Ryan Lochte is an American competitive swimmer and Olympic medalist which ranks him second in swimming behind Michael Phelps. Let’s see some amazing facts and trivia about him!
1.His middle name is Steven.
2. His seven individual Olympic medals rank near the top in men’s swimming.
3. As part of the American team, he holds the world record in the 4×200-meter freestyle relay (long course).
4. Individually he currently holds the world record in the 100-meter individual medley, 200-meter individual medley (long and short course), and the 400-meter individual medley (short course).
5. Ryan Lochte’s success has earned him the World Swimmer of the Year Award and the American Swimmer of the Year Award twice.
6. He has also been named the FINA Swimmer of the Year three times. He has won a total of 90 medals in major international competition, 54 gold, 22 silver, and 14 bronze spanning the Olympics, the World, Pan American, and Pan Pacific Championships.
7. Ryan Lochte specializes in the backstroke and individual medley, but is also a freestyle and butterfly swimmer.
8. He is noted for the speed and distance he attains while kicking underwater. Lochte is also known for his dominance in the short course format (25-yard and 25-meter-long swimming pools).
9. Ryan Lochte was born in Rochester, New York.
10. He s the son of Ileana “Ike”and Steven R. Lochte.
11. His mother is Cuban and was born and raised in Havana, while his father is of Dutch, English, and German descent.
12. He has two older sisters, Kristin and Megan, and two younger brothers, Devon and Brandon.
13. During his early childhood, his family lived in Canandaigua, New York, but moved to Florida so his father could coach swimming.
14. Ryan Lochte was taught to swim at the age of five by both of his parents.
15. He was often kicked out of his father’s swimming classes for misbehaving, which often included pulling other children’s legs, blowing bubbles, and hiding at the other end of the pool.
16. Ryan Lochte only began taking swimming seriously when he was in junior high school.
17. Ryan Lochte attended the University of Florida and graduated in 2007, majoring in sport management.
18. As a member of the Florida Gators swimming and diving team, he swam for coach Gregg Troy in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and Southeastern Conference (SEC) competition from 2004 to 2007.
19. At Florida, Lochte was the NCAA Swimmer of the Year twice, a seven-time NCAA champion, a seven-time SEC champion, and a 24-time All-American.
20. At the 2006 NCAA Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships, during his senior year, Lochte won national titles in all three of his individual events, setting U.S. Open and American records in the 200-yard individual medley and 200-yard backstroke.
21. He also broke Tom Dolan’s nearly decade-old NCAA record in the 400-yard individual medley.
22. Ryan Lochte qualified for his first Olympics after finishing second to Michael Phelps in the 200-meter individual medley at the 2004 U.S. Olympic Team Trials.
23. At the 2012 United States Olympic Trials, the qualifying meet for the 2012 Summer Olympics, Lochte qualified for the Olympic team by finishing first in the 200-meter backstroke and 400-meter individual medley, and second in the 200-meter freestyle and 200-meter individual medley.
24. Ryan Lochte also narrowly missed a spot competing in the individual 100-meter butterfly by finishing third.
25. His five medals brought his total to 11 Olympic medals, tied for second among male swimmers with compatriots Mark Spitz and Matt Biondi, behind only Phelps.
26. His seven individual Olympic medals are the second-most in men’s Olympic swimming, surpassing Zoltán Halmay and Mark Spitz, who won six.
27. Ryan Lochte has announced he intends to continue swimming through the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
28. He is also considering exploring new events.
29. Before the 2012 Summer Olympics, Fortune magazine estimated that Lochte earned $2.3 million from endorsement deals with Speedo, Mutual of Omaha, Gillette, Gatorade, Procter and Gamble, Ralph Lauren, Nissan, and AT&T.
30. Ryan Lochte has also appeared in commercials for the Nissan Altima and been featured on the covers of Vogue, Time, Men’s Health, and Men’s Journal.
31. National Public Radio named Lochte as their “platonic ideal of bro-dom”.
32. Ryan Comedian and talk show host Seth MacFarlane parodied Lochte in the 2012 season premiere of Saturday Night Live, after which Lochte said he would be open to doing a cameo appearance on the show.
33. Ryan Lochte appeared as an exaggerated version of himself in the 30 Rock episode “Stride of Pride,” which aired October 18, 2012.
34. He also had a guest appearance on 90210 in late 2012.
35. He also showed interest in being a participant on Dancing with the Stars and finally he will be participating in the next season.
36. What Would Ryan Lochte Do? began airing April 21, 2013 on E! and was cancelled after only one season, five weeks later.
37. Ryan Lochte’s public persona and character have inspired a series of unflattering internet memes.
38. On the morning of August 14, 2016, Lochte and Jimmy Feigen claimed that they and teammates Gunnar Bentz ,nd Jack Conger were robbed in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, during the 2016 Summer Olympics after men allegedly forced them out of their taxi at gunpoint in the early morning hour
39. The next day, Lochte claimed in an interview with Billy Bush on the Today Show that the men who stopped their taxi had a police badge.
40. The other swimmers claimed they were removed from the taxi by armed security men, who commanded them at gunpoint to sit on the sidewalk, and demanded payment for alleged vandalism.
41. After surveillance video emerged that confirmed the swimmers’ previous stories, Lochte stated in an interview with Matt Lauer on NBC saying that he had been drunk and that he “over-exaggerated that story” as a gun was pointed in his direction but at eye level when he sat on the pavement.
42. Rio Police Chief Veloso later confirmed security officers at the gas station did use guns to control the situation.
43. On August 25, the Civil Police of Rio de Janeiro, enjoined the swimmer so he returns to Brazil and provide new evidence to Justice. The survey, which was completed and should be reported to the Public Prosecutor’s Office seeks an order Lochte for false reporting of crime.
44. If he refuses to return to Brazil, will be tried in absentia, ie no chance to defend himself. The Brazilian Justice will issue a letter of request, through international cooperation measure. However, it will not be allowed the swimmer to testify in the United States.
45. Despite rumors in the Australian press linking Lochte with Australian swimmer Blair Evans, Ryan Lochte’s mother, Ileana, confirmed to Us Weekly in a July 28, 2012, interview that her son was “too busy” to be in a relationship and stated that it “wouldn’t be fair to the girl.