Olympics swimming star Michael Phelps gets engaged

Sun Feb 22, 2015 10:01pm EST
 
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. swimming star Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time, on Sunday announced his engagement to Nicole Johnson, a former Miss California USA.

"She said yes!!!!" Phelps, 29, posted on his Facebook page, along with a picture of him and Johnson playing in the snow.

Phelps' former Olympic teammate Allison Schmitt snapped the photo of Johnson and Phelps. A second picture Schmitt posted to her own Instagram account showed a beaming Johnson, 29, with a ring.

Phelps, a Maryland native, won 22 Olympic medals, 18 of them golds. He is eyeing a spot on the 2016 Olympic team.

USA Swimming suspended him for six months following his September arrest in Maryland for drunken driving, and he pleaded guilty in December. Phelps also pleaded guilty in 2004 to driving under the influence of alcohol.

(Reporting by Ian Simpson; Editing by Tom Brown)

 
Michael Phelps reacts after placing second in the 200m individual medley in 1:56.55 in the 2014 USA National Championships at William Woollett Jr. Aquatics Complex. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports