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Michael Phelps’ career in photos on his 30th birthday

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Michael Phelps turned 30 on Tuesday, which means his Olympic debut in 2000 was half a lifetime ago.

Phelps shares his birthday with actress Monica Potter and boxer Mike Tyson, who both have loose Olympic ties.

Potter played 1972 Olympic 5000m runner Steve Prefontaine‘s girlfriend, Mary Marckx, in the 1998 biopic “Without Limits.”

Tyson reportedly first met Evander Holyfield at the 1984 U.S. Olympic Trials, where they competed in separate divisions. Tyson did not make the Olympic Team, while Holyfield won bronze in Los Angeles.

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Other notable Olympians with June 30 birthdays, according to sports-reference.com: 1964 10,000m champion Billy Mills (1938), 2008 1500m champion  Asbel Kiprop (1989) and 2014 ski halfpipe champion David Wise (1990).

But back to Phelps. He has more Olympic medals (22) and golds (18) than any other Olympian and could become the first U.S. man to swim in five Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Dara Torres, whom Phelps called “mom” when he swam in 2000 at age 15, is the only other American to swim in five Olympics.

Here are 30 photos of Phelps, in chronological order, in honor of his birthday (courtesy AP, Getty Images, Baltimore Sun, Phelps’ Instagram):

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Phelps, 8, at the North Baltimore Aquatic Club in 1993.

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Phelps, 14, at the U.S. Championships in March 2000.

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Phelps stretches before swimming the 200m butterfly at the 2000 U.S. Olympic Trials. He made the team and was the youngest U.S. swimmer in Sydney.

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Phelps swims at the Sydney Olympics, where he finished fifth in the 200m fly.

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Phelps returns to Towson (Md.) High School after the Sydney Olympics.

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Phelps visits the White House with the U.S. Olympic Team in 2000. Bill Clinton was president.

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Phelps celebrates his first world record on March 30, 2001. He swam the 200m fly in 1:54.92. His current world record in the event, from 2009, is 1:51.51.

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Phelps, next to Tom Malchow, holds his first World Championships gold medal from the 200m fly in 2001.

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Phelps poses with his first major American rival, Ian Crocker, who beat Phelps for 100m fly gold at the 2003 World Championships.

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Phelps celebrates after winning his first Olympic gold medal in the 400m individual medley in Athens.

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Phelps holds his bronze medal from the “Race of the Century” in Athens, when he nearly chased down Ian Thorpe and Pieter van den Hoogenband in the 200m freestyle.

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Phelps poses with a wide-eyed Ryan Lochte after their first Olympic head-to-head race in the 2004 200m individual medley. They went one-two.

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Phelps cheers on the U.S. 4x100m medley relay team in Athens after giving up his spot to Crocker for the final. Phelps still won a medal, his sixth gold and eighth overall of the Games, because he swam in the morning prelims.

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Phelps visits MTV’s “Total Request Live” after returning from Athens.

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Phelps at the 2007 World Championships, where he set the table for Beijing 2008 by winning seven gold medals in eight events. His quest for eight was thwarted in the final event, when Crocker left the blocks too early in the medley relay prelims.

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Phelps shakes hands with Mark Spitz at the 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials. Phelps broke Spitz’s record of seven gold medals at a single Games at Beijing 2008.

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Garrett Weber-Gale and Phelps celebrate the U.S. 4x100m free relay gold in Beijing. Anchor Jason Lezak swam the fastest relay split in history to overtake Frenchman Alain Bernard.

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Phelps, left, and Milorad Cavic, right, finish in the 100m fly in Beijing. Phelps won by .01 of a second.

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Phelps with his mom, Debbie, and sisters, Hilary and Whitney, after winning gold No. 8 at the Beijing Olympics.

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Phelps hosts “Saturday Night Live” in September 2008. That’s William Shatner on the right.

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Phelps meets another president, George W. Bush, after the Beijing Olympics.

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Phelps slaps his suit in one of his most exuberant individual swim reactions upon winning the 100m fly at the 2009 World Championships. The 2009 Worlds were the apex of the controversial high-tech suit era. Earlier, Phelps was beaten in the 200m free by German Paul Biedermann, who wore a rival Arena suit to Phelps’ Speedo.

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Phelps reacts after finishing fourth in the 400m IM at the London Olympics. It was his first event of the Games and his first time finishing out of the medals in an Olympic event since 2000. Doubts surfaced over his medal hopes for the rest of his individual events.

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Phelps, who rebounded to win six medals (four gold) in London, lifts a trophy recognizing his feat as the most decorated Olympian of all time.

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Phelps might have thought this was his final White House visit in September 2012.

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Phelps, who retired after the London Olympics, in the background with Michael Jordan at Jordan’s celebrity golf tournament in April 2013.

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Phelps takes a swing at one of his many retirement golf trips, this one in Crans, Switzerland, in September 2013.

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Phelps and soccer legend Pele at a Subway event in December 2013 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Pele was promoting the World Cup. Many wondered at the time whether Phelps had designs on returning to Brazil in 2016.

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Phelps practices at the Charlotte Grand Prix in May 2014, his second comeback meet.

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Phelps and Nicole Johnson were engaged Feb. 21.

2020 Tour de France standings

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2020 Tour de France results for the yellow jersey, green jersey, white jersey and polka-dot jersey …

Overall (Yellow Jersey)
1. Tadej Pogacar (SLO) — 87:20:05
2. Primoz Roglic (SLO) — +:59
3. Richie Porte (AUS) — +3:30
4. Mikel Landa (ESP) — +5:58
5. Enric Mas (ESP) — +6:07
6. Miguel Angel Lopez (COL) — +6:47
7. Tom Dumoulin (NED) — +7:48
8. Rigberto Uran (COL) — +8:02
9. Adam Yates (GBR) — +9:25
10. Damiano Caruso (ITA) — +14:03
13. Richard Carapaz (ECU) — +25:53
15. Sepp Kuss (USA) — +42:20
17. Nairo Quintana (COL) — +1:03:07
29. Thibaut Pinot (FRA) — +1:59:54
36. Julian Alaphilippe (FRA) — +2:19:11
DNF. Egan Bernal (COL)

Sprinters (Green Jersey)
1. Sam Bennett (IRL) — 380 points
2. Peter Sagan (SVK) — 284
3. Matteo Trentin (ITA) — 260
4. Bryan Coquard (FRA) — 181
5. Wout van Aert (BEL) — 174

Climbers (Polka-Dot Jersey)
1. Tadej Pogacar (SLO) — 82 points
2. Richard Carapaz (ECU) — 74
3. Primoz Roglic (SLO) — 67
4. Marc Hirschi (SUI) — 62
5. Miguel Angel Lopez (COL) — 51

Young Rider (White Jersey)
1. Tadej Pogacar (SLO) — 87:20:13
2. Enric Mas (ESP) — +6:07
3. Valentin Madouas (FRA) — +1:42:43
4. Dani Martinez (COL) — +1:55:12
5. Lennard Kamna (GER) — +2:15:39

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Tadej Pogacar, Slovenia win Tour de France for the ages

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A Tour de France that almost didn’t happen ended up among the most exciting in the race’s 117-year history.

Tadej Pogacar, a 21-year-old Slovenian, rode into Paris on Sunday as the first man in more than 60 years to pedal in the yellow jersey for the first time on the final day of a Tour.

Let’s get the achievements out of the way: Pogacar is the first Slovenian to win the Tour, finishing with the other overall leaders behind stage winner Sam Bennett on the Champs-Elysees.

“Even if I would come second or last, it wouldn’t matter, it would be still nice to be here,” Pogacar said. “This is just the top of the top. I cannot describe this feeling with the words.”

He is the second-youngest winner in race history, after Henri Cornet in 1904. (Cornet won after the first four finishers were disqualified for unspecified cheating. The 19-year-old Frenchman rode 21 miles with a flat tire during the last stage after spectators reportedly threw nails on the road.)

Pogacar is the first man to win a Tour in his debut since Frenchman Laurent Fignon in 1983.

And he’s part of a historic one-two for Slovenia, a nation with the population of Houston.

Countryman Primoz Roglic, who wore the yellow jersey for nearly two weeks before ceding it after Saturday’s epic time trial, embraced Pogacar after a tearful defeat Saturday and again during Sunday’s stage.

Tasmanian Richie Porte, who moved from fourth place to third on Saturday, made his first Tour podium in his 10th start, a record according to ProCyclingStats.com. The age range on the Paris gloaming podium — more than 13 years — is reportedly the largest in Tour history.

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Three men on a Tour de France podium in the shadow of the Arc de Triomphe, each for the first time. Hasn’t been done since 2007, arguably the first Tour of a new era.

This Tour feels similarly guard-changing.

It barely got off, delayed two months by the coronavirus pandemic. Two days before the start, France’s prime minister said the virus was “gaining ground” in the nation and announced new “red zones” in the country, including parts of the Tour route.

Testing protocols meant that if any team had two members (cyclists or staff) test positive before the start or on either rest day, the whole team would be thrown out.

It never came to that. Yet the Tour finishes without 2019 champion, Colombian Egan Bernal, who last year became the first South American winner and, at the time, the youngest in more than 100 years.

Bernal abandoned last Wednesday after struggling in the mountains. His standings plummet signaled the end, at least for now, of the Ineos Grenadiers dynasty after five straight Tour titles dating to Chris Froome and the Team Sky days.

Jumbo-Visma became the new dominant team. The leader Roglic was ushered up climbs by several Jumbo men, including Sepp Kuss, the most promising American male cyclist in several years.

What a story Roglic was shaping up to be. A junior champion ski jumper, he was concussed in a training crash on the eve of what would have been his World Cup debut in 2007. Roglic never made it to the World Cup before quitting and taking up cycling years later.

As Roglic recovered from that spill in Planica, Pogacar had his sights on the Rog Ljubljana cycling club about 60 miles east. Little Tadej wanted to follow older brother Tilen into bike racing, but the club didn’t have a bike small enough.

The following spring, they found one. Pogacar was off and pedaling. In 2018, at age 18, he was offered a contract and then signed with UAE Team Emirates, his first World Tour team. The next year, Pogacar finished third at the Vuelta a Espana won by Roglic, becoming the youngest Grand Tour podium finisher since 1974.

Pogacar was initially slated to support another rider, Fabio Aru, for UAE Emirates at this year’s Tour. But his continued ascent propelled him into a team leader role.

Bernal and Roglic entered the Tour as co-favorites. After that, Pogacar was among a group of podium contenders but perhaps with the highest ceiling.

He stayed with the favorites for much of the Tour, save losing 81 seconds on the seventh stage, caught on the wrong end of a split after a crash in front of him.

“I’m not worried,” Pogacar said that day. “We will try another day.”

The next day, actually. He reeled back half of the lost time, putting him within striking distance of Roglic going into Saturday’s 22-mile time trial, the so-called “race of truth.”

Pogacar put in a performance in the time trial that reminded of Greg LeMond‘s epic finale in 1989. Pogacar won the stage by 81 seconds, greater than the margin separating second place from eighth place. Roglic was a disappointing fifth on the day, but he could have finished second and still lost all of his 57-second lead to Pogacar.

Pogacar turns 22 on Monday, but that might not add much to the celebration.

“Sorry,” he said, “but I’m not really a fan of my birthdays.”

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