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Swimmer Michael Phelps has set the record for winning the most medals, 22, of any Olympic athlete in history.
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In addition to his successful swim career, Phelps has written two books. His second book, No Limits: The Will to Succeed, hit bookstores on December 9, 2008. Phelps also co-founded the nonprofit organization Swim with the Stars, which holds camps for swimmers of all ages.
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