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…
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Rebecca Anne Meyers has won a bronze medal at the 2012 Paralympics in London.
Rebecca Anne Meyers is creating her own legend as a swimmer in London at this year's Paralympic Games. The Timonium native, who is deaf, won a bronze medal in the women's 100 meter freestyle in London. According to The Guardian, "Meyers edged out Great Britain's Rhiannon Henry for the bronze by just four tenths of a second," with a time of 1:10:90. The 17-year-old Notre Dame Prep graduate's career in the pool has seen her take top honors at both national and international levels. Meyers career highlights include the American record for the 400 meter freestyle, four gold medals earned at the 2011 World Deaf Swimming Championships, and a handful of national championships that she won while in high school, according to her Team U.S.A. …
The ceremony will be the first since swimmer Michael Phelps finished his final Olympics.
State and local officials are planning a golden homecoming this upcoming Monday. The governor's office announced Wednesday that Gov. Martin O'Malley, County Executive Kevin Kamenetz and Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake will host a celebration for Michael Phelps and other returning Olympians and Paralympians next week. The ceremony is set for Monday, Sept. 10 at 4 p.m., at the Inner Harbor Amphitheater at Pratt and Light streets in downtown Baltimore. Phelps, a Rodgers Forge native, added six medals—four gold, two silver—at the London Olympics. With 22 medals total, he is now the most decorated Olympian of all time. At the Paralympics, Middle River swimmer Jessica Long currently has five medals to her name, with several races left …
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
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 …