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July 26, 2003 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
It was a day like no male swimmer ever had. Michael Phelps set world records in two events yesterday at the World Swimming Championships in Barcelona, and he did it in less than an hour. None of swimming's greats - not Mark Spitz, not Matt Biondi, not even Ian Thorpe, the sport's current star - managed to break records in two individual events on the same day. Phelps turned in his unprecedented swims in the 100-meter butterfly (51.47 seconds) and the 200 individual medley (1 minute, 56.04 seconds)
NEWS
February 12, 2009
IWAS OFFENDED by Signe's Feb. 5 cartoon of Michael Phelps. Phelps is an Olympic icon, and to portray him with marijuana leaves as gold medals around his neck was insulting. While I don't condone the use of drugs of any kind, what he did after the Olympics was his business, but he made a huge mistake and he realized it. There is always someone out there ready to take you down and he was caught using a drug and someone got the photo. It looked from Signe's cartoon like Phelps was on drugs when he was in the Olympics.
NEWS
February 13, 2009
THANKS for Jill Porter's eminently sensible column about Michael Phelps and marijuana ("Phelps a Toke-ing of Pot Legalizers' Affection," Feb. 4). It's worth remembering that no one would raise an eyebrow if Phelps had been photographed hoisting a Bud or a martini. Compared to marijuana, alcohol is more addictive, more toxic and orders of magnitude more likely to make users aggressive or violent. Phelps apparently chose to unwind with a substance that is far safer, despite its legal status.
SPORTS
July 6, 2016 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, STAFF WRITER
Michael Phelps left Omaha this weekend with a record fifth Olympic team spot, victories in three individual events and an image softened by time and parenthood. During an unprecedented career, the lanky Baltimorean has earned 22 Olympic medals but also plenty of tabloid headlines. An admitted party animal, he's been arrested twice for DUIs and in 2009 was suspended by USA Swimming after a photo surfaced of him taking a hit from a water pipe. But last Wednesday, after he captured the 200-meter butterfly to become the first man to make five U.S. Olympic swim teams, that bad-boy Phelps appeared to dissolve in the emotion of the historic moment.
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August 2, 2012 | By Paul Newberry, ASSOCIATED PRESS
LONDON - Michael Phelps swam into history with his 19th Olympic medal, and this one was a more appropriate color. With a lot of help from his friends, Phelps took down the last major record that wasn't his alone, swimming the anchor leg for the United States in a gold medal-winning performance of the 4x200-meter freestyle relay Tuesday night. About an hour earlier, Phelps took one of the most frustrating defeats of his brilliant career, making a shocking blunder at the finish and settling for silver in his signature event, the 200 butterfly.
NEWS
August 17, 2008 | By Frank Fitzpatrick INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Michael Phelps capped his remarkable eight-day journey to sports immortality this morning, completing his perfect Olympic drama with one last bravura performance in the National Aquatic Center pool. Phelps captured an unprecedented eighth gold medal at these Beijing Games by helping the U.S. 4x100-meter medley relay team to a victory in the final event of an Olympic swimming program that will be difficult to match for drama, world records and, ultimately, perfection. The 23-year-old Baltimorean with the pterodactyl-like wingspan, the voracious appetite, and the flipper-sized feet managed something that many, including retired Australian swimming superstar Ian Thorpe, said couldn't be done.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 14, 2012 | Dan Gross
Michael Phelps meant it when he said he wanted to take time off and relax. The swimming sensation will try to improve his golf game on the next season of the Golf Channel's "The Haney Project," produced by Tom Farrell and Steve Rotfeld of Bryn Mawr's The WorkShop. "I love the fact that a Philly company will be working with the greatest Olympian of all time," Farrell said of Phelps, who begins production on the show next month. Farrell says Phelps wants to be trained by coach Hank Haney at some of the best golf courses around the world.
SPORTS
October 27, 2003 | By Shannon Ryan INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The fastest swimmer in the world was busy pouring water down a college woman's back on the deck of the Loyola College pool earlier this month. She playfully spit some right back at him. That is one sure sign that breaking five world records and being tabbed as the story line for the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece, has not completely changed Michael Phelps. Out of the pool, he is still a regular teenage flirt. He listens to Eminem, buys rims for his Cadillac Escalade, and plays video games.
SPORTS
July 28, 2012
LONDON - In many ways, Michael Phelps has already won. Whatever happens in his epic showdown Saturday night in the Olympic Aquatics Centre - whether Phelps or Ryan Lochte wins, or if some other challenger shocks the field - Phelps has already etched his name among the all-time Olympians. Somewhere above Mark Spitz and just below Zeus. Lochte is capable of beating Phelps in the 400-meter individual medley. He already did, at the U.S. Olympic trials a few weeks ago. That victory started the drumbeat of anticipation for this Games-opening swim-off.
SPORTS
August 12, 2004 | By Frank Fitzpatrick INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The ancient Greeks believed the seas were the province of an intimidating and charismatic god they called Poseidon. A few thousand years later, as the 2004 Summer Games return the world's attention to Greece, another mythological figure, a man-child with great and versatile powers, figures to rule the water. In America and elsewhere, teenage swimmer Michael Phelps is the unchallenged cover boy for these Games. The 19-year-old qualified in an unprecedented six individual events.
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August 17, 2016
Simone Manuel, Katie Ledecky, and Simone Biles will not be eligible to run for president until 2032, although Michael Phelps hits 35 years old in 2020. After watching these Olympians display so many traits we admire - persistence, discipline, grace, goal orientation, resilience, and inner strength - perhaps we should consider drafting one of them some day. It is both a blessing and a curse that the Summer Olympics happen during the election year. The blessings are obvious. Especially in this campaign, it is a relief to watch a display of American talent that truly brings the country together.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 11, 2016 | By Elizabeth Wellington, Fashion Writer
We are less than a week into the 2016 summer Olympic Games, and we've already witnessed quite a few conversation-starter style happenings. Some of the sporty goings-on were catwalk appropriate: supermodel Gisele B√ľndchen glamorously walking down the opening ceremony runway to Rio de Janiero's unofficial anthem (and Fashion Week favorite), "The Girl from Ipanema. " Others were trendy, albeit painful-looking: Michael Phelps and other swimmers appearing on TV Sunday with purple, circular bruises on their backs from cupping - a recovery therapy in which heated glass cups suction the skin.
SPORTS
July 6, 2016 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, STAFF WRITER
Michael Phelps left Omaha this weekend with a record fifth Olympic team spot, victories in three individual events and an image softened by time and parenthood. During an unprecedented career, the lanky Baltimorean has earned 22 Olympic medals but also plenty of tabloid headlines. An admitted party animal, he's been arrested twice for DUIs and in 2009 was suspended by USA Swimming after a photo surfaced of him taking a hit from a water pipe. But last Wednesday, after he captured the 200-meter butterfly to become the first man to make five U.S. Olympic swim teams, that bad-boy Phelps appeared to dissolve in the emotion of the historic moment.
SPORTS
July 1, 2016 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, STAFF WRITER
OMAHA, Neb. - He is just 16 and these were his first U.S. Olympic trials, so while his fellow swimmers buzzed easily around the pool deck during warm-ups Wednesday night, Reece Whitley bent his 6-foot-8 frame low, leaned against the starting blocks, and closed his eyes. If it was a pregame prayer, it wasn't answered. Whitley, the rising - in several senses of that word - Penn Charter junior, who some in the swimming world suggest could one day be the greatest breaststroker ever, failed to qualify for the 200-meter breaststroke final, finishing sixth in his semifinal.
SPORTS
October 8, 2015 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
WHEN IT comes to swimming, Penn Charter sophomore Reece Whitley always has a good time. That's time as in minutes and seconds. The 6-8, 15-year-old from Lafayette Hill has already qualified to compete in the 100- and 200-meter breaststroke at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials in June. He's also hoping to swim the 200 individual medley. Before that, however, he's hoping to finish first in another competition: the Sports Illustrated SportsKid of the Year. Whitley is one of five candidates - and the only swimmer - on the ballot.
SPORTS
October 9, 2014 | By John Smallwood, Daily News Staff Writer
THE CLIMATE is right. If, as sports fans, we truly are interested in scaling back the sense of entitlement so many athletes have simply because they are athletes, we have a window of opportunity to push things forward. If, as a society, we truly are concerned that well-paid and well-positioned athletes be responsible for acting in manners more attuned with accepted social standards, we have the chance to act on that. At this particular moment in time, the owners, the university presidents, the presidents of sports sanctioning bodies know they can no longer just sweep misdeeds committed by their athletes quietly under the rug. Too many people are watching and keeping score.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 17, 2014 | By Molly Eichel
FOX 29 anchor Kerry Barrett welcomed her new son, John Barrett IV , this weekend. They'll call the little bundle of joy Jay. He was a healthy 6 pounds, 15 ounces. This is Barrett's second child with husband, John , an F-16 pilot with the New Jersey Air National Guard, following 3-year-old Avery . Barrett opened up about her struggles with pregnancy on the evening news November of last year. Barrett had suffered several miscarriages, including a tragic miscarriage right before a 10 o'clock broadcast, before any of her colleagues knew she was pregnant.
SPORTS
May 7, 2013 | Daily News staff and wire reports
KANSAS ATHLETIC officials are reviewing allegations that the former AAU basketball coach of Ben McLemore received cash payments aimed at steering the star freshman to a sports agent. AAU coach Darius Cobb told USA Today he received $10,000 in two payments from Rodney Blackstock , the founder and CEO of Hooplife Academy in Greensboro, N.C. Kansas athletic director Sheahon Zenger issued a statement Saturday saying that the university had received an inquiry about the relationship between the McLemore family and Blackstock.
SPORTS
December 22, 2012
Michael Phelps has added another triumph to his list of accomplishments: Associated Press male athlete of the year. The retired swimmer, who won four gold medals and two silvers at the London Games to become the most decorated Olympian ever, edged out LeBron James in voting announced Thursday. Phelps finished with 40 votes in the media balloting to win the award for the second time. James had 37, followed by track star Usain Bolt with 23. Carl Lewis is the only other Olympic-centric athlete to capture AP male athlete of the year more than once, taking the award in 1983 and '84. The only men honored more than twice are Tiger Woods , Lance Armstrong , and Michael Jordan . COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Linebacker Kyle Van Noy forced a fumble in the end zone and recovered it for a touchdown and scored on a 17-yard interception return, both in the fourth quarter, to rally Brigham Young over San Diego State, 23-6, in the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl.
SPORTS
November 19, 2012
WHEN PONDERING the NHL lockout, we can't help but think back and draw comparisons to last summer's London Olympics. Play along for just a minute. Like NHL Players Association executive director Donald Fehr, swimmer Ryan Lochte had years to practice and focus on his impending battle with incumbent and undisputed pool champion Michael Phelps. Like NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, golden boy Phelps entered London's showdown with his grasp on the sport slipping. His reign was clearly nearing an end after dominating for so long.
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