How Old Is Michael Phelps? posted by Swim
Born June 30, 1985, Michael Phelps is renowned swimmer who has won the most medals in the Olympics for swimming, until date. Phelps has won 22 medals in total, which is an all-time record. At the 2008 Olympics, held in Beijing, he won eight gold medals, which created the record for most first-place finishes in a single Olympic game. Five of those medals were for individual events, which tied the single games record. At the 2012 Olympics, held in London, Phelps won two silver and four gold medals, which made him the most successful athlete of the Olympics, third time in a row.
Phelps holds the world record for long course 200 and 400 meters individual medley, 200-meter freestyle, and for 100 and 200 meters butterfly stroke events. He has won 77 medals total, while swimming at international long-course events, which includes 3 bronzes, 13 silvers, and 61 gold medals. The combination of breaking records, and his collection of international awards, has earned him the FINA Swimmer of the Year Award once in 2012, American Swimmer of the Year Award nine times, and World Swimmer of the Year Award seven times.
Phelps was a very active boy, and he started swimming when he was seven years old, as an outlet for his high energy. By the time he was ten years old, he held the swimming record at the national level for his age category. After that, he began training under Bob Bowman, at the North Baltimore Aquatic Club. Phelps kept breaking records in all the age groups, and eventually qualified for the 2000 Olympic Games when he was only 15 years old. However, he did not win any medal, and finished fifth in the 200-meter butterfly finals. However, in 2001, he broke the world record for the event at the World Aquatics Championships.Continue reading "How Old Is Michael Phelps?"