Phelps Talks About Life With Baby Boomer, Meaning Of Son’s Name

The most decorated Olympian of all time, Michael Phelps, can’t help but smile throughout his latest Facebook Live post, where the swimmer describes life with newborn baby Boomer Robert Phelps. Although not making an appearance within the video, Boomer is the main subject of the online conversation, with Phelps describing his time with the baby so far as ‘unbelievable’ and as ‘the best experience of his life’.

Weighing in at 6 lbs, 12 oz and measuring at 19.5 inches long, Boomer arrived 3 weeks early, with Phelps describing his son as having a full head of dark hair and blue eyes (at the moment).

As a possible nod to his son’s swimming future, Phelps said his son’s flexible movements give indications he may be double-jointed, complete with big feet and long fingers. Although, Phelps states that Boomer’s decision to swim will be left entirely up the kiddo himself.

While answering viewers questions, we find out that, yes, the plan is still for his mother, Debbie Phelps, fiancée Nicole Johnson and baby Boomer to attend the Olympics in Rio should Phelps make his 5th Games appearance.

Phelps also addresses how the couple came up with the name Boomer Robert, explaining simply that he and Nicole thought the name ‘Boomer’ was ‘different and cool.’ But, Robert does hold special significance as both the name of Phelps’ long-time coach Bob Bowman, as well as Phelps’ great grandmother whose name was Roberta.

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My daughter is 3 months older than Boomer Bob. I hope I can set them up in about 18 years. She also has long limbs and big hands and feet. I’m calling it now: Trials in 2032, she’ll be 16+ and will be the first female swimmer to break 1:49.5 in the 200m free and 3:51 in the 400 free. I’m going to enjoy going to the Olympics in Santiago, Chile, that year.


I’m sure they’ll meet on the USA team camp before the olympics!


Bet there will be a lot of pressure on Boomer..


They say a happy swimmer is a FAST swimmer, and since I’ve never seen MP happier I hope soon I’ll also be able to say I’ve never seen him faster! 🙂
Congratulations, Michael and Nicole!

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After 16 years at a Fortune 1000 financial company, long-time swimmer Retta Race decided to change lanes and pursue her sporting passion. She currently is Coach for the Northern KY Swordfish Masters, a team she started up in December 2013, while also offering private coaching. Retta is also an MBA …

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