"In Beijing, when my goggles filled with water, I didn't panic," Phelps says. I knew how many strokes it takes me to get up and down the pool, so I started counting my strokes.“Everything I've done, I've been able to learn from - mistakes I've made in the pool, mistakes I've made out of the pool. They haven't always been good times but I've learned from them.”Born on June 30, 1985, in Baltimore, Maryland, Michael Phelps competed in his first Olympics at the age of 15, as part of the U. Phelps announced his retirement in 2012, however, in April 2014, he announced he was coming out of retirement and would return to professional competition at the age of 28. At the 2016 Olympic Games, he won one silver and five gold medals, becoming the oldest individual gold medalist in Olympic swimming history, as well as the first swimmer to win four consecutive golds in the same event, the 200-meter individual medley.Back in November, we were the first to tell you about Phelps and Taylor Liane Chandler.Chandler - a middle-aged woman who was born a man - was allegedly with Phelps the night he was arrested for DUI.His wife, Nicole Johnson, 31, was given a cup with "Wife of GOAT," while the third cup has "Friend of GOAT" written on it.The 31-year-old, who announced his retirement after competing in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro last August, has been spending his post-competition days enjoying quality time with his 10-month-old son, Boomer.Michael Phelps has enough gold medals to last a lifetime, and he scored the real golden ticket in fiancée Nicole Johnson.
Michael Fred Phelps was born on June 30, 1985 in Baltimore, Maryland, to Fred and Debbie Phelps.The swimming champ — who has won more medals than any other Olympic athlete in history — shared a photo on Instagram of three coffee cups.Phelps' cup had the words "The GOAT" inscribed on it — that's short for Greatest of All Time.When Phelps's parents divorced in 1994, he and his siblings live with their mother, with whom Michael grew very close. Olympic team in 1996, at the age of 15, but injuries derailed her career.Phelps began swimming when his two older sisters, Whitney (born in 1978) and Hilary (born in 1980), joined a local swim team. At age 7, Phelps was still "a little scared" to put his head under water, so his instructors allowed him to float around on his back.