Michael Phelps



Phelps Takes Gold, While Tragedy Strikes Olympic Family

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One down seven to goThe first gold medal is always the hardest or so Ive heard Michael Phelps must be breathing a sigh of relief if he has time to pause that is between his grueling schedule of heats and races after smashing his own world and Olympic records with a time of 40384 in the mens 400-meter individual medley to take gold His teammate Ryan Lochte earned bronzeThe day started out on a note of tragedy In what appears to be a random act of violence a Chinese man attacked family members of a US volleyball coach at the Drum Tower a popular Beijing tourist attraction Todd Bachman the father-in-law of mens indoor volleyball head coach Hugh McCutcheon was killed and his wife Barbara was seriously injured The couples tour guide was also wounded in the attack The Bachmans daughter Elisabeth McCutcheons wife was with her parents at the time but did not sustain injuries The mens volleyball team led by assistant coach Ron Larsen in McCutc read more

Michael Phelps Begins Quest for Eight Golds

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Here we go again Michael Phelps perhaps youve heard of him is swimming eight events at these Games and will get a 1 million bonus from Speedo if he matches Mark Spitzs 1972 record of seven gold medalsjust like four years agoPhelps narrowly missed that bonus winning six golds and two bronzes in Athens Since then hes only gotten stronger and faster He won seven events at last years world championships in Melbourne setting five world records in the process and would have gone for eight if the US medley relay team hadnt been disqualified in the preliminariesThe Baltimore natives first final the 400-meter individual medley airs live Saturday night right around 10 pmET Sunday morning in Beijing He is world-record holder and defending Olympic champion in the event which consists of two pool lengths each of butterfly backstroke breaststroke and freestyle NBC swimming analyst Rowdy Gaines says this will be the key ra read more

On Your Marks: Olympic Trials Being in Track and Swimming

Selection for teams in two of Americas best Olympic sports gets underway this weekend The US Olympic Team Trials in track and field begin Friday in Eugene Oregon with the top three finishers in each event qualifying for the squad Swimming starts Sunday in Omaha Nebraska The top two in each event are bound for BeijingTrack gets underway Friday The only final is the womens 10000-meter run which should be a match race between Shalane Flanagan who set an American record in May and Kara Goucher the bronze medalist at the 2007 world championships The first two rounds of the womens 100-meter dash are Friday with the semifinals and finals on Saturday The field is extremely competitive including Torri Edwards and Lauryn Williams the 2003 and 2005 world champions respectively Allyson Felix two-time world champion in the 200 Angela Williams the world indoor champion at 60 meters and up-and-comers Marshevet Hooker and Muna Lee who have showed great f read more

What Are the Most Memorable Olympic Moments?

As we get closer and closer to the 2008 Summer Olympic Games, the promise of witnessing heroic performances from the world's greatest athletes grows stronger. But before we set our eyes on this year's crop of potential memory-makers, we thought we'd take a look back at some of the stunning performances from Olympics gone by.Did Kerri Strug's courageous final vault while injured blow you away? Were you mesmerized by Michael Phelps or Michael Johnson's ability to shatter records in their events? Did Muhammad Ali lighting the torch in Atlanta touch you? Will you ever forget Mary Lou Retton's perfect 10s?Of course there are many more, so we want to know: What is your favorite/most memborable Olympic moment? Share your thoughts in the comments and check back to see if your pick makes the cut! read more

Beijing or Bust: No Room For Error at Olympic Trials

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Even a swimming superstar like Michael Phelps — the reigning world champion in seven events — can’t just float into the Olympics. “We have to fight it out for a spot on the actual Olympic team,” he says. If Phelps hopes to contend for as many as eight gold medals in Beijing, he must navigate the U.S. Olympic Team Trials, held this summer in several key sports. “It’s basically sudden death,” says Adam Nelson, a two-time Olympic shot put silver medalist. “If you have a bad day, there are no excuses. You can’t appeal to anybody.”In swimming, only the top two in each event earn guaranteed tickets to the Beijing Games. In track and field, it’s the top three. Gymnastics has more flexibility: The top two women at the trials nail down a spot, but the top two men must also rank in the top three in three individual events to become Beijing-bound. Committees choose the rest of the six-team rosters (plus three alternates).In the men... read more

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