The Olympians

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Happy Birthday, Michael Phelps, Record-Breaking Swimmer

June 30, 2010
by Denis Cummings
At just 25 years old, swimmer Michael Phelps is already one of the most decorated athletes in Olympic history, with 14 gold medals and two bronzes. At the 2008 Beijing Games, he won eight gold medals, breaking Mark Spitz’s 36-year old record.
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