Michael Phelps

Michael Phelps was born in Towson, Maryland on June 30, 1985. Phelps was initially fearful of putting his face in the water. However, he overcame this discomfort and, in 1996, was inspired by the performances of Tom Malchow and Tom Dolan during the Olympic Games in Atlanta, Georgia. Shortly afterwards he joined the North Baltimore Athletic Club, where he met Bob Bowman – his coach.
Michael Phelps is known as the most decorated Olympian of all times, with a total of 23 Olympic medals won in three Olympic Games. He is known for his formidable butterfly, though he also specializes in individual medleys and the 100 and 200-meter freestyle.
Although Phelps struggled in school, he focused when it came to swimming. In 2000, Phelps   qualified in the 200-meter butterfly in Sydney, Australia. At 15, he was the youngest male Olympian the United States had had in about 70 years.
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