Michael Phelps takes plunge, gets engaged

FILE - In this Aug. 20, 2014, file photo, U.S. swimmer Michael Phelps laughs during a news conference ahead of the Pan Pacific swimming championships in Gold Coast, Australia. The 18-time Olympic gold medalist on Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015 announced on Twitter he's marrying Nicole Johnson, who was Miss California in 2010 and has dated Phelps on and off the past few years. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft, File)
FILE - In this Aug. 20, 2014, file photo, U.S. swimmer Michael Phelps laughs during a news conference ahead of the Pan Pacific swimming championships in Gold Coast, Australia. The 18-time Olympic gold medalist on Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015 announced on Twitter he's marrying Nicole Johnson, who was Miss California in 2010 and has dated Phelps on and off the past few years. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft, File)

Michael Phelps has taken the plunge and gotten engaged.

The 18-time Olympic gold medalist announced on Twitter he’s marrying Nicole Johnson, who was Miss California in 2010 and has dated Phelps on and off the past few years.

Phelps tweeted early Sunday: “She said yes.” He also posted a photo of the couple, hugging in the snow, taken by teammate Allison Schmitt.

Phelps sister, Hilary, wrote on Facebook, “CONGRATULATIONS to these two lovebirds on their engagement! Couldn’t be happier for my brother and thrilled to gain a sister, who I adore and love already!”

The engagement comes as Phelps is finishing a six-month suspension from USA Swimming for his second drunken-driving arrest. The suspension ends March 6, and Phelps is expected to return to competition at Mesa, Arizona, in April.

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