Is That a New Ring on Michael Phelps's Fiancée Nicole Johnson's Finger?

The swimmer's medal wasn't the only gold we spotted at the Rio Olympics…

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Michael Phelps and Nicole Johnson with their baby, Boomer

Last night, Michael Phelps' fans watched the swimmer earn his 19th gold medal in the 4x100-meter freestyle relay, including his two biggest fans: his fiancée, Nicole Johnson, and their three-month-old son, baby Boomer Phelps. But ever since the Olympian's longtime love posted an Instagram photo holding her custom Olympics-themed shoes (and matching nails), we've had our eye on another bit of gold—that ring on her finger!


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The gold band is different from the diamond engagement ring we've seen her sport in the past, which had us doing a double-take.



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It turns out, despite its resemblance to a wedding band, the new piece of bling is nothing more than a replacement ring for the big event. Johnson hashtagged the photo "#nodiamondsinrio" and "#replacementring."


The two most adorable fans ever have been gearing up for the games for weeks, with Johnson posting a few sweet snaps on Instagram: of Boomer in an Olympic onesie …


And snuggled up in an USA Team blanket …



This little man kicks butt when it comes to flying! He just sleeps and sleeps and eats and sleeps @m_phelps00

A photo posted by Nicole Michele Johnson (@nicole.m.johnson) on

And finally, Facetiming with dear old Dad about his gold medal.


He needed filled in because he fell asleep during the actual awards ceremony. "The moment when I got to see my amazing family in the stands," Phelps posed on Instagram. "@boomerrphelps was sound Asleep.... Haha!! Love you guys so much and thank you for all of your support!!!"


Phelps and Johnson got engaged in February 2015, and Boomer was born in May 2016.


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