Olympic speaker Michael Phelps’ career launched after he won eight gold medals at the Beijing Olympics in 2008 becoming the most successful athlete combining those medals with the Athens 2004 Olympic six gold and two bronze medals. In doing so, Michael has twice equaled the record eight medals of any type at a single Olympics achieved by Soviet gymnast Alexander Dityatin in the 1980 Moscow Summer Games. His winning five gold’s in individual events tied the single Games record set by Eric Heiden in 1980 and equaled by Vitaly Scherbo at the 1992 Summer Games. Surpassing American swimmer Mark Spitz’s seven-gold performance at Munich in 1972, Phelps now holds the record for the most gold medals won in a single Olympics. He is second to the eighteen year old Soviet gymnast Larissa Latynina which she won over three Olympics, nine gold medals.
His most memorable moment in the Games was after day seven. He had won the 200 meter individual medley and swam a semifinal qualifier for the 100 meter butterfly. The next day, his exhaustion showed in the 100 meter butterfly, lagging behind Milorad Cavic, with Michael’s goggles having a ‘wardrobe malfunction,’ Michael looked like he was going to be beaten. Michael touched the wall with a hundredth of a second left to spare. Reviewing after reviewing, it showed that Cavic had beaten Michael on the final stroke, but Cavic glided to the wall while Michael made a frantic kick and lunge into the wall. It was the only race that Michael did not set a new World Record.
This gold medal in the 100 butterfly made it seven. Michael needed one more to surpass Mark Spitz in the medal count. This led to the third leg of the medley relay. The following day, Michael dove into the pool, the U.S. relay team was in third place, when Michael finished, they were in first. Lezak, the anchor leg, finished almost a second ahead of Australia. This was his eighth gold and seventh-world record time. After all was said and done, Michael had swam seventeen races in nine days.
Michael Phelps has won international titles and earned himself the World Swimmer of the Year Award six times and American Swimmer of the Year Award eight times. In major international competition, Michael has won fifty-nine medals fifty gold, seven silver and two bronze. After his amazing performance at the 2008 Olympics, Sports Illustrated magazine’s Sportsman of the Year award.
After the Olympic Games, Michael started the Michael Phelps Foundation, promoting a healthier lifestyles and the sport of swimming. Michael is also part of the US Anti-Doping Agency’s Project Believe program, and he is tested rigorously to ensure his system is free of performance-enhancing drugs. Michael Phelps is available for fundraisers, endorsements and speaking engagements.
APPEARANCES: Channel One News, 60 Minutes, 2008 Summer Olympic Games, CenterStage, Costas Now, ESPN First Take, Live with Regis and Kelly, ESPN, Modern Marvels, ABC, NBC, CBS, Jim Rome is Burning, Entourage
BOOKS: Michael Phelps: Beneath the Surface
TO WORK WITH MICHAEL PHELPS: Celebrity swimming star Michael Phelps can be hired for endorsements and events in roles such as corporate appearances, endorsements, speaking and autograph signing.