Our Story

Michael Phelps and Bob Bowman have arguably more experience training and competing at the highest levels of elite swimming than any other people on the planet. For years they felt the swim gear available to competitive swimmers was lacking – compression suits lacked flexibility, goggles hindered peripheral vision, swim caps didn’t stay in place. When they decided they wanted to bring their expertise to the marketplace, they partnered with Aqua Sphere, the premier swimming equipment manufacturer for fitness swimming and triathlons, and the MP brand was born.

Michael Phelps

Michael Phelps is the most decorated Olympian of all time, having won 28 career medals, including 23 gold. He competed in his first Olympic games in Sydney when he was just 15-years-old and after competing in his 5th Olympics at the August 2016 Rio de Janerio Games, he retired from professional swimming. Over the course of his competitive career, Michael shattered many World Records and won numerous gold medals at FINA World Championships. Michael is passionate about growing the sport of swimming. In 2008, Michael launched the Michael Phelps Foundation, a nonprofit organization focused on growing the sport of swimming and promoting healthy and active lives, especially for children. The Foundation, in partnership with KidsHealth and Michael Phelps Swimming, developed and launched the im program which has reached over 15,000 Boys & Girls Club members and Special Olympics athletes with life-saving water-safety lessons.

Bob Bowman

Bob Bowman, the long time coach of Michael Phelps, is the head men’s swimming coach for the 2016 U.S. Olympic team, and the current head coach of the Arizona State University Sun Devils’ swim team. A 2010 inductee into the American Swimming Coaches Association (ASCA) Hall of Fame, Bob is a five-time ASCA Coach of the Year, making him the most-honored coach in the 40-plus years of the award. He has earned USA Swimming Coach of the Year honors six times, the USA Swimming Foundation’s Golden Goggle Award four times, and was the 2002 USA Swimming Developmental Coach of the Year.

August 2014
Partnership formed between Michael, Bob & Aqua Sphere
Research & Development begins with Michael & Bob to create the perfect competition kit
February 2015
Global launch of MP brand
April 2015
First product—
the perfect balance of compression and flexibility, the XPRESSO race suit launches in US & Europe
Michael wears the XPRESSO at Mesa Pro Swim Series
April 2015
Training is key—
launch of our first training product: the Focus Snorkel
August 2015
Our women’s XPRESSO launches globally
August 2015
Congratulations! Michael swims the fastest in 2015... and ever in 100 fly, 200 IM under Fina-approved textile suit guidelines
September 2015
Bring on the heat! Michael & Bob move to the Phoenix, to train and coach the Arizona State University swim team
September 2015
Bob is named 2016 Rio Olympics Swimming Head Coach for the Men's US Team
October 2015
The MP brand goes down under - our launch in Australia
January 2016
Unbeatable vision hits the market: the Italian-made XCEED goggle launched around the world
February 2016
Our first line of training swimsuits launches. Styles named in honor of Michael's home town of Baltimore, Maryland
April 2016
The USA competitive kit is unveiled; proud to show the stars & stripes
August 2016
Our Olympics debut!
January 2017
The Arizona Collection of Training Suits launched
March 2017
MP Team Suits launch - Join the MP Team!
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