michael phelps
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  • Faith: Catholic
  • Career: Athlete
  • Birthday:  June 30, 1985
  • Accomplishments:  Olympic Gold
  • Fun Fact: 

    His lungs are nearly twice the size of the average human.

Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time, is an American swimming legend. Notably born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, and the youngest of three kids, Phelps began swimming at age 7, primarily to give him an outlet for his energy due to ADHD. Within a few years, it was clear that energy was put to good use.

At age 15, Phelps was the youngest male to make a U.S. Olympic swim team in 68 years for the 200 Olympic Games in Sydney, even though he did not medal at the Games. This clearly changed at the 2004 Games in Athens, and again in 2008 in Beijing, and so on! He announced his "retirement" after the 2012 Games in London, but in 2014 he began preparing again for the 2016 Games in Rio.

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