Michael Phelps in Pictures: 27 Amazing Facts on The Greatest Olympian

Aug 13, 2016, 17:17 PM IST
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Michael Phelps

1. He was born on June 30, 1985 in Baltimore, Maryland.

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Michael Phelps

2. He is nicknamed as 'The Baltimore Bullet' and 'Flying Fish'.

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Michael Phelps

3. He began swimming at the age of seven.

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Michael Phelps

4. When was in the sixth standard, he was diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

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Michael Phelps

5. At the age of 10, he held a national record for his age group in the 100-meter butterfly.

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Michael Phelps

6. His lungs are nearly twice the size of the average human, at 12 litres.

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Michael Phelps

7. He has a 3-month-old son named Boomer.

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Michael Phelps

8. His fiancee Nicole Johnson is an American model and beauty queen who was crowned Miss California USA 2010.

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Michael Phelps

9. Phelps initially retired following the 2012 London Olympics, but in April 2014 he made a comeback.

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Michael Phelps

10. In 2004, he was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol and was sentenced to serve 18 months' probation.

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Michael Phelps

11. In the year 2009, publication of a photo of Phelps using a water pipe handed him a three-month suspension by USA swimming.

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Michael Phelps

12. In 2014 September, he was again arrested on speeding charges and driving under the influence of alcohol.

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Michael Phelps

13. A street in his hometown of Baltimore was renamed The Michael Phelps Way in 2004.

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Michael Phelps

14. He attended Rodgers Forge Elementary, Dumbarton Middle School, and Towson High School.

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Michael Phelps

15. His ancestry includes English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh, and German.

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Michael Phelps

16. He has won total 27 medals at the Olympics.

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Michael Phelps

17. He was the American flag bearer at the opening ceremony of Rio 2016.

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Michael Phelps

18. Phelps broke 200-meter butterfly world record in 2001 to become the youngest male swimmer ever to do so.

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Michael Phelps

19. He became a world champion for the first time in 2001, at World Championships in Fukuoka, Japan.

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Michael Phelps

20. Having represented US in 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012 and 2016 Games, he holds the records for most gold medals (19), most such medals in individual events (11), and most such medals at a single games (8, in Beijing 2008).

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Michael Phelps

21. With a net worth of around $55 million, he is counted among the richest Olympians ever.

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Michael Phelps

22. Michael Phelps had set up a Michael Phelps Foundation, which aims at increasing the awareness of swimming as a sport.

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Michael Phelps

23. In 2008, Michael Phelps famously claimed he ate 12,000 calories a day.

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Michael Phelps

24. Bob Bowman became Phelps coach from a young age and has been with him ever since.

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Michael Phelps

25. His father’s name is Fred Phelps and his mother’s name is Debbie Phelps. They were divorced when Phelps was 9.

 

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Michael Phelps

26. Phelps was denied another gold in the 100m butterfly final at Rio which was won by Joseph Schooling.

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Michael Phelps

27. After winning his 27th Olympic medal at Rio, he said he ready to retire.

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