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Michael Phelps

Michael Fred Phelps (born June 30, 1985) is an American swimmer known for winning 14 Olympic gold medals, the most by any Olympian. Overall, Phelps has won 16 Olympic medals—six gold and two bronze at Athens in 2004, and eight gold at Beijing in 2008. In doing so he has twice equaled the record eight medals of any type at a single Olympics achieved by Soviet gymnast Alexander Dityatin at the 1980 Moscow Summer Games. His five golds in individual events tied the single Games record set by Eric Heiden in the 1980 Winter Olympics and equaled by Vitaly Scherbo at the 1992 Summer Games. Phelps holds the record for the most gold medals won in a single Olympics, his eight at the 2008 Beijing Games surpassed American swimmer Mark Spitz's seven-gold performance at Munich in 1972. Phelps Olympic medal total is second only to the 18 Soviet gymnast Larissa Latynina won over three Olympics, including nine gold. Phelps's international titles and record breaking performances have earned him the World Swimmer of the Year Award six times and American Swimmer of the Year Award eight times. He has won a total of fifty-nine medals in major international competition, fifty gold, seven silver, and two bronze spanning the Olympics, the World, and the Pan Pacific Championships. His unprecedented Olympic success in 2008 earned Phelps Sports Illustrated magazine's Sportsman of the Year award.

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Michael Phelps CRUSHES Vegas, Wins $100,000 in Poker

Michael Phelps
CRUSHES Vegas Wins $100K in Poker

All Michael Phelps knows how to do is WIN -- the world's most medaled man hit Vegas this week ... and sources tell TMZ he walked off with $100,000 from a single poker game.Phelps has been touring… READ MORE >

Michael Phelps' Girlfriend Megan Rossee -- The Gold-Winning Bikini!

Michael Phelps' GF
The Gold-Winning Bikini

While Michael Phelps is off hanging out in a mankini with his guys pals in the Maldives, his gorgeous reported girlfriend Megan Rossee was frolicking in a sexy gold bikini at the beach in Santa… READ MORE >

- 611 days ago
Michael Phelps -- Say Hello To My Little Friends

Michael Phelps
Say Hello To My Little Friends

Michael Phelps celebrated the end of the Olympics by taking his bros on a totally platonic, Speedo-packed trip to a deserted island -- and now we're toasting Mike's banana hammock posse ... with a… READ MORE >

- 614 days ago
Michael Phelps Vacation Photos

Michael Phelps
Competes in the 5xBanana Hammock Relay

Michael Phelps really meant it when he decided to go on a guys only vacation to the Maldives ... and TMZ has the bro-tastic pics to prove it. As TMZ first reported, Phelps opted to skip… READ MORE >

- 615 days ago
Michael Phelps DITCHING GF Megan Rossee to Bro Out on Tropical Island

Michael Phelps
DITCHING Hot GF to Bro Out on Tropical Island

Michael Phelps told Bob Costas he wanted to travel the world after retiring from swimming ... and now TMZ has learned that Stop #1 is gonna be AWESOME ... a boys trip to one of the most expensive… READ MORE >

- 619 days ago
Michael Phelps' Girlfriend Megan Rossee -- Private Jet-Setting, Vegas-Hopping Hobnobber

Michael Phelps' GF
Private Jet-Setting Vegas-Hopping Hobnobber

Michael Phelps' hot cocktail waitress GF has been around the block -- in fact, she's been around the WORLD ... on private jets ... long before she ever met Phelps ... all because of her pretty… READ MORE >

- 620 days ago
Michael Phelps -- I Partied with My Other Medals Too!

Michael Phelps
I Partied with My OTHER Medals Too!

All that glitters is not gold ... sometimes it's silver too -- and Michael Phelps partied with BOTH last night in London, hitting up a nightclub with his 2 silver medals from the 2012 Games ... in… READ MORE >

- 621 days ago
Michael Phelps -- Yeah, I Went Clubbing with My GOLD MEDALS!!

Michael Phelps
Yeah, I Went Clubbing with My GOLD MEDALS!!

Michael Phelps took three of his closest friends out clubbing in London this weekend -- gold medal, gold medal and gold medal. Just hours after swimming the last race of his career, Phelps -- the… READ MORE >

- 621 days ago
The Non-Phelps Other Swimmers -- Who'd You Rather?

The Non-Phelps Other Swimmers
Who'd You Rather?

Michael Phelps received his 19th Olympic medal by winning gold in the 4 x 200m Freestyle with the help of his fellow ripped and shaved smooth teammates Conor Dwyer, Ryan Lochte and Ricky… READ MORE >

- 622 days ago
Michael Phelps -- Gold Medal Loser in Real Estate

Michael Phelps
Gold Medal Loser ... In Real Estate

Michael Phelps is the biggest badass on the planet when he's in the water -- but in real estate ... he's a total loser. Good thing he's got 20 Olympic medals to ease his pain.Check out TMZ on TV… READ MORE >

- 624 days ago

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