Michael Phelps has a lot of motivation from fiancé and soon to be wife Nicole Johnson and their son Boomer who was born in May this year.
In 2016 Rio Olympics, Michael Phelps has added more gold medals to his extensive collection. He won gold in Men’s 4x200m freestyle relay, Men’s 200m butterfly and Men’s 4x100m freestyle relay. He extends his lead in the most Olympic gold medal count with 21, which is more than double that of the second highest gold medal holder.
Despite Michael Phelps success, his son managed to upstage him with adorable photos, which show the toddler celebrating his father’s success.
Michael Phelps fiancé is very supportive as Michael Phelps focuses on the Olympics.
Her Instagram shows that Phelps frequently communicates with his son, which may help keep him motivated.
Nicole Johnson is a model and former Miss California beauty queen. She met Michael Phelps in 2009 before winning the pageant contest the following year in 2010. Last year, it was reported that the couple got engaged and they started a family in 2016.
Nicole seems to be more than just a beauty. In 2007, Johnson graduated with honors from the University of Southern California with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication. During her time at the University, she studied sports entertainment and eventually landed a job as a production assistant for the ESPN ESPY Awards.
When he was not winning gold medals, Michael Phelps won the internet with a meme of his face while he was getting in the zone to compete.
In recent interview, Michael Phelps talked about the Rio Olympics. He talks about being inspired by his sisters to become an Olympic athlete. He stated that his goal of becoming a gold winning athlete kept him focus on training over the years.
His first national team trip was to the Olympics. He had to learn all the Olympics etiquette on the fly, such as the dress code and how to represent a country abroad.
In another interview on the Today show with Matt Lauer, Phelps talked about his downward spiral that almost cost him his career and ending up in rehab:
“I think I was at a point in my life where something needed to change. And I needed to figure things out,” Phelps told Lauer.
“I don’t know if it was, like, afraid of just letting go and showing who I am or what it was. And, and I finally was just, like, ‘You know what? Screw this. I’m not, I’m not hiding behind anything anymore. I am who I am. And, and you don’t like it, it’s really not my issue and it’s not my problem.'”
Phelps revealed that there were times in his career where he wasn’t motivated and he would skip training. This led to heated arguments with his longtime coach Bob Bowman.
With a new family with Nicole Johnson and son Boomer, Phelps seems like a new man and talked about being motivated to perform well in the Olympics and his new take on training:
“I want to be here. That’s the difference. I had no desire to go to work out before,” he explained. “I want to retire how I want to retire. And I have a great opportunity to do that. I mean, I haven’t trained like this in a decade.”
Michael Phelps has talked about becoming more approachable and outgoing over the years. Phelps has a foundation in which he helps kids that want to get into swimming. Phelps is likely to continue his Olympic dominance with team America teammates Ryan Lochte and Conor Dwyer.
[Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images]