So many feels for the Phelps fam! Olympian Michael Phelps — who collected his 21st Olympic gold medal and 25th overall on Tuesday, August 9 — scrambled to celebrate his monumental victory with his fiancee, Nicole Johnson, their baby son, Boomer Phelps, and his mother, Debbie Phelps.
After beating his rival Chad le Clos in the 200-meter butterfly, the 31-year-old swimming champion rushed out of the pool to greet his biggest supporters in the stands. While the adult members of the family appeared to be overcome with emotion, baby Boomer was slightly more calm as he congratulated his father in the breathtaking moment.
Phelps immediately embraced his baby boy and planted kisses on Boomer, who was dressed adorably in a red, white and blue onesie, and of course, his matching noise-cancellation headphones.
Meanwhile, Johnson cried tears of joy alongside her future mother-in-law. Debbie Phelps leaned down to cup her son’s face as she wept as her son secured his third gold medal at the 2016 Olympics.
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This isn’t the first time baby Boomer has captivated viewers in Rio de Janeiro. Earlier this week on Monday, August 8, the little tot showed up to watch his dad compete with this headphones in tow.
Prior to Rio, Debbie opened up about her son’s accomplishments — and how he’s evolved through the years — to Baltimore’s local NBC affiliate WBAL.
The proud mother credited her son’s fiancee and son for helping the swim champ find stability and focus once again. “They’ve adjusted themselves so well,” Debbie said of Nicole and Boomer. “They talk together every night their conversation, and I just think they have a very special, loving bond between the three of them.”
She also shared what it’s like to now be in the cheering section with Nicole and Boomer. “You could say — maybe it’s like changing of the positions. I don’t know, but I will always be the mom in the stands,” Debbie reflected. “I’m hoping Boomer is smiling. She and I will probably be crying, and I will just thank God for everything.”