Michael Phelps, former Miss California are now engaged

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BALTIMORE — Michael Phelps has taken the plunge and gotten engaged.

The 18-time Olympic gold medalist announced on social media 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 an Instagram photo of the couple, hugging in the snow, taken by teammate Allison Schmitt.

She said yes😁😁😁 @nicole.m.johnson. (Photo credit to @arschmitty )

A post shared by Michael Phelps (@m_phelps00) on

Schmitt herself was very excited, writing later on Instagram, “CAN NOT BE MORE EXCITED FOR THE SOON TO BE MR. AND MRS. PHELPS.”

And Johnson posted her own version of the snow photo, captioning it with, “I’m gonna be a Mrs.”

I'm gonna be a Mrs. 🙊🙈 @m_phelps00 💍❤️ 📷: @arschmitty

A post shared by Nicole Michele Phelps (@mrs.nicolephelps) on

Phelps sister, Hilary, also got in on the social media love. She 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.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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