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Michael Fred Phelps II (born June 30, 1985) is an American former competitive swimmer. He is the most successful and most decorated Olympian of all time with a total of 28 medals. Phelps also holds the all-time records for Olympic gold medals (23), Olympic gold medals in individual events (13), and Olympic medals in individual events (16). When Phelps won eight gold medals at the 2008 Beijing Games, he broke fellow American swimmer Mark Spitz's 1972 record of seven first-place finishes at any single Olympic Games. At the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Phelps already tied the record of eight medals of any color at a single Games by winning six gold and two bronze medals. At the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Phelps won four gold and two silver medals, and at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, he won five gold medals and one silver. This made him the most successful athlete of the Games for the fourth Olympics in a row.

Phelps is the long course world record holder in the men's 400-meter individual medley as well as the former long course world record holder in the 200-meter freestyle, 100-meter butterfly, 200-meter butterfly, and 200-meter individual medley. He has won 82 medals in major international long course competitions, of which 65 were gold, 14 silver, and three bronze, spanning the Olympics, the World Championships, and the Pan Pacific Championships. Phelps's international titles and record-breaking performances have earned him the World Swimmer of the Year Award eight times and American Swimmer of the Year Award eleven times, as well as the FINA Swimmer of the Year Award in 2012 and 2016. Phelps earned Sports Illustrated magazine's Sportsman of the Year award due to his unprecedented Olympic success in the 2008 Games.

After the 2008 Summer Olympics, Phelps started the Michael Phelps Foundation, which focuses on growing the sport of swimming and promoting healthier lifestyles. Phelps retired following the 2012 Olympics, but he made a comeback in April 2014. At the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, his fifth Olympics, he was selected by his team to be the flag bearer of the United States at the 2016 Summer Olympics Parade of Nations. He announced his second retirement on August 12, 2016, having won more medals than 161 countries. He is widely regarded as the greatest swimmer of all time and is often considered to be one of the greatest athletes of all time.

quote by Michael Phelps: I'll be working with kids for the rest of my life. with background image: photo of author Michael Phelps with quote

I'll be working with kids for the rest of my life.

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quote by Michael Phelps: Any Olympic sport is great to watch. with background image: photo of author Michael Phelps with quote

Any Olympic sport is great to watch.

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quote by Michael Phelps: The more you dream, the farther you get. with background image: photo of author Michael Phelps with quote

The more you dream, the farther you get.

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quote by Michael Phelps: Don't put a limit on anything. The more you dream, the further you get. with background image: photo of author Michael Phelps with quote

Don't put a limit on anything. The more you dream, the further you get.

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quote by Michael Phelps: Yeah, my friends call me Mike, Michael or just my last name. with background image: photo of author Michael Phelps with quote

Yeah, my friends call me Mike, Michael or just my last name.

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quote by Michael Phelps: I've never lifted a single weight in my life. with background image: photo of author Michael Phelps with quote

I've never lifted a single weight in my life.

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quote by Michael Phelps: I used to always go to church on holidays, but I don't go much any more. with background image: photo of author Michael Phelps with quote

I used to always go to church on holidays, but I don't go much any more.

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quote by Michael Phelps: I want to retire how I want to retire -- and I have a great opportunity to do that. with background image: photo of author Michael Phelps with quote

I want to retire how I want to retire -- and I have a great opportunity to do that.

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quote by Michael Phelps: I have a lot of goals, but I think that I just want to take it day by day. with background image: photo of author Michael Phelps with quote

I have a lot of goals, but I think that I just want to take it day by day.

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quote by Michael Phelps: I still remember the days, not wanting to see anybody, not wanting to talk to anybody, really not wanting to live. I was on an express elevator to the bottom floor, wherever that might be. with background image: photo of author Michael Phelps with quote

I still remember the days, not wanting to see anybody, not wanting to talk to anybody, really not wanting to live. I was on an express elevator to the bottom floor, wherever that might be.

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quote by Michael Phelps: I usually try to eat lot of calories. With so many events, it is important to sustain a high level of energy through the entire meet. I usually eat two hours before a meet. with background image: photo of author Michael Phelps with quote

I usually try to eat lot of calories. With so many events, it is important to sustain a high level of energy through the entire meet. I usually eat two hours before a meet.

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quote by Michael Phelps: For the millionth time, I'm retired. I keep saying it, and people keep answering, 'Well, maybe he doesn't mean it this time.' But I do. with background image: photo of author Michael Phelps with quote

For the millionth time, I'm retired. I keep saying it, and people keep answering, 'Well, maybe he doesn't mean it this time.' But I do.

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quote by Michael Phelps: You can't put a limit on anything. The more you dream, the further you get. with background image: photo of author Michael Phelps with quote

You can't put a limit on anything. The more you dream, the further you get.

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quote by Michael Phelps: Dream as big as you can dream, and anything is possible. with background image: photo of author Michael Phelps with quote

Dream as big as you can dream, and anything is possible.

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quote by Michael Phelps: Anything is possible as long as you want it, you work for it. Doesn't matter what anyone else thinks, the only person that can really put pressure on you is yourself. with background image: photo of author Michael Phelps with quote

Anything is possible as long as you want it, you work for it. Doesn't matter what anyone else thinks, the only person that can really put pressure on you is yourself.

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quote by Michael Phelps: There are too many kids who are drowning for lack of water safety. That's something I'd like to do. Teaching kids to live an active lifestyle. with background image: photo of author Michael Phelps with quote

There are too many kids who are drowning for lack of water safety. That's something I'd like to do. Teaching kids to live an active lifestyle.

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quote by Michael Phelps: The problem with heart disease is the first symptom is often fatal. with background image: photo of author Michael Phelps with quote

The problem with heart disease is the first symptom is often fatal.

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quote by Michael Phelps: It's the Olympics. If you can't get up to swim early in the morning, don't go. with background image: photo of author Michael Phelps with quote

It's the Olympics. If you can't get up to swim early in the morning, don't go.

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quote by Michael Phelps: Perseverance, determination, commitment, and courage-those things are real. The desire for redemption drives you. with background image: photo of author Michael Phelps with quote

Perseverance, determination, commitment, and courage-those things are real. The desire for redemption drives you.

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quote by Michael Phelps: I got the stamina. I can close. with background image: photo of author Michael Phelps with quote

I got the stamina. I can close.

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quote by Michael Phelps: Eat, sleep and swim, that's all I can do. with background image: photo of author Michael Phelps with quote

Eat, sleep and swim, that's all I can do.

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quote by Michael Phelps: For so long, I looked at myself as literally a kid who was talented who would go up and down the pool. That's it. Nothing else. Very few people knew who I really was. with background image: photo of author Michael Phelps with quote

For so long, I looked at myself as literally a kid who was talented who would go up and down the pool. That's it. Nothing else. Very few people knew who I really was.

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quote by Michael Phelps: I've always been fortunate in that I've been able to put myself in my own zone and relax. It comes naturally. I'm lucky to be that way. with background image: photo of author Michael Phelps with quote

I've always been fortunate in that I've been able to put myself in my own zone and relax. It comes naturally. I'm lucky to be that way.

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quote by Michael Phelps: I eat pretty much whatever I want. I don't have a strict diet. It's all about cramming in as many calories into my system as I possibly can. with background image: photo of author Michael Phelps with quote

I eat pretty much whatever I want. I don't have a strict diet. It's all about cramming in as many calories into my system as I possibly can.

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quote by Michael Phelps: When you use your imagination anything can happen. with background image: photo of author Michael Phelps with quote

When you use your imagination anything can happen.

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quote by Michael Phelps: I'm kind of a creature of habit. Once I get used to doing things, it's like second nature. with background image: photo of author Michael Phelps with quote

I'm kind of a creature of habit. Once I get used to doing things, it's like second nature.

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quote by Michael Phelps: There will be obstacles. There will be doubters. There will be mistakes. But with hard work... THERE ARE NO LIMITS. with background image: photo of author Michael Phelps with quote

There will be obstacles. There will be doubters. There will be mistakes. But with hard work... THERE ARE NO LIMITS.

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quote by Michael Phelps: Things can change in the blink of an eye! with background image: photo of author Michael Phelps with quote

Things can change in the blink of an eye!

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quote by Michael Phelps: Things won't go perfect. It's all about how you adapt from those things and learn from mistakes. with background image: photo of author Michael Phelps with quote

Things won't go perfect. It's all about how you adapt from those things and learn from mistakes.

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quote by Michael Phelps: I like to get in my own world. When I'm getting ready for a meet, I always have headphones on, listening to rap music to get myself fired up. with background image: photo of author Michael Phelps with quote

I like to get in my own world. When I'm getting ready for a meet, I always have headphones on, listening to rap music to get myself fired up.

--Michael Phelps



quote by Michael Phelps: Before, it came easy for me. I don't have two speeds anymore. I need to focus on the small things that I once took for granted. with background image: photo of author Michael Phelps with quote

Before, it came easy for me. I don't have two speeds anymore. I need to focus on the small things that I once took for granted.

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quote by Michael Phelps: I don't have a strict diet. It's all about cramming in as many calories into my system as I possibly can. To be honest with you, I have a tough time keeping weight on. with background image: photo of author Michael Phelps with quote

I don't have a strict diet. It's all about cramming in as many calories into my system as I possibly can. To be honest with you, I have a tough time keeping weight on.

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quote by Michael Phelps: When I'm focused, there is not one single thing, person, anything that can stand in the way of my doing something. There is not. If I want something bad enough, I feel I'm gonna get there. with background image: photo of author Michael Phelps with quote

When I'm focused, there is not one single thing, person, anything that can stand in the way of my doing something. There is not. If I want something bad enough, I feel I'm gonna get there.

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quote by Michael Phelps: I am excited to have the opportunity to help provide the same swim instruction that I received as a child when I was enrolled in a water safety class at five-years-old. with background image: photo of author Michael Phelps with quote

I am excited to have the opportunity to help provide the same swim instruction that I received as a child when I was enrolled in a water safety class at five-years-old.

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quote by Michael Phelps: The only reason I started swimming was for water safety. Then, once I started falling in love with sports, I got more comfortable with it. with background image: photo of author Michael Phelps with quote

The only reason I started swimming was for water safety. Then, once I started falling in love with sports, I got more comfortable with it.

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quote by Michael Phelps: I would visualize the best- and worst-case scenarios. Whether I get disqualified or my goggles fill up with water or I lose my goggles or I come in last, I'm ready for anything. with background image: photo of author Michael Phelps with quote

I would visualize the best- and worst-case scenarios. Whether I get disqualified or my goggles fill up with water or I lose my goggles or I come in last, I'm ready for anything.

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quote by Michael Phelps: I listen to music before my competitions to get me pumped up. It helps me stay focused. with background image: photo of author Michael Phelps with quote

I listen to music before my competitions to get me pumped up. It helps me stay focused.

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quote by Michael Phelps: I got a Cadillac Escalade. Put some rims on it, threw a couple TV's in there, and installed a system. I stuck my Xbox in there. I had to go for it. with background image: photo of author Michael Phelps with quote

I got a Cadillac Escalade. Put some rims on it, threw a couple TV's in there, and installed a system. I stuck my Xbox in there. I had to go for it.

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quote by Michael Phelps: You can't put a limit anything. with background image: photo of author Michael Phelps with quote

You can't put a limit anything.

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quote by Michael Phelps: Nothing is impossible. With so many people saying it couldn't be done, all it takes is an imagination. with background image: photo of author Michael Phelps with quote

Nothing is impossible. With so many people saying it couldn't be done, all it takes is an imagination.

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quote by Michael Phelps: I think everybody pees in the pool. It's kind of a normal thing to do for swimmers. with background image: photo of author Michael Phelps with quote

I think everybody pees in the pool. It's kind of a normal thing to do for swimmers.

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quote by Michael Phelps: We wanted to see how close we could get to the world record. We'll take that for right now. with background image: photo of author Michael Phelps with quote

We wanted to see how close we could get to the world record. We'll take that for right now.

--Michael Phelps


quote by Michael Phelps: If you're not on your 'A' game in our workouts every day, you're going to get absolutely smoked. with background image: photo of author Michael Phelps with quote

If you're not on your 'A' game in our workouts every day, you're going to get absolutely smoked.

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quote by Michael Phelps: One thing with me, and every goal I've had -- in the sport of swimming, my mother didn't know my goals. The only person that knew my goals were my coaches. with background image: photo of author Michael Phelps with quote

One thing with me, and every goal I've had -- in the sport of swimming, my mother didn't know my goals. The only person that knew my goals were my coaches.

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quote by Michael Phelps: I don't want to be the next Mark Spitz; I want to be the first Michael Phelps. with background image: photo of author Michael Phelps with quote

I don't want to be the next Mark Spitz; I want to be the first Michael Phelps.

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quote by Michael Phelps: Swimming is more than a once-every-four-years sport. My goal is to bring attention to swimming -- to give it some personality. with background image: photo of author Michael Phelps with quote

Swimming is more than a once-every-four-years sport. My goal is to bring attention to swimming -- to give it some personality.

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quote by Michael Phelps: Not having to travel and being able to settle in has helped me in training life and school life. I've learned to get a grip and take care of myself. with background image: photo of author Michael Phelps with quote

Not having to travel and being able to settle in has helped me in training life and school life. I've learned to get a grip and take care of myself.

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quote by Michael Phelps: I haven't swam in any of the rivers outside of Baltimore. I try to keep it in the pool. with background image: photo of author Michael Phelps with quote

I haven't swam in any of the rivers outside of Baltimore. I try to keep it in the pool.

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quote by Michael Phelps: I can only control my own performance. If I do my best, then I can feel good at the end of the day. with background image: photo of author Michael Phelps with quote

I can only control my own performance. If I do my best, then I can feel good at the end of the day.

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quote by Michael Phelps: There will be obstacles. There will be doubters. There will be mistakes. But with hard work, with belief, with confidence and trust in yourself and those around you, there are no limits. with background image: photo of author Michael Phelps with quote

There will be obstacles. There will be doubters. There will be mistakes. But with hard work, with belief, with confidence and trust in yourself and those around you, there are no limits.

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quote by Michael Phelps: Hard work does pay off. with background image: photo of author Michael Phelps with quote

Hard work does pay off.

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quote by Michael Phelps: Once I retire, I'm retiring. I'm done. with background image: photo of author Michael Phelps with quote

Once I retire, I'm retiring. I'm done.

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quote by Michael Phelps: I'm so sick of the water. with background image: photo of author Michael Phelps with quote

I'm so sick of the water.

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quote by Michael Phelps: I live a pretty conservative life, so I probably really haven't done anything crazy. with background image: photo of author Michael Phelps with quote

I live a pretty conservative life, so I probably really haven't done anything crazy.

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quote by Michael Phelps: There is a one woman in China that claimed she paid $50 to get my e-mail address. It was pretty shocking. I got one this morning from Scotland. A girl's requesting a signed photo of me. with background image: photo of author Michael Phelps with quote

There is a one woman in China that claimed she paid $50 to get my e-mail address. It was pretty shocking. I got one this morning from Scotland. A girl's requesting a signed photo of me.

--Michael Phelps

quote by Michael Phelps: Why is it such a big deal what I'm swimming? with background image: photo of author Michael Phelps with quote

Why is it such a big deal what I'm swimming?

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quote by Michael Phelps: So, you know, if, if I wanted to get up and just play golf one day, I would just get up and play golf. If I wanted to go to Vegas, I would just get up and go to Vegas. with background image: photo of author Michael Phelps with quote

So, you know, if, if I wanted to get up and just play golf one day, I would just get up and play golf. If I wanted to go to Vegas, I would just get up and go to Vegas.

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quote by Michael Phelps: I learned how fast you can go from being an international hero to being a reference in a joke on a late night talk show. with background image: photo of author Michael Phelps with quote

I learned how fast you can go from being an international hero to being a reference in a joke on a late night talk show.

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quote by Michael Phelps: If I bring back only one gold people are going to say it's a disappointment. But not too many of them own an Olympic gold medal so if I get one I'm going to be happy. with background image: photo of author Michael Phelps with quote

If I bring back only one gold people are going to say it's a disappointment. But not too many of them own an Olympic gold medal so if I get one I'm going to be happy.

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quote by Michael Phelps: I try to separate my personal life from swimming. with background image: photo of author Michael Phelps with quote

I try to separate my personal life from swimming.

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quote by Michael Phelps: Once I'm already in my room, I still have to open a door to get into my bed. It's like a giant box. It's like the boy in a bubble. with background image: photo of author Michael Phelps with quote

Once I'm already in my room, I still have to open a door to get into my bed. It's like a giant box. It's like the boy in a bubble.

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quote by Michael Phelps: I have reached a place in my life where I need to sit down and say, 'Well, what do I do? What's best for me?' I need to look into options for the future. with background image: photo of author Michael Phelps with quote

I have reached a place in my life where I need to sit down and say, 'Well, what do I do? What's best for me?' I need to look into options for the future.

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quote by Michael Phelps: I wouldn't say anything is impossible. I think that everything is possible as long as you put your mind to it and put the work and time into it. with background image: photo of author Michael Phelps with quote

I wouldn't say anything is impossible. I think that everything is possible as long as you put your mind to it and put the work and time into it.

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quote by Michael Phelps: It's cool just because I've had this dream of changing the sport of swimming and it's finally happening. with background image: photo of author Michael Phelps with quote

It's cool just because I've had this dream of changing the sport of swimming and it's finally happening.

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quote by Michael Phelps: I can't remember the last day I didn't train. with background image: photo of author Michael Phelps with quote

I can't remember the last day I didn't train.

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quote by Michael Phelps: Being compared to Ian Thorpe, that could be one of the greatest compliments you could ever get in swimming -- being compared to him and Mark Spitz. with background image: photo of author Michael Phelps with quote

Being compared to Ian Thorpe, that could be one of the greatest compliments you could ever get in swimming -- being compared to him and Mark Spitz.

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quote by Michael Phelps: I have the opportunity to be part of swimming history. To take the sport to a new level would be an honor for me. There's no better time to try this than now. with background image: photo of author Michael Phelps with quote

I have the opportunity to be part of swimming history. To take the sport to a new level would be an honor for me. There's no better time to try this than now.

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quote by Michael Phelps: I want to continue the sport of swimming. I'm not going to give up until I think it's reached where I want it to go. with background image: photo of author Michael Phelps with quote

I want to continue the sport of swimming. I'm not going to give up until I think it's reached where I want it to go.

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quote by Michael Phelps: I've been able to get an excitement back in the water. with background image: photo of author Michael Phelps with quote

I've been able to get an excitement back in the water.

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quote by Michael Phelps: Even in high school, I'd tell my mom I was sick of swimming and wanted to try to play golf. She wasn't too happy. She'd say, 'Think about this.' And I'd always end up getting back in the pool. with background image: photo of author Michael Phelps with quote

Even in high school, I'd tell my mom I was sick of swimming and wanted to try to play golf. She wasn't too happy. She'd say, 'Think about this.' And I'd always end up getting back in the pool.

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quote by Michael Phelps: I want to go to the World Cup. I want to go to the Masters. I want to go... anywhere. with background image: photo of author Michael Phelps with quote

I want to go to the World Cup. I want to go to the Masters. I want to go... anywhere.

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quote by Michael Phelps: Every sponsor I've had has been something that fit my lifestyle, fit my personality. with background image: photo of author Michael Phelps with quote

Every sponsor I've had has been something that fit my lifestyle, fit my personality.

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quote by Michael Phelps: Growing up in high school, I wasn't hanging out with friends every day or on the weekends. Doing normal high school kid things was something I was willing to give up. with background image: photo of author Michael Phelps with quote

Growing up in high school, I wasn't hanging out with friends every day or on the weekends. Doing normal high school kid things was something I was willing to give up.

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quote by Michael Phelps: I know it won't be eight medals again. If you want to compare me to that, that's your decision, not mine. I'm going out there to try to accomplish the things that I have in my mind and in my heart. with background image: photo of author Michael Phelps with quote

I know it won't be eight medals again. If you want to compare me to that, that's your decision, not mine. I'm going out there to try to accomplish the things that I have in my mind and in my heart.

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quote by Michael Phelps: I am 26 and, and I don't recover as fast as I have in the past. with background image: photo of author Michael Phelps with quote

I am 26 and, and I don't recover as fast as I have in the past.

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quote by Michael Phelps: My goal is one Olympic gold medal. Not many people in this world can say, 'I'm an Olympic gold medalist.' with background image: photo of author Michael Phelps with quote

My goal is one Olympic gold medal. Not many people in this world can say, 'I'm an Olympic gold medalist.'

--Michael Phelps

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