Michael Phelps hosted a 26-minute long live video chat with his fans on Tuesday from his dorm at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.
Phelps covered a lot of ground in the segment, and while he wouldn’t share much about two subjects of hottest debate, Phelps did negate some options from two key categories:
- What events he will be swimming at the Olympic Trials, and
- What he and his fiancée Nicole will name their first child, a boy, that is due around May 27th.
On topic #1, Phelps affirmed his decision to not swim the 400 IM at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials as part of a general discussion about being smart in which races he chooses. He finished 4th in that race at the 2012 Olympics, but won gold in it at both the Athens (2004) and Beijing (2008) Games.
He’s also the World Record holder in the event by over a second.
As for topic #2, while Phelps mentioned with some coyness that he and Nicole had picked out a name for their soon-to-be-born son, and thought it was pretty special, they weren’t revealing exactly what it was. In response to one question, however, Phelps confirmed that his son wouldn’t be named Michael.
Our current Mr. Phelps is technically Michael Fred Phelps Jr., sharing the name with his father, though he doesn’t use the ‘Jr.” tag publicly.
Phelps also shared that he plans to race at Elite Invitational in early June, shortly after the baby is due. Read more about that meet here.
See Phelps’ full 26-minute chat below.