Sun coverage: Michael Phelps

Sun coverage: Michael Phelps

Phelps, 6 others from NBAC named to USA Swimming national team

4:41 AM EDT, September 4, 2014

Phelps, 6 others from NBAC named to USA Swimming national team

Michael Phelps, the most-decorated Olympian of all time, is among seven North Baltimore Aquatic Club swimmers named Wednesday to the 2014-15 USA Swimming national team roster.

Michael Phelps looks to regain winning form at Pan Pacific Championships

8:25 AM EDT, August 20, 2014

Michael Phelps looks to regain winning form at Pan Pacific Championships

It's not the Olympics or world championships, but Michael Phelps would like to regain his winning form against world-class competition, and he'll have that chance this week in Australia at the Pan Pacific Championships.

After struggles at national championships, Michael Phelps looks ahead

10:16 PM EDT, August 10, 2014

After struggles at national championships, Michael Phelps looks ahead

IRVINE, Calif. — If this year's Phillips 66 National Championships hold any enduring place in Michael Phelps' mind, he might remember them as a needed, albeit painful, slug of reality.

Bel Air's Chase Kalisz wants to cradle gold in his 'baby,' the 400 IM

3:29 PM EDT, August 7, 2014

Bel Air's Chase Kalisz wants to cradle gold in his 'baby,' the 400 IM

Swimmers describe the race as a snarling beast that will rob them of the energy needed for other endeavors. The greatest of all time, Michael Phelps, says he'll never swim it again. Too painful.

After sixth-place finish in 100 backstroke, disappointed Michael Phelps vents: 'I hate this'

11:51 PM EDT, August 9, 2014

After sixth-place finish in 100 backstroke, disappointed Michael Phelps vents: 'I hate this'

IRVINE, Calif. — As he moves forward with his comeback, Michael Phelps can't always measure his progress the way he used to: in victories.

2:44 AM EDT, July 12, 2014

Sports Digest: Phelps' comeback gains speed with 100 butterfly win

Phelps' comeback gains speed with 100 butterfly win

Michael Phelps to test comeback form this week at U.S. Nationals

6:33 PM EDT, August 5, 2014

Michael Phelps to test comeback form this week at U.S. Nationals

IRVINE, Calif. — Though he has swum four meets since his return to competition, Michael Phelps will gain a truer gauge of his form this week at U.S. Nationals.

Michael Phelps to continue comeback in Charlotte Grand Prix

2:12 PM EDT, May 6, 2014

Michael Phelps to continue comeback in Charlotte Grand Prix

Michael Phelps is expected to continue his return to competitive swimming at the Arena Grand Prix at Charlotte May 15-18, USA Swimming announced Tuesday.

Michael Phelps' return to competition could open the door to much more

8:08 PM EDT, April 25, 2014

Michael Phelps' return to competition could open the door to much more

MESA, Ariz. — Michael Phelps ended the first meet of his comeback on an odd note Friday, using his butterfly stroke to swim a 50-meter freestyle race that's never been part of his repertoire.

Possible reasons abound for Michael Phelps' return to swimming

7:44 PM EDT, April 22, 2014

Possible reasons abound for Michael Phelps' return to swimming

For almost a year, the question was "if" Michael Phelps would return to competitive swimming.

Michael Phelps could return to competitive swimming in next few months, coach says

6:31 PM EDT, March 25, 2014

Michael Phelps could return to competitive swimming in next few months, coach says

Michael Phelps' comeback inched closer to reality Tuesday when his longtime coach said the record-setting Olympian could swim in a meet “sometime soon.”

Michael and Debbie Phelps celebrate mothers at fundraiser

6:16 PM EST, November 23, 2013

Michael and Debbie Phelps celebrate mothers at fundraiser

To jolt a young Michael Phelps out of bed for 6 a.m. swim practice, his mom Debbie sometimes resorted to blasting him with a hot hair dryer.

Michael Phelps has nothing to lose in his swimming comeback | <span style="color: #DD5200; font-weight: bold;">VIDEO </span>

3:15 PM EDT, April 15, 2014

Peter Schmuck: Michael Phelps has nothing to lose in his swimming comeback | VIDEO

We should all be so fortunate to be able to retire at age 27 and embark on an international quest to experience a world full of fun and privilege, but Michael Phelps — quite predictably — has come to realize that living the good life isn't going to be enough to keep him entertained.

The Sun Remembers: Aug. 4-10

2:31 PM EDT, August 4, 2013

The Sun Remembers: Aug. 4-10

Aug. 9, 2003: Michael Phelps of the North Baltimore Aquatic Club becomes the first male swimmer to capture five individual titles at the U.S. Nationals — and he does it in College Park. Phelps breaks the record of four held by Mark Spitz, Johnny Weissmuller and Tom Dolan.

Michael Phelps says he's not yet in Olympic shape

4:57 PM EST, November 23, 2013

Michael Phelps says he's not yet in Olympic shape

Michael Phelps said Saturday he's back in the pool a couple of times a week, but he's nowhere near ready for a return to competitive swimming.

Bob Bowman returns to coaching after post-Olympic odyssey

3:22 PM EDT, June 29, 2013

Bob Bowman returns to coaching after post-Olympic odyssey

Bob Bowman gets to the question before it can even be raised.

If Michael Phelps wants to come back, there's no reason for us to think he can't

3:09 PM EST, November 15, 2013

Peter Schmuck: If Michael Phelps wants to come back, there's no reason for us to think he can't

Michael Phelps has nothing left to prove in a swimming pool. His place in Olympic history is assured, and anything he might accomplish during the 2016 games in Rio de Janeiro — if he should decide to try and add to his record medal count — would just be, well, treading water.

Michael Phelps says he has no plans to return to swimming

3:19 PM EDT, June 29, 2013

Michael Phelps says he has no plans to return to swimming

Michael Phelps was driving over the Allegheny Mountains after playing golf with Hockey Hall of Famer Mario Lemieux on Friday, bound for Baltimore. Friends from across the country were streaming into his hometown to celebrate his 28th birthday, which is Sunday. He had plans to stay in town for a week, do some work around his Canton home and relax after too much time traveling.

Michael Phelps throws water on reports that he'll return to the Olympic pool

10:15 PM EDT, May 17, 2013

Michael Phelps throws water on reports that he'll return to the Olympic pool

He's back ... unless he's not.

Lessons learned from Phelps help swimmer Kalisz gain elite status

5:25 PM EDT, June 24, 2013

Lessons learned from Phelps help swimmer Kalisz gain elite status

Not many people get the chance to train with their idol — especially when their idol is Michael Phelps.

6:21 PM EST, February 1, 2013

Moon Filly wins at Nellie Morse at Laurel Park

After rewriting the Olympic record books for swimming, Michael Phelps and his longtime coach might have the Kentucky Derby in their sights with a 3-year-old colt named Cerro who won a race Saturday at Gulfstream Park for Team Valor International.

Michael Phelps to play in nationally televised celebrity golf tournament

5:41 PM EDT, June 4, 2013

Peter Schmuck: Michael Phelps to play in nationally televised celebrity golf tournament

Baltimore’s homegrown all-time Olympic hero was willing to serve his golf apprenticeship in front of a cable television audience as part of the Golf Channel series “The Haney Project.” Now, Michael Phelps is ready to take his new avocation to another level.

Agent Peter Carlisle has put Rosie Napravnik on the Phelps plan

7:59 PM EDT, May 3, 2013

KENTUCKY DERBY NOTES

Agent Peter Carlisle has put Rosie Napravnik on the Phelps plan

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Baltimore lawyer Frank Morgan helped swimmer Michael Phelps, then 16 years old, select Peter Carlisle as his agent. Phelps was years away from stardom, but Carlisle aggressively marketed his client, hoping to eventually elevate him beyond the confines of an Olympic sport that mattered to a broad audience only every four years.

September 8, 2012

Bowman named swimming coach of the year

Bob Bowman, who coached Michael Phelps through his record-breaking Olympic career, won a title himself Friday when he was named Coach of the Year by his professional association.

11:50 AM EDT, October 6, 2012

Aquatic club coach out after allegation of misconduct revealed

A longtime coach at the Baltimore swim club that has turned out several Olympians — including Michael Phelps — resigned after an allegation of "inappropriate conduct" with a female athlete was revealed, officials of the sport's national governing body said Friday.

Phelps, Md. Olympians to be celebrated at Inner Harbor

6:38 PM EDT, September 5, 2012

Phelps, Md. Olympians to be celebrated at Inner Harbor

Michael Phelps and other Olympic athletes from Maryland will be honored at a celebration Monday afternoon at the Inner Harbor, after which the swimmer will be named an honorary captain of the Ravens at the team's season opener.

Life after Olympic stardom begins now for Michael Phelps

5:26 PM EDT, August 5, 2012

Life after Olympic stardom begins now for Michael Phelps

On the first day of the rest of his life,  Michael Phelps  slept in. Really in.

Bob Bowman, Michael Phelps' coach, joins consulting firm specializing in sports

4:38 PM EDT, September 10, 2012

Bob Bowman, Michael Phelps' coach, joins consulting firm specializing in sports

Michael Phelps may have retired from competitive swimming after the London Games, but his coach is adding on work: He has signed with TSE Consulting, a global firm that specializes in working with sports federations.

Chesapeake fishing guide's moment of fame is in the cards

7:18 PM EDT, August 15, 2012

Chesapeake fishing guide's moment of fame is in the cards

Everyone hopes for their moment of fame, but for Capt. Norm Bartlett, a Chesapeake Bay fishing guide, celebrity has been an out-of-body experience.

Phelps, Maryland's Olympians welcomed home

7:54 PM EDT, September 10, 2012

Phelps, Maryland's Olympians welcomed home

Arriving aboard the Pride of Baltimore II and hailed by a cannon blast from the Constellation, Michael Phelps and Maryland's other Olympic athletes were celebrated in true local style Monday afternoon by elected officials and an Inner Harbor crowd.

At Meadowbrook, an Olympic culture

10:08 PM EDT, August 3, 2012

At Meadowbrook, an Olympic culture

The tension in the air at Meadowbrook Aquatic and Fitness Center duringMichael Phelps' 100-meter butterfly race Friday afternoon was almost as thick as the chlorine smell that filled the pool's lobby.

Make room on Baltimore's 'Mount Rushmore' of sports

2:39 AM EDT, August 5, 2012

Peter Schmuck: Make room on Baltimore's 'Mount Rushmore' of sports

Michael Phelps doesn't have to climb the mountain anymore.

Michael Phelps still has work left to do

8:50 PM EDT, August 1, 2012

Michael Phelps still has work left to do

On the first full day of his life as the most-decorated Olympian, Michael Phelps went back to work — those medals don't start winning themselves just because you've hit 19, after all. But first he had to attend to his correspondence.

7:21 PM EDT, August 1, 2012

Schmitt moves into spotlight

Bob Bowman was done, or so he thought. Something of the Michael Phelps Whisperer to the media, he can be counted on for insights, such as on Tuesday night after the Baltimore swimmer became the most decorated Olympian ever after winning a gold medal as anchor of the 4x200-meter freestyle relay team.

Rodricks: Marveling at Phelps' heroic journey

4:26 PM EDT, August 1, 2012

Dan Rodricks: Rodricks: Marveling at Phelps' heroic journey

Baltimoreans who witnessed his odyssey unfold will remember the first 12 years of the 21st century as the Michael Phelps era. If you mark the life of this community by our shared experiences and our heroic figures — the sources of civic pride that keep us from despairing and sinking into the Patapsco — there's no getting around Phelps.

Michael Phelps stands alone at the top

1:52 PM EDT, August 4, 2012

Peter Schmuck: Michael Phelps stands alone at the top

It could have been a little more dramatic. Michael Phelps could have made us wait until the weekend to watch him win his historic 19th medal and become the most-decorated athlete in the modern history of the Olympic Games, but no matter.

6:43 PM EDT, July 28, 2012

Slow start for Phelps

Who was that swimmer in the far lane, finishing fourth and failing to medal?

Michael Phelps to pass on opening ceremonies, get ready for his final Olympics

3:42 PM EDT, July 25, 2012

Michael Phelps to pass on opening ceremonies, get ready for his final Olympics

You can take Michael Phelps out of Baltimore. You can send him to his fourth Olympics. But what does he do during his downtime?

Phelps has first showdown with Lochte on Saturday

5:50 PM EDT, July 27, 2012

Phelps has first showdown with Lochte on Saturday

A week from Saturday, the very thick chapter that isMichael Phelps' part of the record books will finally be closed. After a glittering career in which it was easier to write his records in pencil since he likely would surpass them at some point, it's time to get out the indelible ink for the Baltimore swimmer's final Olympics.

Bob Bowman has proven to be more than Michael Phelps' coach

6:52 PM EDT, July 25, 2012

Bob Bowman has proven to be more than Michael Phelps' coach

If you made a flip-book of the hundreds of photographs they've posed together for over the years, you would seeMichael Phelpsgrowing up before your eyes, getting taller and more muscular, while his coach, Bob Bowman, looks remarkably the same.

Phelps looks to put stamp on perhaps the greatest Olympic career ever

9:53 AM EDT, July 21, 2012

Phelps looks to put stamp on perhaps the greatest Olympic career ever

In Michael Phelps' telling, one of the greatest Olympic careers almost began with a skinny dip. It was the first trip out of the country for the kid from Rodgers Forge, and he gawked like a tourist — not at monuments or museums — but at the famous swimmers competing in Sydney.

6:29 PM EDT, July 12, 2012

Phelps sidesteps criticism of his training habits

In what everyone wants to be the final words on the brouhaha over Tyler Clary's takedown of Michael Phelps' work habits, both swimmers addressed the issue on Thursday.

Michael Phelps 'doesn't have to work as hard,' U.S. swimmer Tyler Clary says

7:33 PM EDT, July 10, 2012

Michael Phelps 'doesn't have to work as hard,' U.S. swimmer Tyler Clary says

Having swum in Michael Phelps shadow for most of his career, Tyler Clary finally made his first Olympics — and promptly dissed the guy who is headed to his fourth.

Modern pentathlon: Perfect sport for Suzanne Stettinius

2:22 PM EDT, June 16, 2012

Modern pentathlon: Perfect sport for Suzanne Stettinius

Like many Olympic athletes not named Michael Phelps, Suzanne Stettinius is both training and fundraising in these final weeks before the Summer Games. She's made appeals via Facebook and her blog and, next week, will host a party at a Baltimore County tavern where among the auction items will be a date with the athlete herself.

Deborah Phelps leaving job as Baltimore County principal

7:15 PM EDT, July 24, 2012

Deborah Phelps leaving job as Baltimore County principal

Deborah Phelps, the mother of Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps, is leaving her job as principal of Windsor Mill Middle, a Baltimore County school she opened six years ago.

Phelps won't try to match heights set by ... Phelps

11:00 PM EDT, July 2, 2012

Phelps won't try to match heights set by ... Phelps

Omaha, Neb. — Michael Phelps' eight gold medals in eight tries in the 2008 Beijing Olympics might never be duplicated.

Michael Phelps finishes second to Ryan Lochte in semifinals of 200 IM

10:52 PM EDT, June 29, 2012

Michael Phelps finishes second to Ryan Lochte in semifinals of 200 IM

Michael Phelps, who turns 27 on Saturday, said his mother and sisters always say how hard it is to find a birthday present for him. And indeed, what he wants to open they can't exactly wrap.

Phelps can't catch Lochte but does officially qualify for London Olympic Games

10:56 PM EDT, June 25, 2012

Phelps can't catch Lochte but does officially qualify for London Olympic Games

Michael Phelpsfinished second in the 400-meter individual medley to arch-rival Ryan Lochte in the opening act of the Olympic swimming trials here Monday, but both qualified for the London Games, setting the stage for another duel over their sport's most challenging event.

Michael Phelps beats Ryan Lochte in 100-meter butterfly

10:53 PM EDT, July 1, 2012

Michael Phelps beats Ryan Lochte in 100-meter butterfly

Surging to one of his trademark late-breaking finishes,Michael Phelpswon his final event — the 100-meter butterfly — at the Olympic qualifying trials Sunday night, and heads to London likely to swim the same eight races that produced his record-breaking gold-medal haul.

Notebook: Phelps out of Friday's 200 backstroke

9:52 AM EDT, June 29, 2012

Notebook: Phelps out of Friday's 200 backstroke

Baltimore's Michael Phelps has scratched from Friday's 200-meter backstroke preliminaries at the U.S. Olympic swimming trials, his coach Bob Bowman said Thursday.

Phelps adds 200 butterfly to London lineup

10:21 PM EDT, June 28, 2012

Phelps adds 200 butterfly to London lineup

Michael Phelps added a third event to his London lineup Thursday night, powering ahead in the final leg to win the 200-meter butterfly race at the Olympic swimming trials — and also, in a sense, to touch home.

Once more, Michael Phelps dives into Olympic waters

6:52 PM EDT, June 23, 2012

Once more, Michael Phelps dives into Olympic waters

On Saturday,Michael Phelpswill turn 27. No surprise, he'll spend the birthday where he's spent much of his previous 26 years: in a pool, chasing gold.

Phelps and Lochte continue rivalry in swimming trials

9:49 PM EDT, June 27, 2012

Phelps and Lochte continue rivalry in swimming trials

And now, they're even: Michael Phelps bested Ryan Lochte in a stroke-for-stroke 200-meter freestyle race at the swimming trials here Wednesday night, with the two rivals both qualifying to match up against each other in the London Games next month.

4:53 PM EDT, June 19, 2012

Phelps to swim in seven races at Olympic trials in Omaha

Previewing what he might swim in his final Olympics in London, Michael Phelps has entered seven races in next week's qualifying trials — including the exciting but exhausting 400-meter individual medley.

Jessica Long is Baltimore's other gold medal swimmer

9:52 PM EDT, May 13, 2012

Jessica Long is Baltimore's other gold medal swimmer

This Baltimore swimmer hopes to add to an already heavy stash of medals in London this summer. But in addition to training for the qualifying trials in June, there are multiple promotional demands of an Olympic year: modeling the Ralph Lauren-designed athletes attire, shooting commercials for sponsors such as Coke and speaking at media roundtables like the one held here Sunday.

Phelps finishes second in 200 free at UltraSwim Grand Prix

7:17 PM EDT, May 11, 2012

Phelps finishes second in 200 free at UltraSwim Grand Prix

It was supposed to serve as the trailer for the featured blockbuster swimming smackdown of the London Olympics, but viewers are going to have to wait a bit: Michael Phelps came in second in the 200-meter freestyle race at the Charlotte UltraSwim Grand Prix on Friday evening, but not to his expected rival, Ryan Lochte.

Phelps could maybe, possibly swim 400 IM after all

10:35 PM EDT, March 30, 2012

Phelps could maybe, possibly swim 400 IM after all

That door Michael Phelps keeps slamming on ever again swimming the exhausting 400-meter individual medley race? Apparently, it's a revolving one.

Lochte beats Phelps again, this time in 200 freestyle semifinals

9:40 PM EDT, June 26, 2012

Lochte beats Phelps again, this time in 200 freestyle semifinals

If Michael Phelps is going to come in second to Ryan Lochte, as he did again Tuesday night, he may find some comfort in the whisper of this particular margin: the Baltimore swimmer finished .02 seconds behind his rival in their semifinal heat in the 200-meter freestyle.

Phelps looks both backward and forward

8:21 PM EDT, March 28, 2012

Phelps looks both backward and forward

INDIANAPOLIS — A reflective Michael Phelpsreturned Wednesday to what he called the "birthplace" of his Olympic career, the city where he qualified for his first games and now will compete in five races over the next three days as he prepares for his fourth and final Olympics.

With 100 days to go, London calling Michael Phelps

8:28 PM EDT, April 17, 2012

With 100 days to go, London calling Michael Phelps

The day began as so many have forMichael Phelps: at Meadowbrook pool in Mount Washington, where the mileage he has swum over the years would have gotten him to London a long time ago. But on this Saturday, the Baltimore swimmer's work would continue out of the water as well.

Wins don't equal perfection for Phelps

9:24 PM EDT, March 29, 2012

Wins don't equal perfection for Phelps

Phelps finds the positives in his last event before the Olympic trials

8:05 PM EDT, May 12, 2012

Phelps finds the positives in his last event before the Olympic trials

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Michael Phelps remembers this as the city where he "came back," prompting his coach Bob Bowman to ask with mock innocence, "from where?"

Phelps takes a break from training to participate in fundraiser

7:59 PM EDT, April 14, 2012

Phelps takes a break from training to participate in fundraiser

Out of the pool and in a formal suit, surrounded by family and friends in gowns and tuxedos, Michael Phelps looked every bit the part he was playing Saturday night: host of a fundraising gala held on the club level of M&T Bank Stadium.

Michael Phelps a global icon, proud Baltimore native

5:28 PM EDT, May 10, 2012

Michael Phelps a global icon, proud Baltimore native

He's been known to compete in a swim cap decorated with the Orioles logo and has become a familiar sight at M&T Bank Stadium when the Ravens are home.

Michael Phelps tells '60 Minutes' he's in shape and his coach predicts multiple gold wins in London

May 5, 2012

Michael Phelps tells '60 Minutes' he's in shape and his coach predicts multiple gold wins in London

In the four years since he made history at the Beijing Olympics,Michael Phelps concedes losing his focus.

4:09 PM EDT, July 29, 2011

Changing of the guard?

This is getting repetitive, in a Michael Phelps sort of way. Ryan Lochte won his third and fourth gold medals at the world swimming championships Friday night, obliterating the field in the final of the 200-meter backstroke before unleashing a jaw-dropping anchor leg to help bail out a U.S. 800 relay team that sat in third place after Phelps' leadoff swim.

After beating Lochte in 200 IM, Phelps well on his way in Olympic preparation

9:42 PM EDT, March 31, 2012

After beating Lochte in 200 IM, Phelps well on his way in Olympic preparation

INDIANAPOLIS — For someone who has lived much of his life in long, four-year arcs,Michael Phelpspacked a lot into an eventful couple of days here.

1:34 AM EDT, March 12, 2012

'Training does work,' Phelps says after winning 100 free at Columbus GP

Despite all the success Michael Phelps has had in his career, he has always had disdain for the training required.

3:57 AM EDT, March 11, 2012

Phelps takes second gold, eyes two more

Michael Phelps won his second gold medal of the Columbus Grand Prix by cruising to victory in the 200-meter butterfly Saturday.

11:54 PM EDT, July 23, 2011

Phelps' rival aims to heat up world meet

For the past eight years, the major competitive storyline at every meaningful swimming championship has arisen from Michael Phelps' international and historic dominance. How many medals will he win? How many records will he break? How dramatically will he increase his own legend?

2:32 AM EDT, August 2, 2011

Phelps eyes potential London showdown with Thorpe

Michael Phelps is eagerly anticipating a showdown with Ian Thorpe at next year's London Olympics, should the Australian choose to race the men's 200-meter freestyle and set up another "Race of the Century."

Phelps expands swimming education initiative

10:19 AM EDT, June 24, 2011

Phelps expands swimming education initiative

Ever since he started his foundation, Michael Phelps has been trying to educate Baltimore kids on water safety and attempting to save lives with swimming lessons. Now he's expanding that mission beyond the Baltimore area, and taking it nationwide.

Phelps faces questions heading into worlds &#8212; again

7:57 PM EDT, July 22, 2011

Phelps faces questions heading into worlds — again

For all Michael Phelps has accomplished and for all the world records he has smashed, it has still become a bit of a tradition for the swimming world to doubt him on eve of the FINA World Championships.

City kicks off 'Grand Prix' summer school

8:27 PM EDT, July 5, 2011

City kicks off 'Grand Prix' summer school

In addition to swimming with Michael Phelps' instructors and battling with handmade robots, Baltimore summer school students will be building soapbox cars to help keep their minds revving until the next school year.

As he tries to focus on swimming again, Phelps continues tending to other interests

6:57 PM EDT, May 3, 2011

As he tries to focus on swimming again, Phelps continues tending to other interests

It has been quite awhile, arguably more than three years, since Michael Phelps was able to focus solely on the sport of swimming.

Phelps to swim 400 IM at Pan Pacific Swimming Championships

9:03 PM EDT, August 16, 2010

Phelps to swim 400 IM at Pan Pacific Swimming Championships

Michael Phelps and the 400-meter individual medley were supposed to be history.

12:06 AM EDT, August 7, 2010

Phelps suffers surprising defeat in 200 IM to Lochte

Michael Phelps departed the mixed zone, leaving behind four words.

Tee times, not London, keeping Phelps busy

7:22 AM EDT, September 14, 2010

Tee times, not London, keeping Phelps busy

Some days, Michael Phelps clearly wouldn't mind if he could swap the rest of his competitive swimming career and replace it with an amateur golfing career.

From sink to swim, just in time

9:12 PM EDT, September 12, 2010

From sink to swim, just in time

As she chugs through the water, Annie Applegarth will never be mistaken for Olympic medalist Katie Hoff. Barbara Thompson will never be in a split-screen comparison to Michael Phelps.

February 19, 2010

Under Armour signs Phelps as spokesman

Under Armour, the athletic apparel brand that popularized the catch phrase "We must protect this house," can now boast that the metaphorical pool outside the house will also be protected.

March 8, 2010

Phelps sets U.S. record in butterfly

Urged on by a vocal standing-room-only crowd, Michael Phelps closed out his weekend at the Maryland Swim Championships by setting the U.S. record in the 200-yard butterfly at the U.S. Naval Academy on Sunday.

1:07 AM EDT, May 21, 2010

Paris Open next for Phelps

The long and arduous journey toward the 2012 Olympics in London is starting to take shape for swimmer Michael Phelps.

8:09 PM EDT, July 29, 2010

Phelps preps for nationals, with eyes on London

Two years away from the London Olympics -- which he says could be his last -- Michael Phelps plans to use the next month to gauge his mental and physical readiness. He begins his preparation this weekend by traveling to Irvine, Calif., for the USA Swimming National Championships, which will run Tuesday to Aug. 7.

January 29, 2010

Subway's Phelps ad campaign not derailed by USOC

The Subway restaurant chain defended its advertising campaign with Baltimore-based swimmer Michael Phelps against the U.S. Olympic Committee's attack on "ambush marketing."

12:37 AM EDT, August 18, 2010

Phelps' return to 400 IM draws applause

Ah, the good old days…

December 20, 2009

U.S. success at Duel suits struggling Phelps

Michael Phelps helped the Americans trounce the Europeans in the Duel in the Pool, anchoring the 400 freestyle relay team to one of the eight world records the U.S. team set over the two-day meet that ended Saturday.

12:31 AM EDT, August 19, 2010

Phelps wins easily, but still isn't satisfied

Satisfaction remained an elusive concept for Michael Phelps.

December 14, 2009

Phelps wins 5 in Annapolis

Michael Phelps won the 200-yard butterfly Sunday, giving the 14-time Olympic champion five first-place finishes in five events at the three-day NBAC Christmas Invitational short-course meet at the U.S. Naval Academy.

March 4, 2010

Phelps competing in Annapolis swimming event this weekend

Olympian Michael Phelps will be competing in four events at the Maryland Swimming Championships at the Naval Academy this weekend, and his participation is further proof of just how different swimming is from other sports.

December 19, 2009

Duel in the Pool: Phelps helps set record

Michael Phelps won the 100-meter butterfly and helped the U.S. 400 medley relay team break the world record, one of five the Americans set Friday in taking a commanding lead at the Duel in the Pool.

November 15, 2009

Phelps struggles at World Cup event

Michael Phelps finished fifth in the 200-meter butterfly Saturday at a short-course World Cup meet that featured six world records.

Shaq makes splash, then swims against Phelps

August 24, 2009

Shaq makes splash, then swims against Phelps

Michael Kenny hoisted his 4-year-old son Bam-Bam onto his shoulders and waited with anticipation for two of the world's most recognizable athletes - Shaquille O'Neal and Michael Phelps to enter Loyola University's aquatics center.

November 12, 2009

In Briefin Briefs

PRESS BOX

SWIMMING: Michael Phelps finished second in the 200-meter medley final at the short-course World Cup in Stockholm, struggling in the old-style swimsuit that will become standard next year. Phelps, who won a record eight gold medals at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, clocked 1 minute 53.93 seconds. He was more than two seconds behind South Africa's Darian Townsend.

November 10, 2009

Phelps gets jump on swimsuit use

- Michael Phelps plans to wear the old-style swimsuit that will become the standard next year at the European World Cup meet.

Woman to be cited in Phelps accident

August 15, 2009

Woman to be cited in Phelps accident

A 28-year-old woman who was slightly injured when her Honda Accord hit a Cadillac Escalade driven by Olympic swimming star Michael Phelps in Baltimore's Mid-Town Belvedere neighborhood is to be charged with running a red light, a city police spokesman said Friday.

October 17, 2009

Sports Digest: Phelps leads Golden Goggle nominations with six

Michael Phelps has received a leading six nominations for the Golden Goggle awards, including Male Athlete of the Year. Phelps of Baltimore received three individual nods and three for relays. Olympian Ryan Lochte and Ariana Kukors received four nominations each. Phelps, Lochte and Aaron Peirsol were nominated for Male Athlete of the Year. The Coach of the Year ballot includes Bob Bowman of the North Baltimore Aquatic Club. Fans can vote online at GoldenGoggles.com through Nov. 18.

August 3, 2009

Phelps accomplishes another mission

- His words sounded hopeful, rather than pretentious.

December 12, 2009

Phelps back in action at NBAC meet

The swimmer with the Midas touch threw back his head and laughed as he considered the question: Is competing this weekend at a meet he hasn't attempted in about three years a way to bring out the kid in him or does it make him feel like an old man?

August 16, 2009

Sports Digest: Phelps has sore ankle from accident, says he's 'fine'

Swimmer Michael Phelps is nursing a sore ankle from the car accident he was in Thursday on Calvert Street, but the Olympic gold medalist intends to resume training Monday. In a message on his official Facebook site, Phelps said he was "fine" and expressed concern for the woman involved in the car crash.

July 30, 2009

Phelps rebounds with record-setting win

Michael Phelps on Wednesday got by, and then some - another world record - with a little help from his friends.

August 1, 2009

Phelps, Cavic headed for showdown in 100M butterfly

Suits, lies and videotape.

July 2, 2009

Change doesn't suit Phelps

There will be plenty of swimmers in Indianapolis at the U.S. national championships next week wrestling with the decision about what kind of swimsuit to wear. Michael Phelps won't be one of them.

July 25, 2009

FINA bans controversial full-body swimsuits

Newly introduced swimsuits that Michael Phelps and other swimmers wore during the Beijing Olympics won't be legal come 2010, but that's not something the gold-medal winner is concerned with now that the sport's governing body voted Friday to ban the high-tech apparel.

August 23, 2009

Phelps gives Shaq swim tips on eve of race

Michael Phelps is wading through the baby pool in a colorful Speedo, his famous Olympic rings tattoo peeking suggestively out from his bathing suit.

August 16, 2009

Braving real world to see Phelps' accident in person

The call about Michael Phelps' car accident on Calvert Street crackled over the newsroom police radio as I was about to leave work Thursday night. My first thought was, when I get home, I'll have to go online and see what happened.

July 31, 2009

No record safe

- Michael Phelps, quick in the pool, was nearly as fast with a race review Thursday night. It came from his vantage point in the stands where he observed the men's 200-meter individual medley from behind his shades, sans shirt, making a concession to the Roman heat.

August 2, 2009

Phelps wins record-setting showdown with Cavic

- One high-speed collision in a warm-up at a historic indoor pool built under the orders of Mussolini could have undercut another collision of ego and talent: the showdown between Michael Phelps and Milorad Cavic in the 100-meter butterfly.

Michael Phelps involved in car crash

August 14, 2009

Michael Phelps involved in car crash

Michael Phelps, who holds the Olympic record with 14 gold medals for swimming, was shaken but apparently uninjured Thursday night when the late-model Cadillac Escalade he was driving in Mid-Town Belvedere collided with another vehicle, seriously damaging Phelps' vehicle, the other car and a parked vehicle, police said. The female driver of the Honda Accord was taken to an area hospital as a precaution, police said.

July 30, 2009

Unheralded American Walters reaches final of 100 free

Filippo Magnini, the two-time world champion? Gone. Nathan Adrian, the rising American star who took both sprint events at the recent nationals? Gone.

July 10, 2009

Phelps finally gets record in 100 butterfly

Michael Phelps has always been a little obsessed with numbers, to the point where they sometimes pop up in his dreams. But during the past four years, no number has rattled around inside his head more than 50.40. It represented the world record in the 100-meter butterfly.

July 19, 2009

No worries for Phelps

ROME - Michael Phelps has somehow slipped under the radar while preparing for the world championships.

July 27, 2009

Phelps, teammates win 400M freestyle relay

This all started with an equipment malfunction in the morning relay and ended with the favored French sprinters wilting again, giving Michael Phelps and friends another riveting victory in the 400-meter freestyle relay.

June 20, 2009

Phelps to swim in Montreal this weekend

Michael Phelps will swim in Montreal this weekend in his final tuneup before next month's U.S. championships in Indianapolis.

June 25, 2009

Olympian Phelps gets 4 nominations

Michael Phelps has 14 Olympic gold medals but only one ESPY. That's likely to change after he led the way Wednesday with four nominations for next month's ESPY Awards.

July 28, 2009

Swimming world championships

Phelps has new foes everywhere, it seems

Foes used to be easily identifiable for Michael Phelps.

July 28, 2009

Bowman: Stroke experiment ends

The Great Stroke Experiment is over.

July 7, 2009

Phelps on staying with his swimsuit: What handicap?

- Michael Phelps could sense the question coming long before it was asked.

June 13, 2009

Sports Digest: Phelps easily wins 200 fly at Santa Clara Grand Prix

Michael Phelps clobbered the competition in the 200-meter butterfly at the Santa Clara International Grand Prix. Phelps touched first in 1 minute, 54.31 seconds, beating the field by 5.67 seconds. Phelps' time lowered the meet record of 1:55.93 set by Davis Tarwater last year. "I was really happy with the time," Phelps said. "I'm in some kind of shape." Phelps owns the world record of 1:52.03 set in Beijing, where he won a record eight Olympic gold medals.

July 29, 2009

Phelps loses as Biedermann sets record

- Down goes Phelps.

June 21, 2009

Phelps delivers in 100-meter butterfly

Michael Phelps is getting ready for the U.S. championships in impressive fashion.

July 26, 2009

Phelps shares lighter moment with news media

- This might have been a new one in the storied career of Michael Phelps.

July 6, 2009

U.S. championships mark Phelps' return in earnest

He tinkered with his stroke and exhausted his muscles in the weight room. He grew a mustache. He won some races and lost a few. He just missed out on grabbing the world record he wants but doesn't own.

June 15, 2009

Phelps loses in two finals at Santa Clara International GP

Two races, two losses for Michael Phelps. The 14-time Olympic gold medalist was beaten in the 100-meter freestyle and 100 backstroke Sunday night at the Santa Clara International Grand Prix. Phelps, who lives in Fells Point, finished second behind defending world champion Brent Hayden of Canada in the 100 free, which featured seven Olympians among the nine finalists. Hayden, the leading qualifier, touched in 48.44 seconds. Phelps, swimming in Lane 8, clocked 48.87. Phelps lost the 100 back to Olympic teammate Ryan Lochte, who went out fast and held on in 54.15 to complete a sweep of the backstroke events. Phelps touched second in 54.31.

July 11, 2009

Pelton the next big thing?

Neither Michael Phelps nor Katie Hoff swam Friday at U.S. nationals. Phelps had to pull out of the 100-meter freestyle with neck pain, and Hoff withdrew from her final two events, putting an end to a meet where she never felt right physically or mentally. And yet North Baltimore Aquatic Club still had plenty to thump its chest about, thanks to a happy-go-lucky 15-year-old who seems to be emerging as the next big thing in American swimming.

July 13, 2009

Phelps soaks in the cheers

- Michael Phelps stood in line patiently for his name to be announced along with the rest of the U.S. swim team, wearing a baggy blue shirt and black Speedo hat, turned sideways in his typical casual style. When his name was finally called, the crowd inside the Indiana University Natatorium roared with appreciation and Phelps smiled a goofy grin and raised his arms in thanks.

May 15, 2009

World curious to see Phelps swim in his return

- Normally, the Charlotte UltraSwim Grand Prix is a pretty tame affair. In a busy year, USA Swimming credentials eight to 10 media members to cover the meet, and that would probably be a generous estimate.

July 9, 2009

Phelps claims two wins at U.S. nationals

- When you think about it, Michael Phelps isn't just the greatest swimmer in the world because he's incredibly fast. It's also because, no matter what's going on in his life, no matter what transition he's undertaking or controversy he's facing, he's never slow.

May 6, 2009

Phelps set to return after 3-month hiatus

Michael Phelps' three-month suspension from U.S. Swimming is officially over, and he'll return to competition next week for the first time since Beijing when he swims in the Charlotte (N.C.) UltraSwim.

May 14, 2009

Phelps: 'I still have a passion' for racing

This spring, for the first time in all the years they had worked together, Bob Bowman could not predict what Michael Phelps was going to do. Some days, the coach thought the 23-year-old would keep swimming through 2012. Other days, he felt as if Phelps were on the verge of walking away.

June 17, 2009

Phelps signs endorsement deal with H2O Audio

The sound of music has Michael Phelps back in the endorsement business, just months after a tabloid photo of him holding a bong caused the loss of one sponsor and earned him a three-month suspension from USA Swimming.

April 10, 2009

Phelps visits Maryland House, Senate

A visit by Olympic champion Michael Phelps to the Maryland State House on Thursday transformed delegates into a salivating swarm of paparazzi.

February 26, 2009

Sports Digest: Phelps is dropped from 2 speaking dates

Michael Phelps has been dropped as the keynote speaker at two events in Canada next week, with the promoter citing the Olympic champion swimmer's "widely publicized alleged use of marijuana." Power Within Inc. of Toronto, which organizes motivational speaking events, canceled Phelps' appearances at events in Calgary, Alberta, and Vancouver, British Columbia, Toronto's Globe and Mail reported. Power Within initially stood by the swimmer but has now booked actor Martin Sheen as its keynote speaker for the Calgary event. The Vancouver event will feature Mehmet Oz, a regular on The Oprah Winfrey Show.

February 13, 2009

Michael Phelps bong photo

Lawyer: S.C. police targeting Phelps

South Carolina authorities continue to gather evidence from a party attended by Michael Phelps in November at which he was photographed allegedly smoking marijuana, but even as more arrests are made and witnesses interviewed, what's still unclear is what might happen to the 23-year-old Olympic swimmer.

May 16, 2009

Phelps: It's as if he never left

- Michael Phelps couldn't hear it because he had his iPhone ear buds tucked in, but when he walked into the Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center on Friday night for the 200-meter freestyle final, AC/DC's "Back in Black" was blaring over the loudspeakers.

March 23, 2009

Sports Digest: Phelps follows 'heart' back into pool

Michael Phelps, who won a record eight gold medals in the Beijing Olympics last summer, and several other Americans are in the middle of a two-week training camp at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif., for this summer's national and world championships. They're in the pool twice a day, at 7a.m. and 5p.m., and spent part of one day training with U.S. Navy SEALs. Phelps, a Baltimore resident, said all the scrutiny over a photo that surfaced in early February of him inhaling from a marijuana pipe hadn't taken away his motivation. Phelps was suspended for three months by USA Swimming and has lost two major sponsors. "It's all really about what's in your heart, and that's why I'm back in the pool," said Phelps, who plans to return to competition May 14-17 at the Charlotte (N.C.) UltraSwim.

March 17, 2009

Sports Digest: Spitz says he feels sorry for Phelps

Mark Spitz says he feels badly for Michael Phelps. Spitz, whose record of seven gold medals at the 1972 Olympics was broken when Phelps won eight last year, talked briefly about Phelps last night while in Little Rock, Ark., for a speaking engagement. Phelps has been at the center of controversy after a photo surfaced showing the swimming star with a marijuana pipe. "As a fan, I feel sorry and I feel badly for him at this time," Spitz said. "Nobody would want to wish that upon him, I'm sure. He's obviously dealing with it in a way that he feels appropriate, and I'm not one to comment on whether it's right or wrong because I'm not with his management team."

March 12, 2009

Sports Digest: Olympic-size gift to Calif. food bank

Kellogg Co. donated thousands of boxes of cereal with Michael Phelps' picture on them to the San Francisco Food Bank. Kellogg declined last month to renew its endorsement deal with the Olympic swimming star and Baltimore resident after a photo surfaced showing him smoking from a marijuana pipe. Kellogg officials responded to questions from the Associated Press with an e-mail saying the company routinely donates food that is nearing the end of its shelf life but still good.

February 17, 2009

Phelps won't face charges in pot case

A South Carolina sheriff has decided not to pursue criminal charges against Michael Phelps in connection with a recently published photo of the swimmer with his mouth on a marijuana pipe.

March 15, 2009

David Steele: Phelps fish out of water on TV

A harsh reality emerged from Michael Phelps' interview with NBC's Matt Lauer, the first part of which aired Friday morning, with the second part tonight: Phelps doesn't function that well in front of cameras he knows about, either.

February 25, 2009

Phelps sets meet in May

Michael Phelps has decided not to waste any time returning to competition once his three-month suspension ends.

February 6, 2009

Michael Phelps bong photo

Michael Phelps suspended 3 months

USA Swimming said late last night that it has decided to suspend Michael Phelps from competition for the next three months as punishment for a photo that was published in a British tabloid over the weekend that appeared to show him smoking marijuana.

February 9, 2009

Michael Phelps bong photo

Susan Reimer: A hard week for Michael Phelps – and for Mom

Last week was a tough one for Michael Phelps. I am betting it was equally tough for his mom.

February 4, 2009

Michael Phelps bong photo

Phelps could face criminal charges

Michael Phelps could face criminal charges as part of the fallout from a photo in a British tabloid showing him smoking from a marijuana pipe at a University of South Carolina house party, but yesterday one of his major sponsors - Visa - said it stands behind the Rodgers Forge native.

February 5, 2009

Michael Phelps bong photo

Intense scrutiny has Phelps weighing whether he will swim in 2012 Games

In his first interview since a photo surfaced showing him smoking from a marijuana pipe, Michael Phelps said yesterdaythat the intense public scrutiny has him contemplating whether he will swim in the 2012 Olympics.

February 7, 2009

Michael Phelps bong photo

Phelps: Suspension 'fair'

Michael Phelps said yesterday that the decision by USA Swimming to suspend him for three months is "fair" and that he'll continue training for future events, even though he remains uncommitted about participating in the 2012 Olympic Games.

February 10, 2009

Michael Phelps bong photo

'Happier' Phelps still mulling 2012 Games

Michael Phelps' life has calmed down somewhat in the past few days. He isn't waking up to people shouting outside his apartment, and the paparazzi, for the most part, have stopped tailing him.

February 3, 2009

Michael Phelps bong photo

Phelps photo no joke, some say

Ten years ago, a photo that showed an athlete like Michael Phelps apparently getting high at a party probably would have resulted in considerable fallout.

February 8, 2009

Michael Phelps bong photo

Phelps' decision on 2012 Games to have deep impact

For a week now, Michael Phelps has been one of the most polarizing figures in sports. And though this isn't the first time Phelps' judgment has been questioned, fallout from the incident has introduced something new to his career: indecision.

January 28, 2009

'I always want to do better,' Phelps says at economics forum in Saudi Arabia

Mixing subjects linked to sports, society and business, Olympic champions Michael Phelps and Carl Lewis appeared at an economic gathering yesterday to promote sports in Saudi Arabia.

February 3, 2009

Michael Phelps bong photo

Rick Maese: Sports has worse drug issues than Phelps' dopey behavior

More than 150 million Americans tuned into the Super Bowl on Sunday, most not caring that among the behemoths bouncing around the field, some surely had artificial, lab-produced fuel coursing through their veins, inflating their muscles, improving their performance.

February 2, 2009

Michael Phelps bong photo

Michael Phelps: Behavior 'inappropriate'

Michael Phelps, the Rodgers Forge native who has won more gold medals than anyone in Olympic history, acknowledged yesterday that he had engaged in "regrettable" behavior and shown "bad judgment" after a photo of him smoking what appears to be marijuana from a glass bong was published in a British tabloid over the weekend.

February 2, 2009

Michael Phelps bong photo

David Steele: Phelps should have known better

In defense of Michael Phelps and his "youthful and inappropriate" behavior and "bad judgment," taken on its own, this is far from the worst slip-up ever by a national hero. This space surely isn't the only one in which the first reaction to the now-infamous photo - eight-time gold medalist from the previous Olympics with a marijuana pipe stuck in his grille - was laughter. Plus, his instant contrition and pledge to do better, along with his near-universal fame, likely give him a cushion a lot of other celebrities wouldn't get.

January 23, 2009

Phelps diving back in

There are still award shows to attend, trips to take and commercials to shoot. Such is a superstar's life. But twice during the past week, his schedule permitting, Michael Phelps has started swimming again. He has climbed back into the pool in which it all began - Meadowbrook Athletic Club in Mount Washington - and has begun training for the 2012 Olympics under the watchful eye of his coach, Bob Bowman.

December 23, 2008

Accolades keep coming for Phelps

Michael Phelps had just finished his work at the Water Cube, still wet but his place in history secure, when he walked up to his longtime coach.

January 1, 2009

Michael Phelps vs. Gloria Estefan

He smashes records. He brings home more gold than any other Olympic athlete in history. He triggers global swoons every time he slips off his shirt. Michael Phelps not only hails from Baltimore, he also dolphin-kicked right back here after Beijing to buy a home even when he could have lived anywhere. As if that weren't enough, he's single-handedly helping local restaurants survive the recession with his famous sumo-worthy meals.

December 16, 2008

Phelps plans to dive into video game world

Following in the footsteps of John Madden and Tiger Woods, Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps wants to start his own video game empire. But curiously enough, swimming might not be the main event.

December 3, 2008

Phelps joins pool of SI Sportsmen of Year

Even though Michael Phelps is taking a break from the pool, he's still picking up honors.

December 8, 2008

The Flip Side: Let Phelps have fun, Beard says

Go easy on Michael Phelps. That's the message from fellow Olympic swimmer Amanda Beard.

December 2, 2008

Focus on Phelps, again

Over the years, Michael Phelps has mastered the art of playing coy.

November 17, 2008

Switching coaches, Hoff will work with Bowman

Olympic swimmer Katie Hoff confirmed last night that she has decided to change coaches, saying she'll be working exclusively with Bob Bowman, Michael Phelps' coach.

November 18, 2008

USA Swimming honors Phelps; Bowman repeats as Coach of Year

Michael Phelps was named Athlete of the Year last night by USA Swimming at the annual Golden Goggle Awards, which recognize outstanding achievement in the pool for American athletes.

November 29, 2008

Peter Schmuck: Even as SI muddies waters, Phelps' prize clearly visible

In the interest of building some modicum of suspense, the people at Sports Illustrated have assembled a large group of candidates for the magazine's Sportsman of the Year award, which will be announced Tuesday.

October 5, 2008

Hometown hero

With cascades of shrieks and the pounding of oh-so-many teenage feet, they heralded his coming. At the center of the herd, rolling down York Road, was a National Guard Humvee with a lanky young man waving from its open roof.

November 7, 2008

Sun exclusive

For Phelps, a new pool venture

Olympian Michael Phelps and his coach, Bob Bowman, hoping to replicate their athletic success in the world of business, will announce a partnership today aimed at transforming the Meadowbrook Aquatic Center in Mount Washington into a world-class training facility.

October 5, 2008

Rick Maese: Phelps secures rare place in city's heart, sports lore

Over the course of 17 races in 1 1/2 weeks, they celebrated Michael Phelps from the privacy of their homes, their excited voices careening off living room walls, waking up neighbors and stopping nearby traffic. But for the most part, the cheers and screams faded somewhere between Baltimore and Beijing.

September 26, 2008

Phelps' worldwide splash

He has traveled to so many cities and countries since the Olympics ended, when he wakes up in the morning, it's almost impossible for Michael Phelps to remember the date, or even what day it is.

September 11, 2008

For Olympian, a new life

He has walked down the red carpet with Kid Rock, been a presenter at the MTV Video Music Awards, filmed a skit with Jimmy Kimmel, been asked for autographs by celebrities, been a guest on Jay Leno's show, served as honorary bell ringer at the New York Stock Exchange and is rehearsing for his role as this week's host of Saturday Night Live.

September 10, 2008

Towson parade to honor Phelps, fellow Olympians

Eleven Olympic athletes with Maryland ties - foremost among them Michael Phelps - are being invited to take part next month in a parade in their honor in Towson, followed by a salute at Fort McHenry that will be capped off with fireworks.

November 8, 2008

A role cemented at Meadowbrook

Murray Stephens likes to joke that it took his own blood to help build the Meadowbrook Aquatic Center.

October 18, 2008

Ideas floated; Phelps wades in

Though his celebratory parade in Towson represented a finale to Michael Phelps' post-Olympic blitz of public appearances, the swimmer is just beginning his quest to become an enduring marketing force.

September 24, 2008

Towson prepares for crowds along Phelps parade route

It's beginning to sound like a military operation, complete with maps, complex logistics, moving machinery and marchers in uniform.

September 4, 2008

Phelps a winner on 'Oprah'

Before Michael Phelps could finally return home to Baltimore, the Olympian needed to visit a fan in Chicago.

October 4, 2008

Out of pool, Phelps stays in his lane

It's unlikely you'll see Michael Phelps peel off his shirt, lean out of his open-top Hummer and fling it into the parade crowd today.

August 30, 2008

Catching up with Phelps much easier on land

There was a big personality waiting to leap out of Michael Phelps. He was just waiting for someone to ask the right questions after he waved to a crowd of fans in a celebratory parade hosted by Walt Disney's Magic Kingdom yesterday.

September 15, 2008

Under hot 'SNL' lights, Phelps plays it cool

It's very late at 30 Rockefeller Center, where it's been dark for hours, the stores long closed. Yet tourists and determined sightseers crowd the entrance, slog into an impossibly long but ever-growing line or just huddle around, camera phones on standby.

September 5, 2008

Phelps in the fast lane

This is what 24 hours in the life of Michael Phelps look like these days:

September 9, 2008

Celebration slated Oct. 4 for Olympian Phelps

Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps will be officially welcomed back to his hometown of Towson with a parade Oct. 4, a source close to the event's planning said yesterday. A second celebration will likely take place the same day in Baltimore. Details of the day's festivities in honor of Phelps and other Maryland Olympians are to be revealed today during a noon news conference attended by Gov. Martin O'Malley, Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon and James T. Smith Jr., Baltimore County's chief executive. A media advisory issued yesterday by the county's communications office made a point of mentioning that Phelps will not be attending today's news conference at Towson High School, although his mother, Debbie Phelps, is scheduled to be there. The record-shattering 24-year-old swimmer grew up in the Towson neighborhood of Rodgers Forge.

August 28, 2008

Swimmer Phelps to host SNL opener

Olympic star will try his hand at late-night comedy

September 3, 2008

Phelps to donate $1M bonus

Michael Phelps has long yearned to attract more kids to swimming and to teach them about the pursuit of dreams, using his own life as the textbook.

A hero's welcome, a new life in fame

August 24, 2008

A hero's welcome, a new life in fame

The life Michael Phelps returns to in Baltimore won't be like the one he left

August 24, 2008

Rick Maese: Dreaming for all of us

His arms are long enough to wrap around a Buick. His hands are as big as baseball mitts, and those feet would fit snugly in clown shoes. While his shoulders are broad, his lean frame would slide into a crack in the wall. In the afternoon, the sun casts a geometric shadow that's all sharp angles and long lines. It's easy to see that Michael Phelps is an amazing swimmer. He looks the part in every way possible.

A flying start

August 24, 2008

A flying start

First gold: 400 IM -- Aug. 10

August 24, 2008

Friends, rivals

Sixth gold: 200 IM -- Aug. 15

Team effort

August 24, 2008

Team effort

Second gold: 400 free relay -- Aug. 11

August 24, 2008

1 day, 2 golds

Fourth gold: 200 fly -- Aug. 13; Fifth gold: 800 free relay -- Aug. 13

August 18, 2008

Phelps to rest, reinvent

After a break, shorter events might dot star's path to gold in 2012, coaches say

Finish for ages

August 24, 2008

Finish for ages

Seventh gold: 100 fly -- Aug. 16

The greatest

August 24, 2008

The greatest

Eighth gold: 400 medley relay -- Aug. 17

August 24, 2008

Golden roll

Third gold: 200 free -- Aug. 12

August 18, 2008

Rick Maese: Phelps should just keep going

When London calls, swimmer will have answer

August 25, 2008

Phelps takes look ahead to London

Swimmer says he'll try 'new events'

August 18, 2008

Bush praises Phelps in and out of pool

President Bush praised Olympic champion Michael Phelps yesterday for his performance in the swimming pool and outside it.

August 21, 2008

Phelps trading cards, memorabilia bring high prices

Michael Phelps' remarkable Beijing performance will certainly bring riches his way, but it is also putting money in the pockets of collectors who snapped up Phelps memorabilia before the Olympics.

August 20, 2008

Phelps' pool plans uncertain

Michael Phelps has backed away from a previous comment he made about purchasing a pool in Baltimore, saying at a news conference yesterday that he's not sure of his plans.

August 19, 2008

Phelps and his 700,000 friends

Yes, Michael Phelps has been called a rock star. But online - at least on Facebook - the Rodgers Forge swimmer is actually much bigger than that.

August 20, 2008

Companies vie to hand Phelps money

Swimmer's star is high, but future fame uncertain

August 18, 2008

The Flip Side

The Flip Side: Heady moment

Thinking along same lines about Phelps

August 20, 2008

There's a word for that

Swimmer's wins are just 'Phelpsian'

August 17, 2008

Only race left for Phelps is against other sports legends

Michael Phelps has left us only with questions of history.

August 17, 2008

Rick Maese: Phelps cements place as greatest

A frenzy of golden energy, Michael Phelps exited the pool, shaking water off his lithe and lean body. Onto the pool deck splashed the droplets - those Baltimore roots, the memories from Greece and the immaculate show he'd just put on in China.

August 19, 2008

Now Phelps tackles fame

Swimmer adjusting to rush of media, fan attention after record-setting Games

1:50 AM EDT, August 17, 2008

Phelps completes historic quest

Rodgers Forge native wins 8th gold of Beijing Games in medley relay, breaking Spitz's 36-year-old record; 'Every day it seems like I'm in sort of a dream world'

August 17, 2008

For Ravens fans, a victory

More than 10,000 stay to watch Phelps win historic gold

August 18, 2008

Will Olympic ratings keep making a splash?

Can't Michael Phelps stay? Please?

12:19 AM EDT, August 17, 2008

Phelps' eight golds, race by race

It's been quite a ride. Michael Phelps has been bold. He's been dominating. He's been lucky. And he's even been mortal when his goggles filled with water like an age-group swimmer. The second gold, a teammate assisted, saving the day. The seventh gold, give an assist to the Omega timing touchpad. (By the way, Omega is one of his sponsors.) But in the end, with Sunday morning's win, he became the first swimmer to win eight gold medals in the same Olympics. Here's a look back at how he did it.

August 16, 2008

Rick Maese: Good to the last drop

He shows great wall of own to out-touch foe for gold No. 7

1:06 AM EDT, August 16, 2008

Phelps rallies, makes history by a hair

Swimmer's victory by a hundredth of a second puts him within one win of a record 8 gold medals

August 15, 2008

A Phelps frenzy

Region in thrall to favorite son's Olympic feats

August 17, 2008

Gold standard

A look at the records and career of Michael Phelps

August 16, 2008

Opposites attract

Coach Bob Bowman, often tough, pushes Phelps to greatness

August 14, 2008

Baltimore TV soaks up the Phelps-Hoff splash

The hometown crowd is watching Michael Phelps and his unprecedented Olympics success in near-record numbers, making Baltimore the highest-rated TV market for this year's Games and helping WBAL, Channel 11, absolutely trounce the prime-time competition since Friday night's opening ceremonies.

August 16, 2008

Phelps never bigger; test of time looms

He and Spitz set 7-goal standard but in varied way

August 15, 2008

Golden quirks

Think you know everything about Phelps? Here are eight of his lesser-known traits

August 8, 2008

Rick Maese: Does crown fit?

For Phelps, yes, but Hoff more regal than Torres

August 16, 2008

Spitz relates to Phelps 36 years after feat

They are both tied to the number seven, as in medals. They both swam six of the same events and set world records in all of them. They were both the talk of the sporting world.

August 14, 2008

Where only swimmers' best will do

For Murray Stephens and the North Baltimore Aquatic Club, effort is everything

August 13, 2008

Rick Maese: A full morning

Counting down to a pair of finals for Phelps, Hoff

12:58 AM EDT, August 15, 2008

6th gold for Phelps

Swimming phenomenon sets 6th world record in as many events

August 14, 2008

Rick Maese: Phelps' home schooling

Swimmer has earned the glory, but sisters showed him the way

August 13, 2008

Swimming in world records

It's sport's progress, not their suits, athletes say

2:18 AM EDT, August 13, 2008

Phelps stands alone in Olympic history

Swimmer wins two more races, sets mark with 11 career gold medals; he stays on track to break Spitz's record for single Games

August 15, 2008

Rogge: Phelps is 'icon'

IOC president compares swimmer to Owens, Lewis

August 10, 2008

Phelps' shining win

Olympian grasps his first gold of the Games, breaks his old world record

1:51 AM EDT, August 12, 2008

Phelps wins 200 free, now 3-for-3

Swimmer stays perfect in Beijing with third victory, third world record, tying Olympic mark with ninth career gold medal

August 10, 2008

Rick Maese: A record start for Phelps

The race for history started this way: the lean swimmer stretching on the block and channeling adrenaline, his icy stare directed solely at the pool. His sights were not set on eight gold medals. For today, for this race, one would be enough.

6:54 AM EDT, August 11, 2008

Phelps' Olympic quest on track

U.S. team comes from behind for dramatic win in 400 freestyle relay; Hoff wins silver medal in 400 freestyle

Phelps' voyage

August 3, 2008

Phelps' voyage

From Rodgers Forge to the brink of Beijing, the swimmer hasn't always been on cruise control

August 9, 2008

Games' focus is Phelps

Athlete tackles buzz about medal count one meet at a time

August 1, 2008

Rick Maese: Phelps homeward bound

It was raining outside when her youngest left the nest.

July 5, 2008

Rick Maese: Olympics will shine Phelps-like spotlight on Hoff

In the universe of hypotheticals, the most popular impossibility buzzing around the pool is this:

July 5, 2008

Phelps in a world of his own

Rodgers Forge swimmer nips Lochte, sets mark in 200-meter individual medley

July 28, 2008

Rally to honor Phelps and Hoff

A rally will be held at 7:15 p.m. Friday in downtown Towson to honor Baltimore County residents Michael Phelps and Katie Hoff, who are in Beijing to compete on the U.S. Olympic swim team.

August 5, 2008

Phelps low-key on arrival to China

Michael Phelps sneaked into Beijing almost unnoticed. He's unlikely to go out that way.

July 3, 2008

Hoff races to finish; Phelps wins 200M butterfly

In the eyes of the world, Katie Hoff has always been a great swimmer. That was obvious, even when she was 14 years old.

July 6, 2008

Phelps, Hoff up to the challenge

Rivals no match for the local swimmers at U.S. Olympic trials

July 4, 2008

U.S. Olympic Trials

Few are multitasking at U.S. Olympic trials

Phelps, Hoff in multiple events, but not many follow their example

July 7, 2008

Competitive drive fuels Phelps, Hoff

For local Olympic swimmers, heartfelt hopes become big realities

July 6, 2008

Rick Maese: Spitz sees Phelps within striking distance

And now the race is on. They've leapt from the starting blocks. In one lane, expectations. In another, hope. And in a third, speculation.

June 19, 2008

Phelps, Hoff have busy trials schedules

In the competitive run-up to the U.S. Olympic swimming team trials, Michael Phelps and Katie Hoff carried a heavy workload.

June 30, 2008

Opening record for Phelps

Throughout Michael Phelps' amazing swimming career, only a handful of men have had the courage, the conditioning and the competitive moxie to race him in the 400-meter individual medley and match him stroke for stroke.

June 29, 2008

A sea change for swimming

As a young man, Michael Phelps dreamed of the day he would, in his words, change the sport of swimming in America.

June 8, 2008

Phelps' game plan simplifies winning

Before his second race of the day, the 100-meter backstroke, Michael Phelps got succinct advice from his coach: Be first.

June 7, 2008

Swimming

Phelps, Hoff warm up for trials

The pieces of Katie Hoff's aquatic Chinese puzzle are beginning to come together. One stroke strengthens another. Distances seem to shrink. A skill honed gets her closer to her goal: the starting blocks in Beijing.

May 19, 2008

Sports Digest: Phelps tops Peirsol in 100 back, caps big meet

Michael Phelps of Rodgers Forge ended his drought against Aaron Peirsol and is ready to start turning his attention toward the U.S. Olympic trials.

April 7, 2008

Swimming: Toyota Grand Prix

Hoff wins 2 more in prep for Olympic trials

In the span of 42 minutes last night, Towson's Katie Hoff won two gold medals and a silver at the Toyota Grand Prix competition.

June 28, 2008

Olympic Trials

A freestyle attitude for Phelps at trials

Michael Phelps isn't shy about how much he loves to play poker. He plays it with friends, plays it in casinos with strangers, and sometimes plays it online, late at night.

May 11, 2008

Swimming

Phelps returns to attend NBAC fundraiser

Michael Phelps showed up at the Meadowbrook Aquatic Center last night and climbed into the pool.

July 2, 2008

U.S. Olympic Trials

Phelps free and easy

Shortly after Michael Phelps finished the 200-meter freestyle last night, Mark Schubert, the venerable coach of the U.S. swim team, walked down onto the pool deck inside Qwest Center and threw an arm around the Rodgers Forge native.

April 5, 2008

Ohio State Grand Prix

Phelps 1-for-3, Hoff wins 2; both shrug

Michael Phelps likes wearing his Detroit Tigers hat sideways, and sometimes backward.

February 18, 2008

Missouri Grand Prix

Hoff makes her mark

Katie Hoff took two more gold medals yesterday at the Missouri Grand Prix and $20 from Michael Phelps.

April 4, 2008

Swimsuit Saga

Speedo's strong suit

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.

April 18, 2008

Bowman coming back - so is Phelps

Michael Phelps has always said he'd be willing to follow his coach, Bob Bowman, just about anywhere. After the Beijing Olympics, it looks as if Phelps will be following him right back to Baltimore.

February 17, 2008

No pain is gain for Phelps

Michael Phelps climbed out of the pool yesterday after swimming the 200-meter butterfly and waggled his right wrist. As he looked over his split times with Jon Urbanchek, one of his coaches at Club Wolverine, Phelps smiled, then shrugged.

April 30, 2008

Beijing Olympics: 100 Days To Go

No excuses as Phelps prepares for Beijing

In one corner of the Donald B. Canham Natatorium, a massive brick building on the University of Michigan campus that houses a 50-meter pool, there is a tiny clock with glowing red numbers.

February 16, 2008

Missouri Grand Prix Meet

A matter of time

Michael Phelps readily concedes that he's not much of a morning person.

June 6, 2008

Hoff, Phelps aim to relax

With about three weeks to go before the competition to determine the U.S. Olympic swimming team, elite athletes like Katie Hoff and Michael Phelps don't have to turn heads at the final Grand Prix meet this weekend.

February 15, 2008

Swimming Missouri Grand Prix

Setting a course for Beijing

A year ago, swimmer Michael Phelps showed up in Columbia, Mo., for the Missouri Grand Prix with low expectations. He did not have history on his mind.

January 22, 2008

Phelps goes 2-for-3, with improved times

Michael Phelps went 2-for-3 in consecutive events at the Southern California Grand Prix last night, swimming faster times in each than he did a year ago.

April 6, 2008

Phelps wins 400 IM at Ohio State Grand Prix

When Katie Hoff finished the 400-meter individual medley last night, everyone assumed she just had set a U.S. Open record. It was announced over the public address system at the Ohio State Grand Prix, the crowd roared, and a representative from USA Swimming tried to congratulate her.

February 19, 2008

Phelps troubled by 400 IM

Michael Phelps didn't sleep well this past week at the Missouri Grand Prix. And he couldn't figure out why.

December 2, 2007

Swimming

Phelps first in 100 free

Michael Phelps won the 100-yard freestyle for his second individual victory at the U.S. short-course national championships.

November 30, 2007

Swimming

Lochte tops Phelps in IM

Ryan Lochte beat Michael Phelps by 1.24 seconds with an American-record time in the latest renewal of their rivalry on the opening night of the U.S. short-course national championships yesterday.

January 21, 2008

Phelps shy of record in 400 IM victory

Michael Phelps cruised to an 8.68-second victory in the 400-yard individual medley at the Southern California Grand Prix meet last night, flirting with his American record before falling off the pace.

November 29, 2007

Swimming

Phelps returns to racing today

Michael Phelps will hit the water today at the U.S. short-course national championships, testing his surgically repaired right wrist for the first time in competition since he hurt himself getting into a car in October.

January 20, 2008

Swimming

Phelps wins twice at Grand Prix

Michael Phelps opened the Olympic year with two victories at the Southern California Grand Prix, swimming his best times in the 100- and 500-yard freestyles last night.

November 20, 2007

Swimming

Phelps, Hoff honored as best U.S. swimmers

Michael Phelps won a leading three Golden Goggles awards, including Male Athlete of the Year, on Sunday night when USA Swimming honored the year's top American performers.

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