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February 20, 2007
Rachel Reeder James Buchanan Swimming Junior What do you like best about your sport? "The competition, all my friends on the swim team and just trying to work my hardest and do my best. " Your greatest accomplishment in your sport? "When I went to states last year and summer nationals at the Y this summer. " Toughest individual opponent you have faced? Leah Gingrich Toughest team you have faced? Trinity Other sports? Tennis Other activities in school are you involved in?
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By M. DOUGLAS BECKER | February 17, 2009
So? What did you think about Michael Phelps smoking weed? Is he a druggie or a heroic fighter for decriminalization of marijuana? A great athlete in a celebratory mood or just another pothead? A vile lawbreaker or just a wild kid? Is he the main character in a tragedy or a farce? Phelps will truly remain one of the finest Olympic swimmers of all time. His aquatic accomplishments are the stuff of legend and that can never be taken from him. He should forever remain in the Maryland Pantheon of sports figures despite this incriminating photo and a previous DWI. Our prodigal Marylander has explained that he suffered from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and had great difficulty with concentration and impulsive behaviors.
NEWS
By CHAD SMITH | August 17, 2008
Michael Phelps is ridiculous. Sometimes when I watch this guy swim, I expect to see a dolphin tail sprout from behind him. Not only has he won every medal race he's swum in so far, he also set new world records for good measure. Phelps doesn't just win. He dominates. In one race, his goggles were filled with water and he couldn't see. He still won! When I researched Michael Phelps for this article, I checked out profiles of him in USAToday and on NBC. I discovered some amazing things about why he performs so amazingly well, and so much better than in the 2004 games.
NEWS
July 28, 2009
ROME (AP) -- The winner draped himself triumphantly on the lane rope, thrusting his right hand in the air to celebrate a world record. It's a familiar scene for Michael Phelps. This time, all he could do was watch. Germany's Paul Biedermann handed Phelps his first major individual loss in four years -- and snatched away his world record, too -- with a stunning win in the 200-meter freestyle at the world swimming championships on Tuesday. Virtually unknown outside his country before this meet, Biedermann has erased Ian Thorpe from the record book in the 400 free and knocked off the winningest Olympian in history -- all in the space of three days.
NEWS
August 20, 2008
BEIJING (AP) -- Michael Phelps jetted off from his Olympics of a lifetime on Wednesday night, zooming into a future that includes newfound celebrity status, oodles of money and a possible redo four years from now at the London Games. The swimmer who won a historic eight gold medals and set seven world records in Beijing was departing on an overnight flight to London, where he'll help in the handover of the Summer Games from China to the 2012 host city during Sunday's closing ceremonies.
NEWS
August 11, 2008
BEIJING (AP) -- Michael Phelps ended his busiest day yet at the Olympic pool by easily advancing Monday evening to the 200-meter butterfly semifinals, about eight hours after swimming the leadoff leg on the victorious U.S. 400 freestyle relay. That race will long be remembered for Jason Lezak's amazing anchor leg in which he came from behind and outtouched Frenchman Alain Bernard at the wall, keeping alive Phelps' bid to break Mark Spitz's record of seven gold medals. Otherwise, Phelps simply took care of business.
NEWS
July 29, 2009
ROME (AP) -- Now that's more like it. Michael Phelps bounced back from a stunning loss with something more familiar -- another world record Wednesday. One night after he was soundly beaten by Germany's Paul Biedermann, Phelps set a world record in the 200-meter butterfly with a time of 1 minute, 51.51 seconds -- more than a half-second ahead of his previous mark, 1:52.03. Phelps whipped around quickly to see his time and held up his right index finger when the "WR" was posted.
NEWS
August 11, 2008
BEIJING (AP) -- By a fingertip, Michael Phelps is still on course for eight gold medals. He can thank Jason Lezak for getting him No. 2. The oldest man on the U.S. swimming team pulled off one of the great comebacks in Olympic history Monday morning, lunging to the wall just ahead of France's Alain Bernard in a race so fast it actually erased two world records. Wow! Few sporting events live up the hype -- this one exceeded it. The 32-year-old Lezak was nearly a body length behind the massive Bernard as they made the final turn, but the American hugged the lane rope, drafting off the Frenchman and stunningly overtaking him on the very last stroke.
NEWS
August 19, 2008
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Visa Inc. popped out ads almost as quickly as he swam his laps. Pizza Hut is giving Michael Phelps free pizza and pasta for a year -- his teammates, too -- for beating Mark Spitz's record of seven gold medals in one Olympics. The makers of a new sports drink are embarking on their first national advertising campaign, banking on his most recent swimming glories. Phelps -- the biggest Olympic athlete in years, if not ever -- is everywhere this summer. And companies want to share in his fame.
NEWS
August 14, 2008
BEIJING (AP) -- Shocking news from the pool: Michael Phelps finished second in something! Well, it was merely in qualifying for the 200-meter medley finals. On the first day he wasn't chasing gold, Phelps won his semifinal heat, then saw teammate and top foe Ryan Lochte go 0.01 second faster in his. That means Lochte will have the coveted middle lane in Friday's race, when Phelps will be looking for his sixth medal in Beijing and 12th of his Olympic career. Perhaps the bigger shocker Thursday was that neither set a world record because they sure were falling during the morning session at the Water Cube.
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NEWS
July 29, 2009
ROME (AP) -- Now that's more like it. Michael Phelps bounced back from a stunning loss with something more familiar -- another world record Wednesday. One night after he was soundly beaten by Germany's Paul Biedermann, Phelps set a world record in the 200-meter butterfly with a time of 1 minute, 51.51 seconds -- more than a half-second ahead of his previous mark, 1:52.03. Phelps whipped around quickly to see his time and held up his right index finger when the "WR" was posted.
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NEWS
July 28, 2009
ROME (AP) -- The winner draped himself triumphantly on the lane rope, thrusting his right hand in the air to celebrate a world record. It's a familiar scene for Michael Phelps. This time, all he could do was watch. Germany's Paul Biedermann handed Phelps his first major individual loss in four years -- and snatched away his world record, too -- with a stunning win in the 200-meter freestyle at the world swimming championships on Tuesday. Virtually unknown outside his country before this meet, Biedermann has erased Ian Thorpe from the record book in the 400 free and knocked off the winningest Olympian in history -- all in the space of three days.
NEWS
By M. DOUGLAS BECKER | February 17, 2009
So? What did you think about Michael Phelps smoking weed? Is he a druggie or a heroic fighter for decriminalization of marijuana? A great athlete in a celebratory mood or just another pothead? A vile lawbreaker or just a wild kid? Is he the main character in a tragedy or a farce? Phelps will truly remain one of the finest Olympic swimmers of all time. His aquatic accomplishments are the stuff of legend and that can never be taken from him. He should forever remain in the Maryland Pantheon of sports figures despite this incriminating photo and a previous DWI. Our prodigal Marylander has explained that he suffered from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and had great difficulty with concentration and impulsive behaviors.
NEWS
August 20, 2008
BEIJING (AP) -- Michael Phelps jetted off from his Olympics of a lifetime on Wednesday night, zooming into a future that includes newfound celebrity status, oodles of money and a possible redo four years from now at the London Games. The swimmer who won a historic eight gold medals and set seven world records in Beijing was departing on an overnight flight to London, where he'll help in the handover of the Summer Games from China to the 2012 host city during Sunday's closing ceremonies.
NEWS
August 19, 2008
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Visa Inc. popped out ads almost as quickly as he swam his laps. Pizza Hut is giving Michael Phelps free pizza and pasta for a year -- his teammates, too -- for beating Mark Spitz's record of seven gold medals in one Olympics. The makers of a new sports drink are embarking on their first national advertising campaign, banking on his most recent swimming glories. Phelps -- the biggest Olympic athlete in years, if not ever -- is everywhere this summer. And companies want to share in his fame.
NEWS
August 17, 2008
BEIJING (AP) -- Michael Phelps got what he came for, capping the greatest Olympics for an individual athlete by winning his eighth gold medal in Beijing and 14th of his career. Matt Emmons? Well, he probably prefers we talk more about Phelps. The swimmer from Baltimore and the shooter who went to college in Alaska demonstrated Sunday how the Olympic experience can bring out the best and worst in people. Phelps was the joyous part, of course, a big reason the U.S. team closed out a meet full of world records with yet another in the Olympic 400-meter relay.
NEWS
By CHAD SMITH | August 17, 2008
Michael Phelps is ridiculous. Sometimes when I watch this guy swim, I expect to see a dolphin tail sprout from behind him. Not only has he won every medal race he's swum in so far, he also set new world records for good measure. Phelps doesn't just win. He dominates. In one race, his goggles were filled with water and he couldn't see. He still won! When I researched Michael Phelps for this article, I checked out profiles of him in USAToday and on NBC. I discovered some amazing things about why he performs so amazingly well, and so much better than in the 2004 games.
NEWS
August 14, 2008
BEIJING (AP) -- Shocking news from the pool: Michael Phelps finished second in something! Well, it was merely in qualifying for the 200-meter medley finals. On the first day he wasn't chasing gold, Phelps won his semifinal heat, then saw teammate and top foe Ryan Lochte go 0.01 second faster in his. That means Lochte will have the coveted middle lane in Friday's race, when Phelps will be looking for his sixth medal in Beijing and 12th of his Olympic career. Perhaps the bigger shocker Thursday was that neither set a world record because they sure were falling during the morning session at the Water Cube.
NEWS
August 11, 2008
BEIJING (AP) -- Michael Phelps ended his busiest day yet at the Olympic pool by easily advancing Monday evening to the 200-meter butterfly semifinals, about eight hours after swimming the leadoff leg on the victorious U.S. 400 freestyle relay. That race will long be remembered for Jason Lezak's amazing anchor leg in which he came from behind and outtouched Frenchman Alain Bernard at the wall, keeping alive Phelps' bid to break Mark Spitz's record of seven gold medals. Otherwise, Phelps simply took care of business.
NEWS
August 11, 2008
BEIJING (AP) -- By a fingertip, Michael Phelps is still on course for eight gold medals. He can thank Jason Lezak for getting him No. 2. The oldest man on the U.S. swimming team pulled off one of the great comebacks in Olympic history Monday morning, lunging to the wall just ahead of France's Alain Bernard in a race so fast it actually erased two world records. Wow! Few sporting events live up the hype -- this one exceeded it. The 32-year-old Lezak was nearly a body length behind the massive Bernard as they made the final turn, but the American hugged the lane rope, drafting off the Frenchman and stunningly overtaking him on the very last stroke.
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