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Photos: Michael Phelps through the years

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  1. Mini Mike

    Michael Phelps, 8, at the North Baltimore Aquatic Club in 1993. (Frank Kaufman / North Baltimore Aquatic Club via) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. Early competition

    Phelps the U.S. National Championships in Federal Way, Wash. on Mar. 29, 2000. (Donald Miralle / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. Before the glory

    A 15-year-old Phelps reached the final in the 200-meter butterfly in Sydney in 2000. (John Makely / The Baltimore Sun ) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. Presidential visit

    On the South Lawn of the White House, Michael Phelps jokes with teammates after President Clinton congratulated their efforts at the Sydney Oympic Games. (John Makely / The Baltimore Sun ) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. Welcome back

    Michael Phelps being greeted by Towson High School's 1,200 students after returning from the Sydney Olympics. (Algerina Perna / The Baltimore Sun) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. Positioned to win

    Phelps gets ready for the start of the men's 100 butterfly at the 2001 Phillips 66 Summer National Championships at Clovis West High School on Aug. 17, 2001, in Fresno, Calif. (Donald Miralle / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. Reaching for new heights

    Phelps practices for the 2003 World Championships on July 15, 2003, in Narbonne, France. (Al Bello / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. Showing off his moves

    Phelps gives coach Bob Bowman the play-by-play after winning the gold and setting an American record in the 400-meter freestyle at the 2003 U.S. National Championships on Aug. 8, 2003 at the University of Maryland. Phelps' time was 3:46.73. (Doug Pensinger / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. Winning stretch

    Phelps stretched prior to his heat of the 200-meter butterfly during a short course World Cup event in Melbourne, Australia, on Nov. 28, 2003. Phelps qualified second fastest for the final with a time of 1:56.83. (Greg Wood / AFP-Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. Going all in

    Phelps entered the pool at the start of the 200-meter individual medley final during the U.S. Olympic Swimming Team Trials on July 12, 2004, at the Charter All Digital Aquatics Centre in Long Beach, Calif. (Al Bello / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. Familiar spotlight

    Gold medalist Phelps, center, silver medalist Takashi Yamamoto of Japan, left, and bronze medalist Stephen Parry of Great Britain pose for photographers during the medal ceremony of the men's swimming 200-meter butterfly event on Aug. 17, 2004, during the Athens 2004 Summer Olympic Games. Phelps won a total of six gold and two bronze medals in Athens. (Nick Laham / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. Rock hard

    The Olympic gold medalist, with MTV VJ Vanessa Minnillo, made an appearance on MTV's "Total Request Live" on Sept. 7, 2004, in New York City, where he showed off his swimmer's body. (Peter Kramer / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  13. Golden tips

    Phelps gave instructions to swimmers during his visit to the Wu Xuyuan Sports School on Aug. 15, 2005, in Beijing. Phelps was in China's capital for a promotional tour of Asia. (Guang Niu / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  14. Back in 1st

    Phelps prepared to race in the men's 200-meter butterfly final during the XII FINA World Championships at the Rod Laver Arena on March 27, 2007. in Melbourne, Australia. Phelps won the gold. (Al Bello / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  15. Meeting Mark Spitz

    Phelps shakes hands with legendary swimmer Mark Spitz during the awards ceremony for the 200m individual medley during the U.S. Swimming Olympic Trials on July 4, 2008, in Omaha, Neb. Phelps won and set a new world record of 1:54.80. (Jamie Squire / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  16. Perfect form

    Phelps competed in the men's 200-meter butterfly final at the National Aquatics Centre during Day 5 of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games on Aug. 13, 2008. He finished the race in a time of 1:52.49, a new world record. The win gave him his fourth gold medal of the Beijing Games, and his 10th gold overall to make him the winningest Olympian ever. (Adam Pretty / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  17. U.S. muscle

    From left to right, United States swimmers Ricky Berens, Ryan Lochte and Phelps celebrated finishing first in the men's 4 x 200-meter freestyle relay final held at the National Aquatics Center on Day 5 of the Beijing 2008 Olympics on Aug. 13, 2008. The team's win netted Phelps his fifth gold of the Games, and 11th gold total. (Nick Laham / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  18. Coming up with a win

    Phelps competed in the men's 200-meter butterfly final at the National Aquatics Centre during Day 5 of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games on Aug. 13, 2008. He finished the race in a time of 1:52.49, a new world record. The win gave him his fourth gold medal of the Beijing Games, and his 10th gold overall to make him the winningest Olympian ever. (Nick Laham / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  19. He's golden

    Phelps smiled as he held his first gold medal in the Beijing 2008 Olympics after his world-record win in the finals of the men's 400-meter individual medley at the 2008 Beijing Olympics at the National Aquatics Center on Aug. 10, 2008. Phelps recorded a world record for that swim with a time of 4:03.84. (Kay Nietfeld / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  20. Nail biter

    Michael Phelps (second from left) touches home for gold, just ahead of Milorad Cavic from Serbia (third from left) in the men's 100-meter butterfly final. Andrew Lauterstein from Australia, right, took bronze ahead of U.S. simmer Ian Crocker, left. The victory on Aug. 16, 2008 tied Mark Spitz's all-time record of seven gold medals in one Olympics. (Patrick B. Kraemer / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  21. Come to Mama

    Michael Phelps of the United States goes to hug his mother Debbie, left, and his sister Hilary Phelps after the medal ceremony for men's 4x100-meter medley relay, Aug. 17, 2008. The relay victory was his record-breaking eighth gold medal of the Beijing Games. (Itsuo Inouye / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  22. Mobbed by the press

    Michael Phelps is mobbed by photographers as he embraces his mother and sister after the US men's 4 X 100m medley relay team won on Aug. 17, 2008 at the Beijing Olympics. The victory gave Phelps his eighth gold medal in a single Olympics, surpassing Mark Spitz's 1972 Munich games record of seven. (Diego Azubel / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  23. Larger than life

    Olympic volunteers walk past a giant poster of Michael Phelps near the swimming venue in Beijing in 2008. (Ceerwan Aziz / REUTERS) Back to slideshow navigation
  24. A hand from the president

    Michael Phelps shakes hands with then-president George W. Bush after Bush made remarks to the 2008 US Summer Olympic and Paralympic teams on the South Lawn of the White House in October 2008. (Jonathan Ernst / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  25. Buy the book

    Michael Phelps signs his book "No Limits: The Will To Succeed" at a Los Angeles bookstore in December 2008. Hundreds of fans lined up. (Jewel Samad / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  26. Meet the press

    Michael Phelps faces reporters before training at the Meadowbrook Aquatic Center on Feb. 6, 2009, in Baltimore. The swimming superstar had been suspended for three months and had his training stipend revoked by USA Swimming due to a photo that showed him with a bong. (Gail Burton / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  27. Suspended

    Michael Phelps leaves the North Baltimore Aquatic Club on Feb. 4, 2009, a few days after a British tabloid published a photo that appeared to show Phelps smoking marijuana from a bong. USA Swimming suspended him from competition for three months. (Rob Carr / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  28. Under pressure

    Michael Phelps speaks with reporters after losing in the finals of the 100m freestyle at the Charlotte UltraSwim Grand Prix in Charlotte, N.C. on May 17, 2009. (Chris Keane / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  29. Top form

    Michael Phelps wins the men's 100m butterfly final in record time at the FINA Swimming World Championships in Rome on Saturday, Aug. 1, 2009. (Michael Sohn / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  30. Coming back

    Michael Phelps swims to a win in the men's 100m butterfly final at the Pan Pacific Swimming Championships in Irvine, Calif. on Aug. 20, 2010. (Christinne Muschi / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  31. Flying again

    Michael Phelps competes in the men's 400m individual medley final on July 28, 2012 , at the London Olympics. (Martin Bureau / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  32. Surprise loss

    Silver medallist Michael Phelps, right, passes gold medallist Chad le Clos of South Africa as he leaves the pool after competing in the men's 200m butterfly final on July 31, 2012, at the London Olympics. (Ezra Shaw / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  33. Team gold

    From left, Conor Dwyer, Michael Phelps, Ryan Lochte and Ricky Berens pose on the podium with their gold medals after winning the men's 4x200m freestyle relay final on July 31, 2012, at the London Olympics. (Martin Bureau / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  34. Family support

    Debbie Phelp, center, the mother of Michael Phelps, and his sisters Hilary, left, and Whitney, cheer on Michael in the men's 200m individual medley final on Aug. 2, 2012, at the London Olympics. (Clive Rose / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  35. Biggest competitor

    Gold medallist Michael Phelps reacts while waiting to receive his medal alongside Silver medallist Ryan Lochte of the U.S. for the men's 200m individual medley final Aug. 2, 2012, at the London Olmpics. (Ezra Shaw / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  36. Three times

    US swimmer Michael Phelps poses on the podium with his gold medal for the 200m medley at the Olympic Games, from left, in Athens in 2004, in Beijing in 2008 and on Aug. 2, 2012, at the London Olympics. (Staff / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  37. Final individual gold

    Michael Phelps celebrates winning gold in the men's 100m butterfly final on Aug. 3, 2012, at the London Olympics. It was his final individual race of the Games. (Toby Melville / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  38. Final Olympic golden moment

    Michael Phelps, center, of the U.S. celebrates with teammates from left, Brendan Hansen, Matthew Grevers and Nathan Adrian after receiving their gold medals for winning the men's 4x100 medley relay final during the London 2012 Olympic Games, Aug. 4, 2012. (Jorge Silva / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  39. 'The greatest'

    Michael Phelps holds a FINA (Federation International de Natation) trophy recognizing him as 'The greatest olympic athlete of all time' after the U.S. won the men's 4x100 medley relay at the London 2012 Olympic Games, Aug. 4, 2012. (Hannibal / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
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updated 8/22/2008 10:18:35 AM ET 2008-08-22T14:18:35

Olympic superstar Michael Phelps will write a book telling the story behind his historic eight gold medal swims just in time for the holiday season, Free Press, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, announced Friday.

In “Built to Succeed,” Phelps will also cover his philosophy on training and competition, as well as his life being raised by a single mother and coping with an attention-deficit disorder, the publisher said.

The book is scheduled to be released in December.

Phelps, 23, became the winningest Olympian ever at this summer's Beijing games, winning eight golds to add to six previous Olympic first-place victories. He holds seven world records.

Copyright 2008 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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