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Golden Goggles Awards

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - NOVEMBER 22: Swimmer Michael Phelps poses with mom Debbie and sister Hilary during the 2009 USA Swimming Foundation Golden Goggles Awards on November 22, 2009 at the Beverly Hills Hilton in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images) 1 *** Local Caption *** Hilary Phelps;Debbie Phelps;Michael Phelps

The ladies in Olympic legend Michael Phelps' life

: USA swimming sensation Michael Phelps is now the most decorated Olympian of all time. Phelps has always acknowledged and emphasised the importance of his mother Debbie and his sisters Whitney and Hillary. Phelps began swimming at the age of seven, partly because of the influence of his sisters and partly to provide him with an outlet for his energy.