Olympic champion Michael Phelps take on rivals, why he's skeptical of the Yi Shiwen doping rumors and his future plans.
Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian in history, said Monday that he really means it when he says he is retiring.
Michael Phelps will swim for more gold Friday at the 2012 Games, competing in the final individual race of his storied Olympic career. Meanwhile, attention will begin to shift to Olympic Stadium as the track and field competition gets under way.
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Former Olympian and chairman of the 2012 Olympics Sebastian Coe discusses Michael Phelps' legacy with Piers Morgan.
"I consider myself normal," Michael Phelps told Piers Morgan. "I've spent 20 years in the pool. I consider that something that's normal."
CNN.com web exclusive: Michael Phelps talks with CNN's Piers Morgan about his extreme dedication to training.
Ryan Lochte won the United States' first gold medal at the London Olympics with an outstanding performance in Saturday's 400m individual medley.
1. The United States will not lead the medal table in London. China, which didn't fully compete in the Olympics until 1984, will conquer the overall medal standings for the first time, completing its rise into sports superpower status. The Chinese led the Beijing Games with 51 golds, but the U.S. had 110 total medals to the host nation's 100 to top the table for the fourth straight Olympics.
Michael Phelps claimed his third gold of the world swimming championships in Shanghai Saturday but then admitted he was short of peak fitness.
How do you top eight gold medals in a single Olympics? Don't ask Michael Phelps, because he doesn't plan to try.
Olympic champion Michael Phelps admitted it was good to be back on the winning trail after securing his first gold medal at the World Swimming Championships in Shanghai.
Now that the 2011 World Championships final of the men's 200-meter butterfly is history, we can all stop worrying about Michael Phelps' swimming fitness and start worrying about his golf game. In winning his fifth world title in what he calls his "bread and butter" event, Phelps looked strong and focused Wednesday, leaving one to wonder if the pastime that frequently distracted the 14-time Olympic gold medalist from the pool the last three years is now in complete shambles.
A dramatic fightback from Ryan Lochte secured a thrilling victory over Olympic champion Michael Phelps in the men's 200m freestyle at the World Championships in Shanghai.
One of the biggest questions looming over the 2011 World Swimming Championships, set to begin in Shanghai on Sunday, was resolved on Thursday when the Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled that the world's fastest man in water, Cesar Cielo of Brazil, could defend his world titles in the 50- and 100-meter freestyles despite testing positive for the banned diuretic furosemide in May. (Though the immediate issue of eligibility has been put to rest, the controversy surrounding the CAS decision has surely just begun.)
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A giant of the track and field world passed away last week, when Hal Connolly died at age 79. Connolly won the gold medal in the hammer throw at the 1956 Olympics in Melbourne, then continued a lengthy career of distinction, competing in three more Olympics and missing out on a fourth at the 1972 Olympic trials. Over his career he broke the world record in the event six times over a period that lasted more than nine years. His final record-breaking throw in 1965 sailed 233 feet, nine inches. Years later, Connolly admitted to using steroids during his career, when they were not yet illegal and their consequences were not widely known.
Swimming star Michael Phelps has failed to reach the final of the 400-meter individual medley at the Pan Pacific Championships on Thursday, missing out at a major event for the first time since 2005.
Record-breaking swimmer Michael Phelps was left stunned when his golden run at the U.S. national championships came to an abrupt halt, leaving his overall title tally stuck on 50.
•Michael Phelps won three of four races last weekend at the Charlotte UltraSwim Grand Prix meet, an early competitive foray into the 2010 season. He placed first in the 200-meter freestyle, 100-meter butterfly and 200-meter individual medley. He placed second in the 100-meter backstroke.
Out-of-shape swimming superstar Michael Phelps again struggled as an unprecedented 16 records were set at the World Cup short-course event in Berlin this weekend.
Michael Phelps was defeated once more as four world records fell at the FINA World Cup meet in Stockholm on Wednesday.
Swimming legend Michael Phelps struggled in his attempt to adapt to the old-style racing suits at the World Cup short-course event in Sweden on Tuesday.
Swimming superstar Michael Phelps will spearhead a new international teams event to be held in Britain in December.
But alcohol did not play a role in the accident and the swimmer was not at fault, says a police source
The driver who collided with a vehicle driven by Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps will be cited for failure to stop at a red light, police said Friday.
Olympic champion swimmer Michael Phelps gets in a car accident in Baltimore, Maryland.
The Olympic champ smashed his SUV in downtown Baltimore Thursday night
Five things we learned from the world championships in Rome.
Michael Phelps on Sunday claimed his fifth gold medal as the U.S. 4x100m medley squad fittingly rounded off a remarkable eight days of competition at the Foro Italico with the 43rd world record.
ROME -- Do not mess with Michael Phelps. He runs on emotion, dances through fire and uses all slights, disses and challenges to make himself swim faster. As Ali needed Frazier, Maris needed Mantle and Hatfield needed McCoy, the 2009 version of Michael Phelps, the eight Olympic golds behind him, needed Milorad Cavic to measure himself against at the world championships in Rome.
Michael Phelps wrested back his world 100-meter butterfly record after another titanic showdown with Milorad Cavic at the world swimming championships in Rome on Saturday evening.
Milorad Cavic has been waiting for Saturday's 100-meter butterfly final -- and a showdown with Michael Phelps -- for the past year. It is a rematch Cavic has looked forward to since he lost out last August on an Olympic title and a chance to spoil Phelps' historic run of eight gold medals.
Serbia's Milorad Cavic erased Michael Phelps' 100m fly mark from the world record books as he bids to take revenge on the American for defeat in the Beijing Olympics last year.
Multiple Olympic champion Michael Phelps bounced back on Wednesday to set a world record in the 200 meters butterfly after suffering his first defeat in international competition in four years a day earlier at the world swimming championships in Rome.
U.S. swimmer Ricky Berens suit split open during a race at the World Championships. CNN's Jeanne Moos reports.
When Michael Phelps lost his first major individual competition in four years at the World Championships in Rome it was a defeat which could help define the sport for decades to come.
The stars have been realigned. At a meet where every Tom, Dick and Giuseppe have been setting world records, Michael Phelps finally broke his own in the 200-meter butterfly Wednesday night at the FINA World Championships, lowering the mark he has owned since 2001 to 1:51.51. It was the eighth time Phelps has bettered the mark since he set the first world record of his career in the 200 fly in Austin, Texas, as a 15-year old. His winning time then was 1:54.92. He won the gold medal in Beijing, swimming 1:52.03.
From a no-name in the swim world a year ago, Germany's Paul Biedermann blasted onto the front stage as he put Michael Phelps into silver medal submission in the 200-meter freestyle at the world championships in Rome. Touching the wall in one minute, 42 seconds flat, Biedermann beat Phelps by 1.22 seconds and lowered the world record Phelps set in the Beijing Olympics from 1:42.96.
Sometimes, even veterans make rookie mistakes. Aaron Peirsol is one the greatest swimmers of his generation, arguably the greatest backstroker of all time. But at the swimming world championships on Monday, Peirsol made a bad error in judgment that cost him a spot in the final of the 100-meter backstroke that could have earned him a spot in history Tuesday.
Sacre bleu. The U.S. relay team fricasseed and flambéed the French again. On a night when six world records fell in seven events at the FINA world championships in Rome, the race that didn't produce one nevertheless held a headline. This was France's chance to undo the choke of Beijing, when Jason Lezak chased down Alain Bernard in the final strokes to keep Michael Phelps' bid for eight golds alive and reduce French boasting to a fine dice.
Michael Phelps swam the first leg for the winning U.S. 4 x 100 meters relay squad as the first day of competition in the pool at the world championships in Rome saw six world records tumble.
Swimming events begin Sunday at the FINA World Championships in Rome. This will be more than just the Michael Phelps show, though Phelps will swim in six races (200 freestyle, 100 butterfly 200 butterfly and three relays) and will likely come away with six more medals. Here are some of the things for fans of the U.S. team to look for at the championships:
Eight-time gold medal winner at the Beijing Olympics and multiple world-record holder Michael Phelps warmed up for the Swimming World Championships in Rome by setting a new men's world record in the 100 meters butterfly.
As the summer swim season starts Memorial Day weekend, water quality and health experts have a message for swimmers: Please don't pee in the pool.
In his first competition since winning eight gold medals at the Beijing Olympics last summer, Michael Phelps came to the Charlotte Ultraswim meet in North Carolina well-rested and with some new style: he debuted a new straight-arm or "windmill" stroke technique for some of his freestyle events, a stroke that allows him to slice throw the water more efficiently.
CNN's sports Larry Smith talks about Michael Phelps' return to the pool after a three-month suspension.
Multiple Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps was upstaged for the second successive night when he finished runner-up to Freddie Bousquet in the 100m freestyle final at the Charlotte Ultraswim meet in North Carolina on Sunday.
Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps suffered his first defeat in a championship race in a year when he lost the 100-meter backstroke to world-record holder Aaron Peirsol at the Charlotte UltraSwim in North Carolina.
Olympian Michael Phelps says he will return to competition after a three-month ban.
Michael Phelps made a winning return to competitive swimming when he landed the 200 meters freestyle and 100m butterfly finals at the Charlotte Ultraswim meet in North Carolina.
Multiple Olympic champion Michael Phelps qualified for the 200m freestyle final at the Charlotte Ultraswim meet as he returned to competition for the first time since last summer's Beijing Games.
Michael Phelps is set to return to competitive swimming after completing a three-month suspension following the publication of a picture apparently showing the multi-Olympic champion using illegal drugs.
Michael Phelps -- the Olympic gold-medal swimmer who jumped into hot water over a photo of him holding a bong -- has returned to competition for the first time since the Beijing Olympics.
"I really had no idea what to do," says the Olympian of first finding out about the bong photo
When Kellogg's dumped its endorsement of Michael Phelps after a photograph surfaced of the Olympic gold medalist using a bong, the company was stuck with thousands of boxes of cereal featuring the swimmer's image.
The Olympic champ apologizes again and warns young people about making decisions
Sheriff Leon Lott says there is not enough evidence to prosecute Olympian Michael Phelps on drug charges.
Olympic swimming champion Michael Phelps will not face criminal charges in connection with a November party at which he was photographed using a bong, a South Carolina sheriff said Monday.
Quite the stink over Michael Phelps' dalliance with the wacky tobaccy. With The Fuzz in South Carolina all fired up to press charges, we have the usual role model hand-wringing and clacking of calculators in damage assessment mode as a pungent cloud drifts over Phelps' endorsement future.
Michael Phelps says he's glad to be back in the water despite his suspension by USA Swimming.
Olympic champion Michael Phelps said Friday that he is grateful for the support of friends, family and most of his sponsors, and is focusing on his training in the wake of disciplinary action after a photo surfaced of him smoking from a bong.
The Olympian's behavior "is not consistent with the image of Kellogg," the corn flake company says
Michael Phelps says that he has learned from his mistakes and is happy to be back in the water.
Olympic hero Michael Phelps was suspended from competitive swimming for three months on Thursday -- just hours after one of his sponsors announced it would not renew his contract after a photo surfaced of him smoking from a bong.
The swimmer says telling his mom about the pot shot was the toughest part
The local police department "is making an effort to determine if Mr. Phelps broke the law" when he was snapped with a bong
A South Carolina sheriff's office is investigating whether Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps smoked marijuana on the University of South Carolina campus.
Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps has acknowledged he engaged in "regrettable" behavior and "demonstrated bad judgment," after a British newspaper published a photograph of the swimmer smoking from a bong.
Showbiz Tonight's AJ Hammer talks with his panel about the controvery over swimmer Michael Phelps.
How wrong we were. With his laid-back vibe and skateboard collection, Ryan Lochte was the Olympic swimmer who most reminded us of Jeff Spicoli. But clearly, it is Michael Phelps, among the Speedo set, who best embodies the true spirit of Ridgemont High's best-known stoner.
The swimmer expresses regret after being shown in a photo apparently smoking marijuana
Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps admitted to "regrettable" behavior Sunday and vowed it wouldn't happen again after a British newspaper published a photograph of the swimmer smoking from a bong.
Great ones find a way. You get a sense that even if Craig Ehlo and Bryon Russell were guarding Michael Jordan together, he would shoot over or around them; if Tiger Woods was surrounded by an ocean and a desert, he could birdie the 18th; if Lance Armstrong had to cycle the Tour de France vertically, he could reach the roof before the Italian team crossed the street on flat pavement; and if someone drafted a 4x6 goalie, he still couldn't stop Wayne Gretzky in overtime of Game 7.
The Olympian is putting on pounds and enjoying the easy life
Michael Phelps was named SI 2008 Sportsman of the Year on Tuesday. Here are several stories and photo galleries chronicling Phelps' rise to glory over the years:
The party of the year in the swimming world took place not in Beijing's Water Cube in August but in a New York City hotel ballroom the week before Thanksgiving. The occasion was the Golden Goggle Awards, the Oscars of the amphibious set, and most of the 43 members of the U.S. Olympic swim team turned out for the splashy event. With their short skirts, high heels and ripped biceps the women were visions of powerful femininity. The dudes wore their tuxedos ironically, with shaggy hair and bow ties askew. Before the awards show began, there was a rip-roaring cocktail hour. The view of midtown Manhattan from the ballroom revealed the grand old Ziegfeld Theatre, which on this night was hosting a red-carpet premiere for the latest overwrought Hollywood drama. Despite the constellation of paparazzi flashes the assembled actors couldn't match the star power at the Golden Goggles.
The Olympic champ brings Caroline "Caz" Pal to Baltimore for Thanksgiving
This year's eight-time gold medalist says he'll "do nothing" until February
"My mom is by far the most important woman in my life," he says of the female attention
The multi-medalist swimmer's wardrobe will include a Speedo when he hosts Saturday Night Live
From Vegas to the VMAs, the swimmer says he's having a blast since the Olympics
"He's gonna be naked in all the sketches I write!" promises Kristen Wiig
"I could see him coming back as one of the boys," the actor says of the Olympian
"I never said I have a girlfriend, and I never said I don't have a girlfriend," the Olympic gold medalist tells PEOPLE
The gold medalist swims with New York City kids to promote his favorite sport
The Olympian is being given a hero's welcome at the Orlando resort on Friday
The Golden Boy chats with Woods – and crosses paths with Misty May-Treanor – at a Manhattan party
The 14-time Olympic Gold-medalist will kick off show's 34th season next month
We asked the Sports Illustrated writers who covered the Beijing Olympics to leave us with their indelible memory of the Games.
The record-setting American calls the ceremony a "great start" to the 2012 games
The two swimmers are seen in their Speedos – and also kissing!
• How do you unwind in Beijing if youÃ¢€™re eight-time gold-medalist Michael Phelps? You have drinks by the pool – not in it! The Olympian turned up at Beijing's Club Bud, the multi-level nightclub in the Chaoyang district designed by Anheuser-Busch, and spent the night in poolside cabanas along with fellow team members Ryan Lochte, Matt Grevers and Natalie Coughlin. Of course, they didn't go unnoticed – fans asked Phelps to pose for photos, and he didn't seem to mind. "A lot of people wanted to get close to him," says the guest. "But he looked pretty happy to hang out with everyone."
In quick succession, I've been asked to lend my presumed wisdom to the following ascending questions:
The Olympic swimming champ's grrrreatest moments will be remembered Kellogg's cereal boxes
The record breaking Olympian strikes an iconic pose
Olympic swimmers broke 25 world records at Beijing's Water Cube over the course of the nine-day swimming program. To put that number into perspective, consider this: the only Olympics in which more marks fell was at the Montreal Games in 1976 (30), the first Olympics where goggles were used. Being able to see underwater, which allowed swimmers to plan their turns before their heads smacked the wall, made for a big drop in times. During the ensuing 32 years, the sport has had a steady stream of technical advances ?better training tools like short fins, ergonomically-designed hand paddles, and the full body suit designs that debuted in Sydney in 2000. All of these things were helpful, of course, but there's been nothing as seismic as the advent of goggles.
He also faces huge sponsor deals – such as $50 million from Nike, alone
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