JockBio Vital Stats
  • U.S. Swimming Team    
  • Height: 6' 4"
• Weight: 194 • Born: 6/30/85
  • In 2016, Michael became the oldest male swimmer to win individual gold in the Olympics, breaking the record set by Duke Kahanamoku in 1920.
  • When Michael qualified for the 200-meter butterfly in Rio he became the first swimmer to make the finals of the same event five times.
  • Michael was the first American man to qualify for 5 Olympic swimming teams.
  • The 2016 opening ceremony was the first Michael had ever attended.
  • In 2015, Michael proposed to Nicole Johnson, whom he had been dating since 2011. In May of 216, they had a son named Boomer.
  • Michael won USA Swimming’s “Golden Goggle” Award as top male swimmer six times between 2004 and 2015.
  • In 2001, at age 15, Michael became the youngest world record holder in swimming’s modern history.
  • At the World Championships in 2003, Michael became the first man ever to set two world records in two different events on the same day: 51.47 seconds in the 100-meter butterfly and 1:56:04 in the 200-meter individual medley.
  • In 2003, Michael won the Sullivan Award as the nation’s best amateur athlete. The last swimmer to be so honored was Janet Evans in 1989.
  • After the 2004 Olympics, the city of Baltimore named a street after Michael.
  • Michael won five gold medals at the 2005 World Championships. He won five more at the 2006 Pan Pacifics, setting a world record in the 200 individual medley along the way.
  • At the 2007 World Championships, Michael became the only swimmer other than Mark Spitz to win seven times in a major meet. Spitz won seven times in the 1972 Olympics, but only swam breaststroke and butterfly. Michael swam four different strokes.
  • At the 2009 US Nationals, Michael set a new world record in the 100-meter butterfly with a time of 50.22 seconds.
  • Michael notched his 50th national title when he won the 100-meter butterfly at the 2010 U.S. Championships.
  • The bronze medal Michael won as a member of the US freestyle relay squad at the 2011 World Championships marked his first third-place finish in an international event.
  • Because of his endorsement deals, Michael was not allowed to compete at the NCAA level. Instead, from 2004 to 2008, he trained with and competed for Club Wolverine, a USA Swimming club affiliated with the University of Michigan.
  • A popular topic of conversation during the 2008 Olympics was the high-calorie diet Michael consumed. His caloric intake ranges between 10,000 and 12,000 a day.
  • At the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials, Michael won the 200-meter freestyle, 100-meter butterfly, 200-meter butterfly, 200-meter individual medley, and finished second in the 400-meter individual medley.
  • In 2012, Michael became the first man to swim on four Olympic teams for the U.S.
  • At the 2012 Olympics, Michael broke Russian gymnast Larissa Latynina’s record of 18 medals.
  • Michael’s first year at the University Michigan was his first living by himself. Among the domestic disasters that befell him was a kitchen full of suds—he filled his dishwasher with hand-washing soap.
  • The first time Michael heard about Mark Spitz was after his 16th birthday. His mother, by contrast, has been a big fan of his since childhood. A framed poster of the swimmer hung in her family’s home.
  • Michael has won the Kiphuth Award as the best swimmer at the U.S. Summer Nationals three years running (2001, 2002 and 2003). The award is given in honor of former Yale swim coach Bob Kiphuth.
  • Michael listens to rap music before races. His favorite artist is Eminem, and he gets pumped up by DMX's "Party Up" and MAC 10's "Connected for Life."
  • Among Michael’s favorites are: football (sport to watch), basketball (sport to play), Baltimore Ravens (pro team), SportsCenter (tv show), Denzel Washington (actor), Cameron Diaz (actress), Michael Jordan (athlete) and To Kill a Mockingbird (book). He’s also likes video games, including NHL HITZ.
  • Michael is a huge fan of the late Chris Farley. He can recite every line from the movie Tommy Boy.
  • Michael’s nickname is “Iron Mike.”
  • One of Michael’s heroes is Pablo Morales, the 1992 Olympic champion in the 100m butterfly.
  • Michael once met Cindy Crawford. He was so nervous he could barely speak.
  • Michael is a national spokesman for Boys & Girls Clubs of America. He’s also an honorary board member of the Boys & Girl Club of Harford County, Maryland, and Pathfinders for Autism. In 2010, Michael’s foundation developed a national program to promote good health through swimming for the Boys & Girls Club.
  • Michael endorses a number of products. His sponsors include Speedo, Visa, Omega, Power Bar, and Matsunichi. Prior to the Beijing Olympics, Michael made an estimated $5 million annually in endorsement money. Michael’s appearance fee starts at $15,000.



Duke Kahanamoku,
1933 Sports Kings


Michael Phelps,
2004 Donruss Fans of the Gam


Janet Evans, 1992 Classic


Larissa Latynina, 1980.Olympic.Card


Mark Spitz,
1992 Collect-A-Card


Pablo Morales,
1996 SI for Kids

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