Fast Facts

  • Became the youngest swimming world-record holder ever at age 15.
  • In 2003, set five world records in one international meet.
  • Claimed eight medals (six gold, two bronze) in his Olympic debut, the 2004 Games in Athens. 
  • Started the Swim with the Stars Tour (with Ian Crocker and Lenny Krayzelburg) after the 2004 Olympics to promote the sport.
  • Won eight gold medals at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, breaking fellow swimmer Mark Spitz's record for most first-place finishes in a single Games.
  • In 2008, established the Michael Phelps Foundation, a nonprofit organization that promotes swimming and helps kids build healthy lives through the sport.
  • Captured four gold and two silver medals at the 2012 Olympics in London, breaking the all-time record with 22 total Olympic medals.
  • Retired following the 2012 Games, but returned to competition in May 2014.
  • Is a two-time Associated Press Athlete of the Year (2008, 2012).
  • With his qualification for the 2015 Olympics in Rio, became the first American male swimmer to make five Olympics; chosen as the flag-bearer for the Opening Ceremonies.
  • Won six golds at the 2016 Olympics in Rio and was part of a three-way tie for silver in the 100m butterfly, bringing his total medal count to 28, with 23 of them gold.
  • Has a street named after him in Baltimore.


  • Whitney — Sister
  • Debbie Phelps — Mother
  • Hilary — Sister
  • Fred Phelps — Father
  • Nicole Michele Johnson — Wife
  • Megan Rossee — Ex-significant Other
  • Boomer Robert Phelps — Son


  • Attended University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States


  • Birth Name: Michael Fred Phelps II
  • Birth Place: Baltimore, Maryland, United States
  • Profession: Swimmer

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