“I’m a Mama’s Boy”: Michael Phelps Opens Up on the Special Bond With His Mother

Published 09/18/2021, 11:24 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JANUARY 06: Former Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps speaks during a Panasonic press event for CES 2020 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center on January 6, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. CES, the world’s largest annual consumer technology trade show, runs January 7-10 and features about 4,500 exhibitors showing off their latest products and services to more than 170,000 attendees. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images)


Michael Phelps has had an incredibly successful career. After years of hard work and experience, one of the greatest Olympians of all time finished off with 28 medals. The Baltimore Bullet is the best swimmer ever in the sport’s history. Phelps has always spoken about his mother, who was present at almost all his swimming competitions. She was present during Phelps’ record-breaking victory at the Beijing Olympics. Thus, in a recent interview, he revealed the impact she had on his career.

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Michael Phelps shares a unique bond with his mother

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The famous swimmer joined rapper Snoop Dog and actor Kevin Hart for an interview. Snoop asked about how athletes at the Tokyo Olympics would have felt, performing without their families present. Phelps spoke about his special bond with his mother and how her support encouraged her.

“It’s gotta be hard. I’m a mama’s boy. My mom is absolutely everything. I always loved looking up. I always loved looking up and seeing her in the stands. Knowing exactly where she sits, I look up. She knows the hard work and dedication I’ve put in to do what I was doing. So, you know, to take that away from the athletes, I think is extremely challenging.”

“You know, everybody kinda has to go through it and it’s hard and it’s I don’t know how I would be able to handle it,” said Phelps.

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After since she got divorced, Deborah Phelps raised Michael and his two sisters all alone. The legendary swimmer started training in the North Baltimore Aquatic Club and ended up winning eight gold medals at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

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“It’s not about the medals for Michael. … It’s about the sense of accomplishment,” said Debbie about her son, proudly, before he took part in London 2012.

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Phelps is a legend of the sport and has set the benchmark unbelievably high for other athletes. Significantly, his mother has been a part of this successful journey as she nurtured her kid into the GOAT.

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Jacob Gijy

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Jacob Gijy is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Gijy finished his Masters in Counselling Psychology and worked in a hospital for 2 years before his passion for sports compelled him to find his way to sports journalism. A fan of the great Tim Duncan, he is always ready to pick up a debate with anyone who does not offer the centre the respect he deserves.

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