Michael Phelps

Michael Phelps made himself into the foremost Golden Boy of the U. S. Olympic team in the 2000s on his way to becoming the most prolific gold-medalist in the event's history. A Maryland-born wunderkind, Phelps made the ... Read more »
Born: 06/30/1985 in Baltimore, Maryland, USA


Actor (8)

Suits 2014 (Tv Show)


Entourage 2008 - 2009 (Tv Show)


Jimmy Kimmel's Big Night of Stars 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)


The 2008 MTV Video Music Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)


Saturday Night Live 2008 (Tv Show)


The 2007 ESPY Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)


Miss USA 2005 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)



Michael Phelps made himself into the foremost Golden Boy of the U. S. Olympic team in the 2000s on his way to becoming the most prolific gold-medalist in the event's history. A Maryland-born wunderkind, Phelps made the U.S. national swimming team at age 15, growing into a lithe 6'4" youth with incredible power in the water. He put his sport on notice in international competition in 2001, becoming the youngest male athlete to set a world record at the World Aquatics Championships. Returning to the U.S. team for the 2004 Olympics, he garnered six gold medals and two bronze, becoming the most celebrated swimmer since Olympic great Mark Spitz won seven gold medals in 1972. Phelps would be the frontispiece of Olympic hopes and marketing four years later when he eclipsed Spitz's record with eight gold medals in the 2008 Beijing Olympiad. In spite of a raft of major corporations inking his endorsement and likeness for advertising, including Visa, Subway, PowerBar, Under Armour and Kellogg Co., he made nearly as many headlines when images of him smoking marijuana surfaced in the wake of Beijing. He nevertheless returned for what he insisted would be his final Olympiad, the London 2012 Games, and secured another four gold and two silver medals, making him the most decorated Olympian of all time, having claimed 18 gold and 22 medals total. Phelps became one of those rare Olympic athletes whose singular talents bolted him beyond the limitations of quadrennial stardom to become a crossover celebrity.


Fred Phelps


Debbie Phelps


Whitney Phelps

Born 1978 Member of the 1995 World Championship team in swimming

Hilary Phelps

Born 1980

Megan Rossee

Began dating January 2012 Reportedly split by January 2013


Loyola High School

Towson , Maryland

University of Michigan

Ann Arbor , Michigan
Studied Sports Marketing and Management



Won four gold and two silver at 2012 Olympic Games in London, England; beat gymnast Larisa Latynina's prior record (18) with a total of 22 career Olympic medals


Published No Limits: The Will to Succeed, co-written with Alan Abrahamson


Established the Michael Phelps Foundation, which promoted the sport of swimming as well as healthier lifestyles


Set all-time single Olympics gold-medal record at the 2008 Games in Beijing, China with eight wins; surpassed swimmer Mark Spitz's 1972 record of seven golds


Made a cameo on HBO's "Entourage"


Co-wrote Michael Phelps: Beneath the Surface with Brian Cazeneuve


Won six gold and two bronze medals at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece; tied with Soviet gymnast Aleksandr Dityatin for most medals in a single Olympic Games


Set the world record in the 200-meter butterfly, becoming the youngest male swimmer in history to ever set a world swimming record


Earned first international medal at the 2001 World Championships in Fukuoka, Japan


At 15, became the youngest American male swimmer at an Olympic Games in 68 years; did not medal at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia


Qualified for the U.S. National B Team

Began swimming when his two older sisters Whitney and Hilary joined a local swim team

Met coach Bob Bowman when he started training at the North Baltimore Aquatic Club at the Meadowbrook Aquatic and Fitness Center

Bonus Trivia


Phelps was diagnosed with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) when he was in the sixth grade.


He wore a size 14 shoe. His wing span measured in at 6 foot 7 inches.


Following the 2004 Olympic Games Athens, Phelps was arrested in Maryland for driving under the influence of alcohol. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 18 months probation. He also paid a $250 fine, ordered to speak to high school students about drunk driving, and attended a Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) meeting.


In February 2009, USA Swimming suspended Phelps for three months after British tabloid News of the World ran photos of Phelps using a water pipe, a device often associated with smoking marijuana, while at a University of Southern Carolina party. Phelps admitted to the photo and apologized for his behavior.


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