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Michael Phelps

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Biography:

Michael Phelps is a former American Olympic swimmer and not only the greatest male swimmer of all time but also the most decorated Olympian in history with 22 medals. Over the course of his swimming career he has set 39 world records, 7 of which still stand today, and his 18 gold medals are the most gold medals by any Olympian in history. At the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, Michael won an unprecedented 8 gold medals and set yet another record for most first place finishes at an Olympic Games and his success earned him the honor of Sports Illustrated’s 2008 Sportsman of the Year.

Sports Speaker Michael’s records and legacy as an Olympian have catapulted him into the spotlight as one of America’s and the world’s best athletes in any sport. Naturally his success in the pool opened doors for a multitude of endorsement and philanthropic opportunities. Michael has had a longstanding relationship with Subway and has appeared in many TV and print advertisements for them alongside fellow Olympians such as Nastia Liukin and Apolo Anton Ohno. He is also a celebrity spokesperson for Head and Shoulders, Speedo, and Omega watches.

After his dominant 8 gold medals at the 2002 Olympic Games, Michael used money from sponsors to start the Michael Phelps Foundation with promotes the sport of swimming and living a positive, healthy lifestyle. The foundation has started several initiatives including the “im” program which partners with the Boys & Girls Club of America to encourage health and fitness to young people. The Caps for a Cause initiative was developed to help other organizations working towards the same mission of encouraging health and fitness to youth by making signed swim caps available for live or silent auctions at fundraising events. After announcing he would not be making a run at the 2016 Olympic Games Michael has become a motivational speaker and works fervently with his foundation.