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How Ryan Lochte Finds Positivity In 2020 Olympics Cancellation

Right now, we should be gearing up to watch the Parade of Nations, dissecting what we do and don’t like about the American uniforms and predicting who exactly would be the breakout star of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. 

But COVID-19 had other ideas.

The 2016 games gave us four-time gold medalist Simone Biles and the rest of gymnastic’s final five. Also, swimmers Katie Ledecky and Simone Manuel, superhuman sprinter Usain Bolt and Tonga’s shirtless and well-oiled flag bearer. 

But if we had to name just one person the world couldn’t stop talking about four summers ago, well, we’re kind of partial to Boomer Phelps. The firstborn son of the world’s most decorated Olympian put on a master class in cuteness as he and mom Nicole Phelps watched Dad Michael Phelps compete. And cameras couldn’t stop panning over to his smushy adorableness and oversize noise-canceling headphones. The then-3-month-old—who has an impressive 623,000 followers on Instagram—was suddenly everyone’s favorite celeb, even sitting for an interview on the Today show. 

And while we’re well aware there are far greater casualties of this year’s canceled Games, with so many athletes devoting their entire existence to this once-every-four-years event, we’re not going to lie, we’re already kinda missing 4-year-old Boomer’s tiny mug. 

Because while Phelps has definitely, absolutely, undoubtedly swam his last Olympics’ heat, calling the chance to collect five gold medals and one silver with his bride and their baby watching from the stands “dream come true after dream come true,” he most certainly would have been on hand in Japan. 

“We’ve been having some conversations about potentially going over and doing some work,”

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