Monday, September 10, 2012
Michael Phelps and six other Maryland athletes were celebrated at the Inner Harbor on Monday.
What better ride for the pride of Baltimore than The Pride of Baltimore? The Pride of Baltimore II delivered Olympians and dignitaries to the amphitheater of Baltimore's Inner Harbor as Baltimore and Maryland saluted its Olympic and Paralympic athletes in a ceremony Monday afternoon. Though all seven athletes in attendance—including pentathlete Suzanne Stettinius of Parkton, rower David Banks of Potomac, windsurfer Farrah Hall of Annapolis, cyclist Bobby Lea of Easton, former University of Maryland field hockey player Katie O'Donnell and kayaker Scott Parsons of Bethesda—were recognized, the day belonged largely to Michael Phelps, the Rodgers Forge swimmer who, with his six medals from London, is now the most decorated Olympian of all time…
Friday, September 7, 2012
Maryland, Baltimore County and Baltimore City officials will lead the ceremony at 4 p.m. Monday at the Inner Harbor Amphitheater at Light and Pratt streets.
Maryland Olympians, including swimmer Michael Phelps, will be honored during a ceremony Monday in Baltimore. The event also honors Maryland's Paralympians and is open to the public. It begins at 4 p.m. in the Inner Harbor Amphitheater at Light and Pratt streets. Gov. Martin O'Malley, Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz and Baltimore City Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake will lead the event. The Baltimore County Police Department Honor Guard will present colors at the show's start, according to a news release from Kamenetz's office. Towson High School is Phelps' alma mater, and its marching band will perform. "Baltimore County is 'busting at the seams' with pride for Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time," Kamenetz …
Sunday, September 2, 2012
Greatest Olympian wins $100,000 in poker tournament.
Updated (11:34 p.m.)—The greatest Olympic champion in history is $100,000 richer today from a win outside the pool, according to one celebrity gossip website. TMZ reported Sunday that Michael Phelps won a cash poker tournament at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas. The report includes photos of Phelps at a poker table reportedly taken in Las Vegas. Phelps reportedly spent some of the winnings at an area nightclub. But in a message on his Twitter account, Phelps cast doubt on the report. "I wish I won a 100k.... Haha not true tho:(," Phelps wrote on the social media site. Last month, The National Enquirer reported that friends of the swimmer expressed concern over the his interest in high-stakes card games.
Monday, August 6, 2012
Phelps, a Towson native, ended the 2012 Summer Olympics as the most decorated Olympian of all time.
Monday, August 6, 2012
The numbers say it all: 22 medals, 18 gold. Michael Phelps, 27, is the greatest Olympian of all time, as his trophy says. Better than even some nations, as the New York Times put it on Aug. 4: "Phelps’s 22 medals are a mind-boggling total. If he were a country, he would rank in the top 60 in modern Olympic history. His 18 golds would put him No. 36, just ahead of Argentina." If you weren't keeping a scorecard at home of the Towson swimmer who learned his skills at North Baltimore's Meadowbrook Swim Club, the Huffington Post prepared one for you: *World Record **Olympic Record Information via Sports-Reference
Saturday, August 4, 2012
Michael Phelps finished his Olympic career Saturday with a team win in the 4x100 medley relay.
In the final 50 meters, you couldn't hear the announcers or the cheers in London. You could only hear the claps and the chants and the screams of "USA! USA!" in the cramped lobby at Meadowbrook Aquatic and Fitness Center in Mount Washington. It was here where Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps cut his teeth and it was here where, Saturday afternoon, thousands of miles away, dozens turned out to watch what he claims will be the final swim of his storied career. Phelps and the Americans claimed the gold in the 4x100-meter medley relay. The win was his 22nd career medal and 18th career gold, in his fourth and final Olympics. Earlier this week, Phelps passed Larisa Latynina (18 medals) to become the most decorated Olympian of all time. After the …
Thursday, August 2, 2012
Michael Phelps set an Olympic record, making more history with his latest gold medal.
Michael Phelps set an Olympic record and earned his first individual gold in the London Olympics on Thursday evening, as he edged teammate Ryan Lochte in the 200-meter individualized medley. With the win, the Huffington Post reports, the Rodgers Forge native is the first male swimmer to earn gold in the same event in three Olympics. Phelps finished with a time of 1:54.27, just six-tenths of a second ahead of Lochte. Hungarian Lazlo Cseh took the bronze. The win continues another historic Olympics for Phelps, who with 20 medals—16 gold, two silver and two bronze—stands alone as the most decorated Olympian in history, with two events left before the week is out. Meanwhile, Baltimore County officials are considering how to honor the champion …
The only plan the county has set is to update the Towson native's monument at Olympian Park.
Baltimore County plans to honor the world's most decorated Olympian Michael Phelps—at some point. "We have to wait our turn," said Marjorie Hampson, a county spokeswoman. "When he gets back, he'll be all over the national circuit." Hampson said the county has been in communications with Phelps' public relations firm but it's still unknown when the Rodgers Forge native—who recently broke the record for most career Olympic medals—will be available. "We might not even get him until November," Hampson said with a laugh. She said the county does intend to update Phelps' monument at Olympian Park in Towson, but added that no solid celebration plans are yet in place. Hampson did confirm that there will not be a parade—as there was following the …
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
The Towson swimmer took silver in the 200-meter butterfly then swam the final leg of the 800-meter relay minutes later for the gold.
Updated (4:44 p.m.)—With a gold medal for the United States in Tuesday evening's 4x200-meter freestyle relay, Rodgers Forge native Michael Phelps is now the most decorated Olympic athlete of all time. Phelps swam the anchor leg of the relay. France—which upset the U.S. in the 100-meter relay—took silver, while China took the bronze, The Huffington Post reports. The win is Phelps' 15th career gold medal, and 19th medal overall, overtaking Russian gymnast Larisa Latynina's record for most career Olympic medals. With two events left this week—the 100-meter butterfly and 200-meter indivualized medley—Phelps has a chance to add to his total. Earlier in the evening, Phelps took silver in the 200-meter butterfly. Original post: Golden glory …
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Check out the Rodgers Forge native's London 2012 headshot.
In his official headshot ahead of the London Olympics, Towson's own Michael Phelps looks like he just spent a few weeks competing on "Survivor." This scraggly-bearded, bed-headed shot is the picture on his official Olympics profile, which lists his height, weight, Olympics record, hobbies ("playing video games, watching television"), rituals and other trivia. It will be the clean-shaven Michael Phelps, not the Nick Nolte version, who takes to the pool on Saturday for his first events in London. As Deadspin noted earlier this month, Phelps has taken worse photos.
Thursday, July 14, 2011
Here's a guide to one of the most interesting towns bordering Pikesville—Mt. Washington. Picnic to jazz music, visit an arboretum and find some unique lunch options.
Why worry about travel, hotels and the costs associated with extravagant plans? Instead, find more hours in your summer days and more fun in the sun by hanging in nearby Mt. Washington and Baltimore. Discover Cylburn Arboretum, Baltimore’s premier destination for horticulture and environmental education. Picnic on the grounds, stroll through the gardens, bird watch on the woodland nature trails, pay a visit to the historic mansion, and stop in at the nature museum. Enjoy its Summer Jazz Series: Cylburn Sounds-Jazz in the Park, from 6-8 p.m. on July 13 and 27. Bring your own chair and picnic dinner. The entrance to Cylburn is on Greenspring Avenue just south of Northern Parkway. Check their website for more programs or to become a member. …