The Greatest Olympic Sportsman, Michael Phelps’ Warms Up With Eminem Songs



Michael Phelps, headphones in, was listening to music on his smartphone to pump himself up for a race at the United States Olympic trials when he felt the phone vibrate in his hoodie pocket. Phelps has faced plenty of distractions in his 16 years as an Olympic swimmer, but nothing like this.

Phelps’s 2-month-old son, Boomer, was in the stands to take in his first Olympic trials, and Phelps’s fiancée, Nicole Johnson, was sending him photographs to commemorate the occasion. She had forgotten that Phelps’s phone held his prerace playlist, a mix of songs from Eminem, Young Jeezy and a more recent addition, Eric Church.