Swimming legend Michael Phelps wants his son to follow his legacy but not in the pool

Swimming’s GOAT, Michael Phelps, is one of the legendary swimmers in the history of the sport. The Baltimore Bullet also holds many Olympic records to its name. Combined, Phelps has 23 Olympic gold medals, 13 Olympic gold medals in individual events and 16 Olympic medals in individual events.

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Despite all the fame and reputation, Phelps doesn’t want his son Boomer to follow his swimming legacy. However, like him, Phelps wants his son to study at the University of Michigan in the future.

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Michael Phelps would send his son to the University of Michigan but not to the Olympics

In 2016, during a fan interaction hosted by Sports Illustrated, Phelps admitted that his son, Boomer, would be a student at Michigan in the future. When a fan asked Phelps the question, he quickly replied, “Boomer is going to Michigan. Go blue.” Phelps’ wife, Nicole Johnson, is also a University of Michigan alumnus.

September 18, 2000: Michael Phelps of the United States in action during the Men’s 200m Butterfly Heats at the Sydney International Aquatics Center on day three of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia. Mandatory Credit: Ross Kinnaird/Allsport (Getty)

Likewise, once, when Phelps was asked if he would like his children to follow his swimming legacy. Phelps didn’t take the time to call it a no. The legendary swimmer didn’t want his children to follow in his footsteps. Being a recognized athlete and Olympian has its pros and cons.

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Therefore, Phelps explained, “I know the ins and outs, the good, the bad and the ugly. So, you know, as a parent, it just scares me. Nevertheless, if he is not a swimmer, Boomer will be a Michigan alumnus like his father.

Phelps and the University of Michigan

In his early days in swimming, Phelps trained with head coach Bob Bowman. When Bowman became the head coach of the University of Michigan, Phelps also enrolled there and continued his training.

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In Michigan, Phelps began studying sports marketing and management, but did not earn a formal degree. Unfortunately, Phelps never competed for college as he was already a professional swimmer at that time. However, it’s clear that Phelps loved his time in Michigan. And therefore, wants his son Boomer to receive his education there.

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