Friends and family weren't even allowed to say the word "snake" in his presence.
Yet in October 2014, when instructed in art therapy to draw a fearful image from his childhood, Phelps drew that moment he could never escape.
As Michael Phelps continues to bring home the gold at the Rio Olympics, he had quite a cheering section.
His family is a mainstay in the poolside bleachers, with two recent additions: his fiancée, Nicole Johnson, and their 3-month-old son, Boomer.
It's his fourth gold of the 2016 Rio Olympics and the fourth straight time that he won this specific event, becoming the first swimmer ever to attain such a feat.The couple was seen closely eyeing some pricey bling in a couple of major jewelry stores — especially major diamond baubles that could only be described as the kind usually slipped on a woman’s left-hand ring finger. (read more)According to some insiders, they'll soon be engaged. Rumor Explodes on Twitter Naturally, the Sun-Times’ article sent Facebook and Twitter into a frenzy. The newspaper also added that people who claim to be close to the couple are “convinced” an engagement is inevitable. Fans were simultaneously mourning and celebrating the news. Many other fans were crushed because they hoped to marry him... He also broke a record that's lasted over two millennia: Along with American rival Ryan Lochte, the two have swept gold in the 200-meter individual medley in each of the last 10 major international events dating back to 2003.Phelps won six while Lochte took four, though none of the latter's came on the Olympic podium.