Michael Phelps and his fiancée Nicole Johnson welcomed their son Boomer Robert last Thursday and introduced him to the world in an Instagram post on Saturday. In his latest Facebook Live chat with his followers, Phelps explained how they came to choose the name.
Boomer was chosen as they wanted “something different and something cool.” Robert was Phelps’ way of honoring his coach Bob Bowman and his grandmother, Roberta. Bowman has coached Phelps since he was 11 years old.
Phelps also said that they have a few nicknames for him that they will share later on.
Phelps initially retired after the 2012 Olympics but made his return in 2014. He hopes to add to his collection of 18 gold, two silver and two bronze medals. The 2016 Olympics will be Phelps’s fifth Olympic team.
Watch Phelps' Facebook live session below. He describes the name at the four-minute mark:
Phelps also shared a sneak peek at Boomer Robert’s first swimsuit.
Last week, pulled out of the Atlanta Classic as he wants to be closer to Johnson as they awaited the birth of his first child. Phelps will compete in a meet in Austin, Texas before the U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials.