Michael Phelps Biography

Posted by | Vishnu Das on | May 3, 2024

Date of Birth

30 / June / 1985


39 Years


American competition swimmer

Michael Phelps, whose full name is Michael Fred Phelps II, is a legendary American competition swimmer widely recognized for his remarkable achievements in the sport. Born on June 30, 1985, Phelps has earned several nicknames throughout his illustrious career, including MP, Flying Fish, The Baltimore, and Superman, reflecting his extraordinary prowess in the pool.

Michael Phelps Height, Weight, Age, Biography, Wife & More

He made his international debut in the 2000 Summer Olympics, marking the beginning of a remarkable journey that would redefine the sport of swimming. Under the guidance of his coach and mentor, Bob Bowman, Phelps mastered multiple strokes, including backstroke, butterfly, freestyle, and individual medley, showcasing his versatility and dominance in the water.

Early Life

Michael Phelps, the legendary swimmer, began his journey in the pool at a mere age of 7, inspired by his sister who was also a swimmer. His early years were marked by personal challenges, including his parents’ divorce when he was just 9, and a diagnosis of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in 6th grade. However, Phelps quickly emerged as a swimming prodigy, setting national records by the age of 10 and becoming the youngest member of the US Olympic swim team at 15 during the 2000 Summer Olympics.


Michael Phelps hails from Maryland, USA, where he attended Dumbarton Middle School in Towson and Towson High School in Baltimore County. He graduated from Towson High School in 2003. Information about his college and further educational qualifications is not publicly known.


Michael Phelps was born on June 30, 1985, in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. He is 39 years old. He belongs to the Cancer zodiac sign and holds American nationality.

Physical Stats

Michael Phelps, standing at 193 cm (6′ 4″) tall and weighing 88 kg (194 lbs), possesses a formidable physique with chest, waist, and biceps measurements of approximately 46, 34, and 16 inches, respectively. His hazel eyes and brown hair add to his distinctive appearance.


Michael Phelps has been linked with several notable personalities over the years. His past relationships include Australian Swimmer Stephanie Rice in 2008, Caroline Pal from 2008 to 2009, American Model Carrie Prejean in 2009, American Socialite Brittny Gastineau from 2010 to 2011, American Model Megan Rossee in 2012, and American TV Personality Win McMurry in 2013.

Wife and Children

Michael Phelps is married to former Miss California USA, Nicole Johnson. They exchanged vows in a private ceremony on June 13, 2016, although news of their marriage didn’t surface until four months later. Their relationship has seen its share of ups and downs since they first met at the ESPYs in 2007, including a brief separation in 2008 and another in 2010. However, in 2012 they began to reconcile, leading to their engagement in February 2015. The couple now shares four sons and resides in Paradise Valley, Arizona. Phelps is actively involved in the community, volunteering alongside his coach, Bowman, as an assistant coach for the Arizona State Sun Devils swim team.


Michael Phelps’s family includes his father, Michael Fred Phelps, who served as a trooper, and his mother, Deborah Phelps. He has two brothers, Shane Lee, who is a cricketer, and Grant Lee, and two sisters, Whitney Phelps, who is a swimmer, and Hilary Phelps. Their ancestry encompasses English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh, and German ethnicities.

Michael Phelps Father Michael Fred Phelps

Michael Phelps Father Michael Fred Phelps

Michael Phelps with his Mother and Sister

Michael Phelps with his Mother and Sister

Michael Phelps with his Wife and Children

Michael Phelps with his Wife and Children

Michael Phelps with his Girlfriend Stephanie Rice

Michael Phelps with his Girlfriend Stephanie Rice

Michael Phelps with his Girlfriend Carrie Prejean,

Michael Phelps with his Girlfriend Carrie Prejean


Michael Phelps, renowned as one of the greatest athletes of all time, forged an unparalleled career in swimming. Rising from humble beginnings, he captured the world’s attention with his extraordinary talent and relentless determination. Phelps’s dominance in the pool is epitomized by his record-breaking achievements, including 23 Olympic gold medals, the most ever by any Olympian.

Throughout his illustrious career, he shattered numerous world records and claimed multiple accolades, such as World Swimmer of the Year and American Swimmer of the Year awards. Beyond his remarkable athletic feats, Phelps has left a lasting legacy through his philanthropic endeavors, notably the Michael Phelps Foundation, aimed at promoting swimming and healthy lifestyles.

Personal Bests

Long course (50-meter pool)

Time Event Date Venue
47.51 (r) 100 m freestyle August 11, 2008 Beijing
53.01 100 m backstroke August 3, 2007 Indianapolis
1:02.57 100 m breaststroke February 17, 2008 Columbia
1:42.96 200 m freestyle August 12, 2008 Beijing
1:54.65 200 m backstroke August 1, 2007 Indianapolis
2:11.30 200 m breaststroke August 10, 2015 San Antonio
3:46.73 400 m freestyle August 8, 2003 College Park
49.82 100 m butterfly August 1, 2009 Rome
1:51.51 200 m butterfly July 29, 2009 Rome
1:54.16 200 m IM July 28, 2011 Shanghai
4:03.84 400 m IM August 10, 2008 Beijing

Short course meters (25-meter pool)

Time Event Date Venue
46.99 100 m freestyle December 18, 2009 Manchester
50.46 100 m butterfly December 18, 2009 Manchester
51.65 100 m IM October 22, 2011 Berlin
1:42.78 200 m freestyle February 4, 2006 East Meadow
1:50.34 200 m backstroke October 22, 2011 Berlin
1:51.89 200 m IM October 23, 2011 Berlin
1:52.27 200 m butterfly November 28, 2003 Melbourne
4:01.49 400 m IM October 22, 2011 Berlin

Net Worth

Michael Phelps’s approximate net worth is $55 million.

Favourite Things

Favourite Team The Baltimore Ravens (American football team)
Favourite Food Corn dog, Pasta, Pizzas, ham and cheese sandwiches
Favourite Film Miracle, Tommy Boy
Favourite Actor Scott Baio

Some Lesser Known Facts About Michael Phelps

  • Does Michael Phelps smoke?: Not Known
  • Does Michael Phelps drink alcohol?: Yes
  • His father, Fred, was a state trooper and was also an all-round athlete.
  • When Phelps was 9 years old, his parents divorced in 1994.
  • His sister was also a swimmer and he was inspired by her to join swimming. He began swimming at the age of 7.
  • He was diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), when he was in 6th grade.
  • At the age of 10, he held the national record in his age group.
  • He was the youngest swimmer of USA, when he participated in the 2000 Summer Olympics at the age of 15.
  • During the 2008 Beijing Olympics, he broke the record of Mark Spitz for winning most number of Gold Medals (7) by an individual after winning 8 gold medals.
  • He holds the all-time record for Olympic Gold Medals – 23.
  • In the 2012 London Olympics, he won 4 golds and 2 silvers and became the most successful athlete for the 3rd Olympics in a row.
  • He won World Swimmer of the Year Award for 7 times and American Swimmer of the Year Award for 9 times.
  • He started Michael Phelps Foundation after the 2008 Summer Olympics to promote swimming and healthier lifestyle. Michael Phelps Foundation
  • After the 2008 Summer Olympics, he became Sports Illustrated magazine’s Sportsman of the Year.
  • A Street in his hometown, Baltimore, has been named after Michael Phelps.

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Body Measurements Chest: 46 Inches, Waist: 34 Inches, Biceps: 16 Inches
Birth Place Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Children Sons: Name not Known
Eye Color Hazel
Hair Color Brown
Height In CM 193 CM
Height In Meter 1.93 M
Nationality American
Parents Father: Michael Fred Phelps, Mother: Deborah Phelps
Profession American competition swimmer
Siblings Brother: Shane Lee, Grant Lee, Sisters: Whitney Phelps, Hilary Phelps
Spous Nicole Johnson
Weight 88 kg
Zodiac Sign Cancer


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