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Michael Phelps Picks Up 21st Gold Medal After Ripping His Cap

Michael Phelps splashes the water into the air while celebrating his 21st career gold medal after the Men’s 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay at the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics on Tuesday (August 9) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The 31-year-old legendary swimmer won gold alongside his teammates Ryan Lochte, Conor Dwyer, and Townley Haas.

Michael has now won gold medals in his first three events at the Olympics and he has three more left to go this year.

Right before Michael was going to complete the team’s relay, he tried putting his cap on and it ripped. With seconds to go before he had to swim, Michael ended up wearing Conor‘s cap!


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Michael Phelps Wins 20th Gold Medal, Defeats Chad le Clos

Michael Phelps celebrates another victory after winning the gold medal in the Men’s 200m Butterfly Final during day four of the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics on Tuesday (August 9) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The 31-year-old Team USA swimmer won his 20th gold medal during his Olympic career and he also defeated his rival, South African swimmer Chad le Clos.

Chad famously gave Michael his first international loss in the 200m butterfly in a decade back in 2012.

Before the guys raced in the semi-finals on Monday night, Michael was seen getting his game face on in the ready room while Chad shadowboxed in front of him and even stared him down for a bit!

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Nicole Johnson & Baby Boomer Have Been Supporting Michael Phelps at Olympics Events!

Nicole Johnson sits in the stands with her son Boomer while supporting fiance Michael Phelps during day three of the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics on Monday (August 8) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The 31-year-old former beauty queen has been in attendance at all of Michael‘s events during the games so far alongside his mom Debbie Phelps.

Boomer, the couple’s first child, has been seen wearing patriotic earmuffs to guard his ears from the noise in the stadium.

We can’t wait to see more of the mother-son duo in the stands throughout the games.

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Michael Phelps' Pre-Swim Warmup Playlist Has Eric Church & Eminem Songs

The world has been wondering…what music is Michael Phelps listening to in his pre-swim warmup?

NBC often shows shots of the 31-year-old swimmer before his races at the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics, and he always has headphones on.

The New York Times dug up the answer, and found out that Michael has “a mix of songs from Eminem, Young Jeezy and a more recent addition, Eric Church.”

While the entire playlist hasn’t been revealed, it was noted that Eric Church is one of Michael‘s favorite artists.

Leslie Jones, who has been live tweeting the Olympics, even wondered what Michael could be listening to – watch below!

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Michael Phelps' Super Intense Game Face is Hilarious

Michael Phelps definitely knows how to get in the zone before a race and the Internet is going crazy over the face he was making before the 200-meter butterfly semifinal on Monday (August 8) during the Rio Olympics!

While other athletes were stretching and getting ready for the race, the 31-year-old swimmer was caught sitting still and making a super intense face in the ready room.

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Michael was probably just mentally preparing for the race, but fans are also noting that South African swimmer Chad le Clos was shadowboxing right in front of him.

The pair of swimmers have some history, as Chad beat Michael in a huge upset during the London Olympics.

Despite Michael‘s loss four years ago, he qualified for the finals this time, beating Chad by one second in their heat.

What Are the Red Dots on Olympians? Learn About Cupping!

Something that you might have noticed while watching the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics coverage is that several athletes have large red dots on their bodies.

U.S. stars like Michael Phelps and gymnast Alex Naddour have both been seen during competition with the marks on their bodies and it’s from cupping.

The cupping process uses suction cups that pull the skin away from the muscles for a few minutes to let capillaries just under the skin rupture, which creates the bruise-like marks. Cupping will bring blood to sore areas of the body and make the healing process work faster.

“Because this particular recovery modality shows blemishes on his skin, he walks around and looks like a Dalmation or a really bad tattoo sleeve,” Michael‘s trainer Keenan Robinson told the New York Times. “It’s just another recovery modality. There’s nothing really particularly special about it.”

“I’ve done it before meets, pretty much every meet I go to,” Michael told the paper. “So I asked for a little cupping yesterday because I was sore and the trainer hit me pretty hard and left a couple of bruises.”

See a photo of Michael getting the procedure done below!

A photo posted by Michael Phelps (@m_phelps00) on

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Who is Michael Phelps' Fiancee? Meet Nicole Johnson!

Michael Phelps has a cheering squad at the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics that includes his longtime girlfriend and the mother of his child, Nicole Johnson!

While some may have thought that she is his wife, the couple has not yet gotten married. They did get engaged last year though!

Michael and Nicole have dated on-and-off for over nine years and welcomed their first child together, a son named Boomer, back in May.

Nicole is a model and former beauty queen who received the title of Miss California USA back in 2010. She was also the runner-up for the title in 2007.

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