Michael Phelps says kid will go to Michigan: 'Go Blue'

Michael Phelps will spend his immediate life after swimming at Arizona State.

But he has a different idea for son, Boomer, once he's all grown up.

The 23-time Olympic gold medalist joined Sports Illustrated for a Facebook Live Q&A with fans and was asked whether Boomer, who's 16 weeks old, will become a USC Trojan one day since his mother, Phelps' fiancée and former Miss California USA Nicole Johnson, went to USC.

"Boomer's going to Michigan," Phelps quickly responded, with Boomer on his lap. "Go Blue."

Fresh off winning five more gold medals and a silver at the Rio 2016 Olympics, the 31-year-old Phelps will serve as a volunteer assistant coach at Arizona State in Tempe, just outside Phoenix. Bob Bowman, who trained Phelps at U-M leading up to the Beijing 2008 Olympics, is the ASU swimming coach.

Phelps maintained that he will stay retired this time and is focused on raising young Boomer with Johnson. And it sounds like he's trying to get Boomer swimming already.

"He went under for the first time like a week ago," Phelps said. "He wasn't very happy with us. I had mom (Nicole) do it because I didn't want to get blamed for that. I didn't want him to remember me for dunking him under.

"He loves the water. He really does."

Though Phelps mainly follows Baltimore sports because he's a Baltimore native, he's following Michigan football closely and hopes to make a return visit to Michigan Stadium for a football game this year. (Maybe as an honorary captain?)

"Wolverines this year, hopefully they got it," Phelps said. "It's been a great climb to get back to where they are. Hopefully I can get back for a game this year."

Detroit Free Press


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