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  • Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
    Sunday Jun 30, 1985

    Birth

    Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
    Sunday Jun 30, 1985

    Phelps was born in Baltimore, Maryland.




  • Sydney, Australia
    Saturday Sep 16, 2000

    2000 Summer Olympics

    Sydney, Australia
    Saturday Sep 16, 2000

    Phelps' rapid improvement culminated when he qualified for the 2000 Summer Olympics at the age of 15, as became the youngest male (since Ralph Flanagan in 1932) to make a U.S. Olympic swim team in 68 years.




  • Fukuoka, Japan
    Friday Mar 30, 2001

    2001 World Aquatics Championships

    Fukuoka, Japan
    Friday Mar 30, 2001

    At the World Championship Trials for the 2001 World Aquatics Championships, on March 30, Phelps broke the world record in the 200-meter butterfly to become, at 15 years and 9 months, the youngest male ever to set a world record in swimming.




  • Barcelona, Spain
    2003

    First American swimmer to win three different races in three different strokes at a national championship

    Barcelona, Spain
    2003

    At Nationals, Phelps won the 200-meter freestyle, 200-meter backstroke, and the 100-meter butterfly. He became the first American swimmer to win three different races in three different strokes at a national championship.




  • Athens, Greece
    2004

    1st Gold Olympic Medal in world time record

    Athens, Greece
    2004

    In his first event, the 400-meter individual medley, Phelps won his first Olympic gold medal in the world record time of 4:08.26.




  • Beijing, China
    Sunday Aug 17, 2008

    Olympic all time record

    Beijing, China
    Sunday Aug 17, 2008

    On August 17, Phelps won his eighth gold medal in the 4×100-meter medley relay, breaking Mark Spitz's record of seven gold medals won in a single Olympic Games, which had stood since 1972.




  • London, England
    Saturday Jul 28, 2012

    The Two-time defending Olympic champion

    London, England
    Saturday Jul 28, 2012

    On July 28, 2012, Phelps placed eighth in the morning prelims for the 400-meter individual medley. Phelps, the two-time defending Olympic champion, won his heat in 4 minutes, 13.33 seconds with a time that was well off his world record of 4:03.84 set four years ago in Beijing, when Phelps won a record eight gold medals.


  • U.S.
    Aug, 2012

    First retirement

    U.S.
    Aug, 2012

    After the 2012 Olympics, Phelps retired from swimming, stating: "I'm done. I'm finished. I'm retired. I'm done. No more," and that "I just wanted to be done with swimming and didn't want anything to do with the sport anymore."


  • U.S.
    Apr, 2014

    Come out of retirement

    U.S.
    Apr, 2014

    In April 2014, Phelps announced he would come out of retirement, and would enter an event later that month.


  • Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
    Friday Aug 05, 2016

    RIO 2016

    Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
    Friday Aug 05, 2016

    Phelps was chosen to be the American flag bearer at the opening ceremony, which was the first Olympic opening ceremony that he would attend.


  • Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
    Saturday Aug 13, 2016

    Career ended

    Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
    Saturday Aug 13, 2016

    On August 13, in the 4 × 100-meter medley relay, Phelps ended his career with another gold medal, his 23rd at the Olympics and his 28th medal overall.


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