Michael Phelps Trivia

Michael Fred Phelps II (born June 30, 1985) is an American swimmer and the most decorated Olympian of all time, with a total of 22 medals. Phelps also holds the all-time records for Olympic gold medals , Olympic gold medals in individual events, and Olympic medals in individual events for a male . In winning eight gold medals at the 2008 Beijing Games, Phelps took the record for the most first-place finishes at any single Olympic Games. Five of those victories were in individual events, tying the single Games record. In the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Phelps won four golds and two silver medals, making him the most successful athlete of the Games for the third Olympics in a row

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Michael Phelps Trivia:

Siblings: 2 sisters, Whitney Phelps (born in 1978) and Hilary Phelps (born in 1980).

Parents: Fred and Debbie Phelps (divorced).

He won 6 gold and 2 bronze medals at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece.

Sponsors: Speedo, Omega, AT&T, Powerbar, Visa, Argent Mortgage

He was the youngest male Olympian since 1932 (he was only 15 when he made it in the 2000 Olympics).

Has a street named after him in his hometown Towson, Maryland.

First person under one minute and 55 seconds in 200m fly with world record swim.

His sister, Whitney Phelps, was a member of the 1995 World Championship team.

Became the youngest male swimmer ever to set a world record at the age of 15 years and nine months, breaking the record in the 200m butterfly.

Michael Phelps attended the University of Michigan (2004)

“Phelps Flys”, winning 8 medals at the 2004 Olympics, was ranked #17 in TV Guide’s list of the “25 Most Awesome Sports Moments (of the last 15 years)”. [17 July 2005 issue]

Winner of the “Sports – Choice Athlete (male)” category at the 2005 Teen Choice Awards.

His feet have been referred to as “fins” by the media, because he wears a size 14 shoe. His wing span measures in at 6 foot 7 inches.

Michael Phelps graduated from Towson High School (2003).

World Swimmer of the Year in 2003, 2004 and 2006.

Has won 17 titles at World Championships between 2001 and 2007.

Grew up in the Rodgers Forge section of Towson, Maryland, just outside of Baltimore.

Made history at the Beijing Olympic Games when he became the first athlete in history to win 8 gold medals at a single Olympic game. He also broke the record for the most Olympic medals won, bring his total from his 3 Olympic appearances to 16.

He has the prototypical swimmer body, he has an extremely long torso; that of a 6 foot 8 person. Whereas his legs are shorter, only that of a 6 foot person. This helps him keep his head above water in his signature event, the 100M butterfly.

Swims about five hours a day and eats up to 10,000 calories a day.

Has double-jointed knees and elbows, which plays a role in his famous dolphin-like kick in the water.

Phelps came in second to Ryan Lochte in the 400-meter individual medley qualifying race. Both men claimed the first two spots on the 2012 Olympic swim team to be held in London, England. With this qualifying, Phelps holds the record for men for going to four Olypics in swimming representing the United States.

33 World Champs LCM medals (26 Gold, 6 Silver, 1 Bronze).

22 Olympic Games medals (18 Gold, 2 Silver, 2 Bronze).

Four-time Olympian (2012, 2008, 2004, 2000).

Release of his book, “No Limits: The Will to Succeed” by Michael with Alan Abrahamson. [2008]

Baltimore, Maryland [Nov 2008]

Resting up a sore back at home and getting ready to start training at University of Michigan. [Oct 2004]

Release of the book, “Michael Phelps” by Jeffrey Zuehlke. [2005]

Release of the book, “Michael Phelps” by Jeffrey Zuehlke. [2009]

Appeared in an infomercial, hosted by Tracy Gallagher and Duane Sider, for the “Rosetta Stone” language learning software. [2008]

He is of English, as well as Irish, German, Scottish, and Welsh, ancestry.