Michael Phelps – swimmer, was born on June 30, 1985 in the city of Baltimore, Maryland. The biography of Michael Phelps is best known as the history of an athlete who won eight gold medals at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
American swimmer Phelps won 14 gold Olympic medals, more than anyone else. During his career he earned 16 gold medals: 8 of them at the Beijing Olympics, six gold medals, two bronze medals at the 2004 Olympics in Athens.
When the athlete was only 15, he was already a member of the American team at the Olympic Games in Sydney. He became the fifth at a distance of 200m butterfly. The appearance of Phelps at those competitions made him the youngest Olympic athlete since the times of 1932. Then the 14-year-old Japanese Katsuo Kitamura won the free-style swim 1500 m.
Phelps specializes in short distances – 100, 400 meters. Records, world records and awards, established and received during the biography of Phelps are numerous. His first world record was set by the athlete at the age of 15. Six times Phelps was named the best swimmer of the year: from 2001 to 2007.
At the 2003 championship in Barcelona, he set five world records at once. At the 2008 Olympics, Phelps participated in eight different categories, each winning a gold medal. Among them there were swings at 400 m, 200 m freestyle.
Additional information: The height of Michael is 193 cm, while he has 47 foot size. In 2003, in the biography of Michael Phelps, the Sullivan Award was won. Then he was named the best amateur athlete in the US. Gymnast Larisa Latynina holds the record for the number of Olympic medals. She won 6 medals at the Olympics in 1956, 1960, and 1964.
Phelps entered the University of Michigan, but could not go swimming there, he signed a sponsorship deal with the company-manufacturer of costumes for swimming Speedo. A little later, he received a cash award of $ 1 million from Speedo for the earned 8 medals at the Beijing Olympics. According to “The San Francisco Chronicle” fans in Beijing called Phelps “semi-human, half-fish.”
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