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Michael Phelps
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Outline of his career Phelps Stellar Timeline Career: 2000
Makes first Olympic appearance at Sydney Games,becoming youngest male swimmer on the U.S. team at age 15. Finishes fifth in his only event, the200-meter butterfly.2001
Becomes the youngest male (15 years, 11 months) to set a world record when he breaks themark in the 200 fly, and takes the mark even lower at the world championship in Fukuoka, Japan, for the first of 26 long-course world titles.2003
Won four events at the world championships in Barcelona and became the only swimmer inhistory to set world records in different events on the same day. August 2004
 
Comes up short in attempt to break Mark Spitz’s record of seven gold medals,
winning six golds and two bronzes at the Athens Olympics. Nevertheless, IOC president Jacques
Rogge declares Phelps ‘‘the icon of the games.’’
 November 2004
Arrested for drunken-driving in Maryland at age 19. Pleads guilty to driving whileimpaired, pays fine and serves probation.2007
Joins Spitz as the only swimmer to win seven events at a major international swimmingcompetition during the world championships in Melbourne, Australia. Phelps has a shot at eightvictories, but the heavily favored U.S. team is disqualified from the 4x100-medley relay in thepreliminaries while Phelps is resting up for the final.2008
 
Surpasses Spitz’s iconic Olympic record with eight gold medals at the Beijing Games, settingseven world records in what is dubbed ‘‘The Great Haul of China.’’ Be
comes a major international
star, even doing a stint as host of ‘‘Saturday Night Live.’’
 2009
Suspended for three months by USA Swimming after photo emerges in a British tabloid of him inhaling from a pipe used to smoke marijuana. Phelps apologizes and accepts the penalty.2011
Wins four golds at world championships in Shanghai, but is beaten by fellow American RyanLochte in their two head-to-head meetings. Lochte is the big star of the meet with five golds.2012
Claims four gold medals and two silvers at the London Olympics, which he says will be hisfinal swim meet. Phelps retires with myriad Olympic records, including twice as many golds as anyoneelse (18) and 22 medals overall, four more than anyone else in any sport.Yesterday saw the end of the one swimming phenomena of the last twenty years. He can sit downand think I have done everything that I have wanted to do. Phelps wanted to retire by the time he was30, and after London 2012 he is 27 so he can tick that final box. That's in three years, and I don't wantto swim for three more years. I have got everything I wanted. I have managed to achieve every singlething." After 20 years, four Olympic Games and six world championships, the competitive career of the greatest swimmer in history has come to an end.Phelps's final event was the men's 4x100m medley relay, a race he watched from the stands when hewas a 15-year-old competing at his first Olympics in 2000. Then he was a gawky, goofy kid, his facewas painted blue and red, and he had "Team USA" written across his chest. That night, like this, theUSA won. As his team-mate Nathan Adrian touched the wall, taking the team home in 3min 29.35sec, almosttwo seconds ahead of Japan, Phelps broke into a gentle smile. It was not a look that spoke of great joy, or enormous passion. It suggested calm, peaceful, relief. Later, on the podium, he stood back andsoaked in the adoring applause of the crowd, the first act in what became a long night of celebration.This gave a symmetry to his career, After this all the swimmers formed a guard of honor and thepresident of FINA handed out a trophy, which meaning was more than the look of this trophy which
looked hideous. Inscribed on this trophy it simply said ―The greatest Olympic athlete of all time". Ther 
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