His diet reportedly consisted of hefty choices like two pounds of pasta and entire pizzas.“Eat, sleep and swim. Get some calories into my system and try to recover the best I can,” Phelps said at the time.
Phelps then broke his own record at the 2001 World Championships in Fukuoka, Japan, with a time of , earning his first international medal. The following year, at the same event, he broke his own world record in the 400-meter individual medley with a time of .09. trials for the 2004 Summer Olympics, he broke his own world again in the 400 meter individual medley, with a time of .
Shortly after graduating from Towson in 2003, 17-year-old Phelps set five world records, including the 200-meter individual medley at the World Championships in Barcelona, Spain, with a time of . Phelps became a superstar at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece, winning eight medals (including six gold), tying with Soviet gymnast Aleksandr Dityatin (1980) for the most medals in a single Olympic Games.
Phelps scored the first of six gold medals on August 14, when he broke his own world record in the 400-meter individual medley, shaving 0.15 seconds off of his previous mark.
After dating on and off since 2011, Phelps popped the question in February 2015.
The couple were married in a private ceremony in Paradise Valley, Arizona, although their wedding was kept secret until TMZ broke the news in October 2016.