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Two years and counting to Beijing

Updated: September 7, 2006, 8:30 PM ET
By Amy Rosewater | Special to ESPN.com

Michael Phelps moved from his hometown in Baltimore to follow his lifelong coach and train in Ann Arbor, Mich. But America's most dominant swimmer isn't living on Eastern Time.

Instead, he follows a different clock. A giant digital one on the wall of his new training center reads: "Countdown to Beijing.''

The time between now and the Olympics in Beijing, exactly two years from Tuesday, Aug. 8, is the only time Phelps cares about.

Phelps' coach Bob Bowman, ever the motivator, ...

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