Michael Phelps

Swimming in ink: Memorable Sun front pages featuring Michael Phelps at the Olympics

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You don’t become the most decorated Olympian of all time without ubiquitous worldwide press coverage — hardware equals headlines — but we can safely say the ink chronicling hometown hero Michael Phelps in the pages of The Baltimore Sun could fill entire swimming pools. A record 22 Olympic medals, including 18 golds, will do that. Search “Michael Phelps” in The Sun’s print archives and you’ll find more than 1,500 articles mentioning him, a total which isn’t comprehensive for the newspaper and doesn’t include any website or mobile content. Ninety-nine front-page (1A) stories* have at least mentioned Phelps, though he’s obviously been the main subject of many of those. Not bad for a 27-year-old, huh?

As Phelps begins life after competitive swimming, we take a look back at The Sun’s coverage of his Olympic medal-winning races in Athens, Beijing and London, highlighting the print covers and stories.
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Olympic bliss: Romances, bromances and other signs of affection at the London Summer Games

Olympic bliss: Romances, bromances and other signs of affection at the London Summer Games

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Emotions run rampant for competing Olympians and having a strong support system is crucial to their success. Here’s a look at the wives, husbands, girlfriends, boyfriends, coaches, teammates, friends and family who support their athletic superstars and celebrate their victories during this monumental competition.

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Olympic ink: 50 more tattoos on the world’s best athletes

Olympic ink: 50 more tattoos on the world’s best athletes

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In 2012, we’re very lucky to have unparalleled access to images from world events, such as those zipping through the wires from the Summer Olympic Games in London. And with the vast technological advances in digital photography, these images have become increasingly more intimate. This has led to a number of reports pointing out the tattoos adorning the bodies of this year’s athletes. And here’s another one.

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Capturing Olympic motion with creative photo techniques

Capturing Olympic motion with creative photo techniques

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The Darkroom highlights the art of motion by featuring some of the best experimental photography being taken at the 2012 Olympics in London. Weightlifting, canoeing and badminton are a few of the latest sports to be added to the creative series below.

The following gallery highlights the use of multiple exposures, fish-eye lenses and extended exposures in creating artistic sports shots.
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July 24 Photo Brief: Batman shooting memorial, summer Santas, the search for Mona Lisa

July 24 Photo Brief: Batman shooting memorial, summer Santas, the search for Mona Lisa

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A makeshift memorial honors the 12 victims of Friday’s Colorado theater shooting, the annual World Santa Claus Congress visits a zoo in Denmark, intimate apparel from the mid-1400’s go to university and more in today’s daily brief.
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