Nicole Johnson told Cosmo the one thing that might get Phelps to return for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo would be his son. Boomer Phelps is almost four months old and won’t remember all the air time he got in Rio. He will have never seen his dad compete and maybe he’ll convince his pops to give it one more run.
Here’s what Johnson had to say:
“I look at it a few different ways. I don’t see him coming back because he went out exactly how he wanted to go out, and he’s happy, and he did what he wanted to do. He wasn’t forced into it. From that standpoint, I don’t see him going back.
“Then again, you never know. Maybe he misses it so much and maybe Boomer convinces him that he has to go back so Boomer can remember it,”
Longtime friend and teammate Ryan Lochte has already weighed in on the situation, guaranteeing that Phelps would be in Tokyo.
Frankly, I am leaning towards believing Phelps will give it one more run as well, even if he attempts a severely limited program. He has won the 200-meter individual medley at four straight Olympics, and no one in any sport has won an Olympic event five times. The chance to make history might be enough to bring out the competitor in Phelps. Then again, his son pushing him back into the pool would almost certainly be a more powerful draw.