Michael Fred Phelps II is an American former competitive swimmer and the most successful and most decorated Olympian of all time, with a total of 28 medals. Phelps holds the all-time records for Olympic gold medals, Olympic gold medals in individual events, Olympic medals in individual events; when he won eight gold medals at the 2008 Beijing Games, Phelps broke fellow American swimmer Mark Spitz's 1972 record of seven first-place finishes at any single Olympic Games. At the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Phelps had tied the record of eight medals of any color at a single Games by winning six gold and two bronze medals. At the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Phelps won four gold and two silver medals, at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, he won five gold medals and one silver; this made him the most successful athlete of the Games for the fourth Olympics in a row. Phelps is the long course world record holder in the men's 400-meter individual medley as well as the former long course world record holder in the 200-meter freestyle, 100-meter butterfly, 200-meter butterfly, 200-meter individual medley.
He has won 82 medals in major international long course competitions, of which 65 were gold, 14 silver, three bronze, spanning the Olympics, the World Championships, the Pan Pacific Championships. Phelps's international titles and record-breaking performances have earned him the World Swimmer of the Year Award eight times and American Swimmer of the Year Award eleven times, as well as the FINA Swimmer of the Year Award in 2012 and 2016. Phelps earned Sports Illustrated magazine's Sportsman of the Year award due to his unprecedented Olympic success in the 2008 Games. After the 2008 Summer Olympics, Phelps started the Michael Phelps Foundation, which focuses on growing the sport of swimming and promoting healthier lifestyles. Phelps retired following the 2012 Olympics, but he made a comeback in April 2014. At the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, his fifth Olympics, he was selected by his team to be the flag bearer of the United States at the 2016 Summer Olympics Parade of Nations, he announced his second retirement on August 2016, having won more medals than 161 countries.
He is considered the greatest swimmer of all time. Phelps was born in Baltimore and raised in the Rodgers Forge neighborhood of nearby Towson, he attended Rodgers Forge Elementary, Dumbarton Middle School, Towson High School. Phelps is the youngest of three children, his mother, Deborah Sue "Debbie" Phelps, is a middle school principal. His father, Michael Fred Phelps, is a retired Maryland State Trooper who played football in high school and college and tried out for the Washington Redskins in the 1970s. Phelps is of English, Irish and Welsh descent, his parents divorced in 1994, when he was nine years old, his father remarried in 2000. Phelps revealed that the divorce had a severe negative impact on him and his siblings, his relationship with his father was distant for a few years after the divorce, he graduated from Towson High School in 2003. Phelps began swimming at the age of seven because of the influence of his sisters and to provide him with an outlet for his energy. After retirement in 2016, he stated "The only reason I got in the water was my mom wanted me to just learn how to swim.
My sisters and myself fell in love with the sport, we decided to swim." When Phelps was in the sixth grade, he was diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. By the age of 10, he held a national record for his age group and began to train at the North Baltimore Aquatic Club under coach Bob Bowman. More age group records followed, as of August 21, 2018, Phelps still held 11 age group records, eight in long course, three in short course Phelps' rapid improvement culminated when he qualified for the 2000 Summer Olympics at the age of 15, as he became the youngest male to make a U. S. Olympic swim team in 68 years. While he did not win a medal, he finished fifth in the 200-meter butterfly. At the World Championship Trials for the 2001 World Aquatics Championships, on March 30, Phelps broke the world record in the 200-meter butterfly to become, at 15 years and 9 months, the youngest male to set a world record in swimming; the youngest male had been Ian Thorpe, who captured the 400-meter freestyle world record at 16 years, 10 months.
At the World Championships in Fukuoka, Phelps broke his own world record in the 200-meter butterfly while en route to become a world champion for the first time. At Nationals, the selection meet for the 2002 Pan Pacific Swimming Championships, in Fort Lauderdale, Phelps set an American record in the 200-meter individual medley and was just off the world record in the 200-meter butterfly. In the 400-meter individual medley, Phelps bettered the world record held by Tom Dolan with a time of 4:11.09, just ahead of Erik Vendt, who finished second with a time of 4:11.27 below the old world record. In the 200-meter freestyle, Phelps was beaten by Klete Keller and in the 100-meter butterfly, Phelps beat Ian Crocker. At the 2002 Pan Pacific Swimming Championships in Yokohama, Phelps won three gold medals and two silvers. In his first event, the 400-meter individual medley, Phelps won gold ahead of Erik Vendt with a time of 4:12.48. In the 200-meter butterfly, Phelps lost to Tom Malchow, finishing behind him 1:55.41 to 1:55.21.
Phelps said he lost because he did not take butterfly training after he broke the world record. In the 200-meter individual medley, Phelps won with a time of 1:59.70. In the 4×200-meter freestyle relay, along with Nate Dusing, Klete Keller, an
Alberto Adulai Seidi is a Guinea-Bissau-born Portuguese footballer, a free agent after leaving North Ferriby United. He started his career at Premier League club Southampton, he plays as a winger but is comfortable playing as a centre forward. Alberto Seidi was a member of the Guinea-Bissau Academy in his home country, before joining English club Southampton as a youth player, he made his debut for the Southampton Under-21s in the Under-21 Premier League in the 2012–13 season, coming on as an 83rd-minute substitute for Jake Sinclair in the second game of the season against the Newcastle United Under-21s on 14 September 2012. On 10 November 2012, Seidi was signed by local League Two club Aldershot Town from Southampton on a month-long loan deal, he made his debut for the club on the same day, in a 2–0 league loss against Bradford City, coming on as a substitute for midfielder Scott Donnelly in the 60th minute. On 4 June 2013, he was released by Southampton due to Seidi not being the player he used to be before his serious injury.
After being released by Southampton, Seidi joined Oliveirense who play in the LigaPro, the second tier in Portugal. In the 2013/14 season Seidi played 9 scored 3 goals. For the 2014/15 season Seidi signed for Espinho who play in the Campeonato de Portugal, the third tier in Portugal, he scored 1 goal. For the 2015/16 season Seidi signed for Sport Clube União Torreense who play in the Campeonato de Portugal, he played scoring 1 goal. Half way through the season Seidi joined Futebol Clube Cesarense, he played 7 games for them. For the 2016/17 season Alberto Seidi stayed in the Campeonato de Portugal but joined Lusitano Futebol Clube where he went on to play 10 games and scoring 3 goals. In January 2017 Seidi left Portugal to go play football in Albania where it was rumoured he would play for the most successful club in Albania, KF Tirana. However, when he arrived in Albania he found out he was lied to because instead of signing for KF Tirana in the Superliga he ended up signing for KS Besëlidhja Lezhë in the Albanian First Division.
After all this controversy Seidi ended up playing 3 matches and scoring 1 goal for KS Besëlidhja Lezhë before getting injured. He left the club by mutual consent and returned to England for treatment. In may 2017 Seidi turned down a contract from Flamurtari Vlorë in the Superliga as he did not want to play in Albania. In June 2017 he joined North Ferriby United after a successful trial at the club. Only being at the club for a short period of time he became the fans favourite, he played 10 games in the National League without scoring a goal. He left the club in November 2017. Seidi has been capped twice for the Portugal under-20 team, both in friendlies against the Slovakia under-21s, on 10 and 12 November 2012. In October 2012 he was called up for the first time by the Portugal under-21s, for a warm-up match against the Ukraine under-21 team; as of 7 September 2015. Alberto Seidi at Soccerbase
Vici Properties is a real estate investment trust specializing in casino properties, based in New York City. It was formed in 2017 as a spin-off from Caesars Entertainment Corporation, it owns 27 casinos and racetracks and 4 golf courses throughout the United States. Vici Properties was formed as part of the Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization of Caesars Entertainment Operating Company, the largest division of Caesars Entertainment. After placing CEOC into bankruptcy in January 2015, Caesars proposed splitting CEOC into two companies: a REIT, which would own the company's casinos, an operating company, which would manage them; the plan was designed to maximize value for CEOC's creditors by taking advantage of favorable tax treatment for REITs. Several members of Congress opposed the plan, they asked the Internal Revenue Service to deny tax-free status to the spin-off, but their protest went unheeded. The spin-off of Vici to CEOC's creditors was completed on October 6, 2017, the day that CEOC emerged from bankruptcy.
Vici began with a portfolio of nineteen casinos and racetracks, all leased to Caesars at a total initial annual rent of $630 million, four golf courses. The company's name was adopted from the phrase "Veni, vici," attributed to Julius Caesar. Vici acquired Harrah's Las Vegas from Caesars in December 2017 for $1.1 billion, leased it back at an initial annual rent of $87.4 million. MGM Growth Properties, a REIT affiliated with Caesars competitor MGM Resorts International, offered in January 2018 to acquire Vici for an estimated $5.9 billion. Vici's board rejected the offer. Vici completed its IPO on the New York Stock Exchange in February 2018; the company moved its headquarters to New York City from the Las Vegas area in mid-2018. Vici completed two transactions with Caesars in 2018, purchasing the Octavius Tower at Caesars Palace for $508 million and Harrah's Philadelphia for $242 million, leasing them back to Caesars for $35 million and $21 million per year, respectively. In 2019, Vici made two purchases in conjunction with Penn National Gaming.
Vici bought the real estate of the Margaritaville Resort Casino in Louisiana and Greektown Casino–Hotel in Detroit for $261 million and $700 million while Penn bought both properties' operating businesses and leased them from Vici for annual rent of $23 million and $56 million, respectively. Vici bought a second casino from Greektown seller Jack Entertainment, Jack Cincinnati Casino, in September 2019, paying $558 million for the real estate. In December 2019, Vici bought three casinos in Missouri and West Virginia from Eldorado Resorts in conjunction with Century Casinos: Isle Casino Cape Girardeau, Lady Luck Casino Caruthersville, Mountaineer Casino and Resort. Vici paid $278 million for the real estate assets, leased them to Century for $25 million per year; the company that year to buy two more properties from Jack Entertainment, Jack Cleveland Casino and Jack Thistledown Racino, for a total of $843 million, to lease them back for $66 million per year. The company owns the following casinos and racetracks.
All of them are leased to Caesars Entertainment, except as noted: Bally's Atlantic City – Atlantic City, New Jersey Bluegrass Downs – Paducah, Kentucky Caesars Atlantic City – Atlantic City, New Jersey Caesars Palace – Paradise, Nevada Greektown Casino–Hotel — Detroit, Michigan Harrah's Council Bluffs – Council Bluffs, Iowa Harrah's Gulf Coast – Biloxi, Mississippi Harrah's Joliet – Joliet, Illinois Harrah's Lake Tahoe – Stateline, Nevada Harrah's Las Vegas – Paradise, Nevada Harrah's Louisiana Downs – Bossier City, Louisiana Harrah's Metropolis – Metropolis, Illinois Harrah's North Kansas City – North Kansas City, Missouri Harrah's Philadelphia – Chester, Pennsylvania Harrah's Reno – Reno, Nevada Harveys Lake Tahoe – Stateline, Nevada Horseshoe Bossier City – Bossier City, Louisiana Horseshoe Council Bluffs – Council Bluffs, Iowa Horseshoe Hammond – Hammond, Indiana Horseshoe Southern Indiana – Elizabeth, Indiana Horseshoe Tunica – Robinsonville, Mississippi Isle Casino Cape Girardeau – Cape Girardeau, Missouri Jack Cincinnati Casino — Cincinnati, Ohio Lady Luck Casino Caruthersville – Caruthersville, Missouri Margaritaville Resort Casino – Bossier City, Louisiana Mountaineer Casino and Resort – New Cumberland, West Virginia Tunica Roadhouse – Robinsonville, Mississippi The company owns and operates four golf courses: Cascata – Boulder City, Nevada Chariot Run – Laconia, Indiana Grand Bear – Saucier, Mississippi Rio Secco – Henderson, Nevada Official website Business data for Vici Properties