Olympics Photo of the Day

Monday, June 1, 2009

Michael Phelps

Michael Fred Phelps was born on June 30, 1985 in Baltimore, Maryland). He is an American swimmer and he holds World Records in several events. Phelps won eight medals at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens. Six of those were gold. These medals made him tie the record for medals at a single Olympics. Alexander Dityatin had held this record since 1980. In 2008, Phelps won eight swimming gold medals at the Summer Olympics in Beijing. This broke Mark Spitz's record for most gold medals in a single Olympics.

Cannabis controversy

Early in 2009, Michael Phelps was caught smoking the illegal drug cannabis, and has been disqualified from swimming for his country.
Phelps qualified to compete in three team and five individual events. He won gold medals in all eight events