Video showing 11 year old Micheal Phelps winning a 50 Butterfly in 1997
Every Olympic athlete has a story, usually that story has a beginning. Michael Phelps story is like any other. He was born in Towson, Maryland on June 30, 1985 to Fred and Debbie. He has two siblings that were in swimming, Whitney and Hilary. When Michael started to swim he was a little fearful of putting his face in the water, so his coach had him kick on his back, no wonder he's good at backstroke. He shortly overcame the discomfort when he saw the performances of Tom Dolan and Tom Malchow in the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, Georgia. Then after, he joined the North Baltimore Athletic Club, where he met the coach that will see him through his career, Bob Bowman.