead endorser through the 2008 Olympics. Sources in the industry said that the multimillion-dollar deal is the richest in Speedo history, and that it could be the most lucrative swimsuit endorsement contract ever. Phelps could not be reached for comment last night. The 18-year-old from Rodgers Forge and the North Baltimore Aquatic Club is coming off a summer that experts proclaimed the best non-Olympic year by a swimmer.
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By Paul McMullen and Paul McMullen,SUN STAFF | October 4, 2001
Michael Phelps, the 16-year-old swimming sensation from the North Baltimore Aquatic Club, is turning professional. Phelps has signed an endorsement deal with Speedo, the Los Angeles-based suit manufacturer that outfits many of the world's top swimmers. "This is a very special opportunity for Michael," said Bob Bowman, his coach at the NBAC. "It will allow him to pursue his education and train in a way that will allow him to be a world-class athlete." Phelps is believed to be the youngest American male swimmer to turn pro. Bowman would not discuss financial specifics of the deal, other than to say that Speedo will pay for Phelps' college education.
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By Michael Ollove and Michael Ollove,SUN STAFF | March 10, 2004
NEW YORK - Pressure is the name of a sleek Greenwich Village nightclub that Michael Phelps, by virtue of his tender age, could not set foot into most evenings. Yesterday morning, though, there was no question of keeping out the reigning king of the competitive-swimming world, who, incidentally, is no stranger to pressure himself. If Phelps wasn't exactly the guest of honor, he was definitely the primary draw for most of those gathered here, including several journalists from across the Atlantic who came for the express purpose of gaining an audience with the man many expect to be the star of next summer's Olympics in Athens.
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By Paul McMullen and Paul McMullen,SUN STAFF | October 5, 2001
Turning professional four months past his 16th birthday is the latest first for Michael Phelps, one of the most precocious swimmers the sport has ever seen. Yesterday, Speedo formally announced an agreement that will make the North Baltimore Aquatic Club star the suit manufacturer's youngest male endorser ever. Stu Isaac, a vice president with Speedo, said the agreement is through 2005. It culminated negotiations in which Phelps was represented by Frank Morgan, a lawyer with Hodes, Ulman, Pessin & Katz.
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By Paul McMullen and Paul McMullen,SUN STAFF | November 7, 2003
Michael Phelps had a light practice with the North Baltimore Aquatic Club yesterday afternoon, but it was still a full day for the world's hottest swimmer. There was the final fitting for the tuxedo he will pack for his coming trip to Australia, where he'll compete in two meets and be a guest at that nation's annual swimmer of the year awards. There was also a chauffeured ride to the nation's capital and a later stop at the Inner Harbor, where he discussed his celebrity on CNN World Report and ESPNEWS, respectively.
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By Tanika White and Tanika White,SUN STAFF | August 20, 2004
Four gold medals and two bronze. Records set, records broken. A marvel in the water. It's no wonder Michael Phelps is the talk around the water cooler. Except swimming's not the only thing folks are talking about. Since Phelps began wowing the world from Athens, one important question about him has dominated the Olympic gossip-mill. Why on Earth does his swim suit ride so danged low? Gracious. You know you've noticed it. In newspaper and magazine photographs and on television screens, the out-of-water Phelps has given new meaning to the term low tide.
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By Matt Vensel | July 27, 2011
Pardon the interruption, but if you need a quick break from the non-stop NFL speculation, allow me to pass along an odd story about Michael Phelps, who is having a rough week at the world swimming championships. The 14-time Olympic gold medalist finally won his first gold at the championships in Shanghai early Wednesday morning, beating Japan's Takeshi Matsuda in the 200-meter butterfly, his “ bread-and-butter event .” "I feel like I'm kind of getting back," Phelps told USA Today.
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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.
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By Candus Thomson and Kevin Van Valkenburg and Candus Thomson and Kevin Van Valkenburg,Sun reporters | April 4, 2008
COLUMBUS, OHIO -- With most of the nation's best swimmers scheduled to compete at the Toyota Grand Prix here this weekend, record-breaking performances might take a back seat to the swimsuit competition. The Speedo LZR Racer, a $550 seamless, water-resistant swimsuit, has dominated pre-Olympic meets, and its use has been praised - and questioned - because of its cutting-edge technology and high price tag. Since the suit's debut in February, 18 long-course world records have fallen, 17 of them to LZR-clad athletes.
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By KEVIN VAN VALKENBURG and KEVIN VAN VALKENBURG,SUN REPORTER | January 12, 2006
The face of Towson teenage swimmer Katie Hoff could be coming to a billboard near you or popping up in commercials on your television soon, and staying there for the next decade. Speedo announced yesterday that it has signed the 16-year-old Hoff to a 10-year deal, the longest contract given to an athlete in the swimwear manufacturer's history. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Hoff's agent, Peter Carlisle, told the Associated Press that if Hoff achieves certain performance levels, the deal could reward her with seven-figure incentives.
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By KEVIN COWHERD | May 9, 2005
THIS IS how a great society erodes, when common sense goes out the window while good men and women sit by and do nothing. I speak here of Cape May, N.J. And fat guys in Speedos. And the horror that may descend this summer on that venerable seaside resort, with its stately Victorian homes, inviting beaches and laid-back -- maybe too laid-back -- citizens. OK, a bit of history is in order here. Until recently, Cape May had a wonderful law that prohibited the wearing of "skintight, form-fitting or bikini type" swimsuits -- your basic Speedos -- by any male over the age of 12. The law had been on the books for more than 30 years.
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By Tanika White and Tanika White,SUN STAFF | August 20, 2004
Four gold medals and two bronze. Records set, records broken. A marvel in the water. It's no wonder Michael Phelps is the talk around the water cooler. Except swimming's not the only thing folks are talking about. Since Phelps began wowing the world from Athens, one important question about him has dominated the Olympic gossip-mill. Why on Earth does his swim suit ride so danged low? Gracious. You know you've noticed it. In newspaper and magazine photographs and on television screens, the out-of-water Phelps has given new meaning to the term low tide.
SPORTS
By Paul McMullen and Paul McMullen,SUN STAFF | June 23, 2000
American Tom Malchow and Dutchwoman Inge de Bruijn cited the technology when they posted world records recently. When Russian Alexander Popov improved the world record in the 50-meter freestyle, he used a more traditional look, and so will everyone who competes at the U.S. Olympic swimming trials. Full-length bodysuits are the issue, and yesterday USA Swimming's board of directors voted 16-3 to ban them during its eight days of Olympic qualifying in August. The qualifiers in Indianapolis, however, will be able to use them a month later at the Games in Sydney, Australia.
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By KEVIN VAN VALKENBURG and KEVIN VAN VALKENBURG,SUN REPORTER | January 12, 2006
The face of Towson teenage swimmer Katie Hoff could be coming to a billboard near you or popping up in commercials on your television soon, and staying there for the next decade. Speedo announced yesterday that it has signed the 16-year-old Hoff to a 10-year deal, the longest contract given to an athlete in the swimwear manufacturer's history. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Hoff's agent, Peter Carlisle, told the Associated Press that if Hoff achieves certain performance levels, the deal could reward her with seven-figure incentives.
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By Michael Ollove and Michael Ollove,SUN STAFF | March 10, 2004
NEW YORK - Pressure is the name of a sleek Greenwich Village nightclub that Michael Phelps, by virtue of his tender age, could not set foot into most evenings. Yesterday morning, though, there was no question of keeping out the reigning king of the competitive-swimming world, who, incidentally, is no stranger to pressure himself. If Phelps wasn't exactly the guest of honor, he was definitely the primary draw for most of those gathered here, including several journalists from across the Atlantic who came for the express purpose of gaining an audience with the man many expect to be the star of next summer's Olympics in Athens.
SPORTS
By Paul McMullen and Paul McMullen,SUN STAFF | November 7, 2003
Michael Phelps had a light practice with the North Baltimore Aquatic Club yesterday afternoon, but it was still a full day for the world's hottest swimmer. There was the final fitting for the tuxedo he will pack for his coming trip to Australia, where he'll compete in two meets and be a guest at that nation's annual swimmer of the year awards. There was also a chauffeured ride to the nation's capital and a later stop at the Inner Harbor, where he discussed his celebrity on CNN World Report and ESPNEWS, respectively.
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