Nice finish: Michael Phelps weds Nicole Johnson in secret before Rio Games
PHOENIX — It looks like Michael Phelps ended his Olympic career as a married man.
TMZ reported Wednesday that the record-setting swimmer wed Nicole Johnson in a secret ceremony June 13 in the Phoenix suburb of Paradise Valley, well ahead of the Summer Olympic Games.
The entertainment gossip site said the marriage as officiated by Peter Carlisle, who also works as Phelps’ agent.
Johnson posted a photo on Instagram the same day the possible wedding took place.
TMZ said Phelps denied being married last week during a Facebook Live broadcast.
Johnson and Phelps were engaged in February 2015 and had a baby, Boomer, in May.
In August, Johnson told Access Hollywood that the couple planned to wed in a small ceremony before throwing a party.
“We have a date,” she said. “It’ll be small and intimate for the wedding, then we’re throwing a massive bash for everyone in the States. We’re getting things rolling. I’ve been planning. I think I have the wedding in order and now I’m on to the party.”
Phelps enjoyed another successful trip to the Olympics in August. He won five gold medals — bringing his career total to 23 golds — and set an Olympic record in the process for the number of all-time gold medals won.