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5 legendary athletes who have had inspiring love stories

  • Five sporting couples whose love has gone platinum and left the sporting world in awe.
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Modified 20 Dec 2019, 09:07 IST

#2 Michael and Nicole Phelps

Michael and Nicole Phelps

The greatest power of love is that it can pull you out from the deepest dungeons and let you find your sunshine again. Michael Phelps, the most successful Olympian ever, understood that after a tough year in 2014.

Drunken driving and its consequent suspension from the US swimming had cast a dark shadow on the swimmer’s life in 2014, so much so that he did not even wish to live another day. Checking into a rehab facility made him realize he needed the unconditional love of his family and near and dear ones to battle this crisis. 

This was where his long-time girlfriend Nicole Johnson played a crucial role in helping him get back to his feet. The former Miss California, who had been in an on-and-off relationship with the swimming giant since 2007, was able to provide him the tender love and care that he so needed at that time. 

The two got engaged in 2015 and their son, Boomer, was born the next year. Johnson's all-encompassing love and support liberated Phelps from the shackles that were holding him back, and the result was there for everyone to see in Rio. 

Content and in absolute love with life, he was brilliant at the Olympics, thanks to the love and stability his wife gave him.

Published 23 Dec 2016, 13:34 IST
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