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Katie Ledecky got good luck wishes from Missy Franklin and a high-five from Michael Phelps on her way to the pool deck to swim in her first Olympic final at 15.
Then the high school sophomore-to-be from Bethesda, Md., went out and won her own gold medal.
Ledecky touched first in the 800-meter freestyle with a time of 8 minutes, 15.63 seconds on Friday night, beating a field that included defending Olympic champion Rebecca Adlington of Britain and 2008 bronze medalist Lotte Friis of Denmark.
She lowered Janet Evans' American record of 8:16.22 set on Aug. 20, 1989 - eight years before Ledecky was born.
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A look at the career of Michael Phelps, who retired after swimming his final event of the London Olympics on Saturday:
2000 - Makes first Olympic appearance at Sydney Games, becoming youngest male swimmer on the U.S. team at age 15. Finishes fifth in his only event, the 200-meter butterfly.
2001 - Becomes the youngest male (15 years, 11 months) to set a world record when he breaks...
With Prince William and King James, Kobe and Kate in attendance, Michael Phelps dove in for his final individual race of any kind and absolutely crushed that 100 fly, winning gold easily despite being in seventh at the turn.
Of course, he did. What did we expect? This is the greatest swimmer in the history of the world and this is what he does, win races, at least for another day...
American teenager Missy Franklin set a world record in the 200 backstroke Friday for her third gold and fourth medal overall at the London Olympics.
Franklin clocked 2 minutes, 4.06 seconds, 0.75 quicker than the mark set by Kirsty Coventry of Zimbabwe at the 2009 world championships in Rome in a now-banned bodysuit.
It was the seventh world record of the games.
Michael Phelps became the most decorated athlete in Olympic history two days ago, claiming his 19th medal over three different games and passing famed gymnast Larisa Latynina. Phelps now stands alone at the top of a prestigious mountain, one that few have ever been privileged enough to ascend.
A little Taiwanese animation seems fitting for such a feat, wouldn't you agree?
Sitting here in the blissful aftermath of what Michael Phelps has achieved, it’s hard to believe his storied Olympic career is over. Which may be why so many experts are saying he isn’t done, despite his public declarations that he’s hanging up the Speedo for good. But he’s right; he has nothing else to prove. That’s part of the challenge; how will he ever outdo himself...
He says he's done looking at the world through goggles.
And taking all his directions from the black line on the bottom of a pool.
There's no need to restart the debate over whether Michael Phelps is the greatest Olympian ever, at least not on the night he walked off the pool deck and out of competitive swimming for good. Or so he said.
''I could probably sum it...
Michael Phelps' swimming career ended Saturday night in predictable fashion - a gold medal, the 18th of his Olympic career and 22nd medal overall. Here's a selection of reaction from the Twitter world in the minutes that followed after Phelps and the U.S. won the 4x100-meter medley relay in his final race:
''Wow @MichaelPhelps wow. He's gone somewhere no...
Michael Phelps may be the most popular athlete in the world right now, but that doesn’t mean he’s above acting like an excited fan when he receives tweets from celebrities.
Phelps, who added to his record Olympic medals total with a gold in the 200-meter individual medley on Thursday, spent a portion of his time the past few days responding to congratulatory tweets. Two in...
It’s fair to say the American medal magnet collected a sack full by conquering water the way England sacked the world when it ruled the seven seas. Everyone goes home a special prize.
If Elizabeth I was brave enough to knight an old pirate like Sir Walter Raleigh, Elizabeth II ought to do the same for our newest buccaneer. Who wouldn’t want to see that happen? Since he broke...
Michael Phelps beat South Africa's Chad le Clos and Russia's Evgeny Korotyshkin (who finished with identical times) by 0.23 seconds today to win the 100-meter butterfly and his 17th career gold...
Full story at Bob's Blitz ~ http://www.bobsblitz.com
Michael Phelps won the gold in the 200 meter individual medley today, besting teammate Ryan Lochte who brought home the silver. Phelps became the first male swimmer to win the same event three...
Full story at Bob's Blitz ~ http://www.bobsblitz.com
Go for the gold -- but should you succeed, be prepared to dole out some gold of your own.
The U.S. Olympic Committee awards prize money to American medal winners: $25,000 for gold, $15,000 for silver, $10,000 for bronze. That prize money is taxed at a rate of 35 percent, Americans for Tax Reform calculated. On top of that, the medals themselves are taxed: You only have to fork over...
Fancy a traditional English fry-up for breakfast? How about a chicken curry or some kimchi? Or would a lamb samosa and some baba ganoush from a halal kitchen be more to your taste?
Step right this way. The athletes' dining room in the Olympic village is a food court like no other, offering the world's elite athletes healthy, hearty food and fuel, 24 hours a day - and doing...