Phelps Will Open Aquatics Center

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Friday Nov. 7, 2008
BALTIMORE (AP) -- Michael Phelps talked a lot about giving back to his sport while on the way to winning a record eight gold medals at the Beijing Olympics. Now, he's putting his money where his mouth is.

Phelps and his coach, Bob Bowman, have formed a partnership to operate the pool where the Olympic swimmer began training at the age of seven.

Aquatic Ventures LLC is taking over the Meadowbrook Aquatic Center and the North Baltimore Aquatic Club, which produced Phelps and six other Olympians over four decades. Bowman began coaching Phelps at NBAC when he was 11. After the Athens Olympics in 2004, where Phelps won six gold medals, the swimmer followed Bowman to the University of Michigan, where he was head coach of the men's swim team. Now, they are returning to Baltimore together.

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