With the Olympics in Rio, it seems like the athletes were our cup of entertainment as opposed to the usual celebrities we talk about. From Simone Biles to Michael Phelps, everyone couldn’t get enough of all the hype surrounding these elite competitors.
However, just like in the world of entertainment, the sports world got their dose of drama and gossip with the whole scandal that was started by Olympic swimmer, Ryan Lochte. It all began when the 32-year-old told the press that he, along with other U.S. swim team players, had been robbed at gunpoint, shocking everyone and scaring the city of Brazil. It wasn’t too long after though the truth came out about the guys’ big party night.
Lochte first claimed that he and three other teammates were held at gunpoint after their taxi pulled over which took place after a swimming competition. Eventually, the cameras got them and the tables were turned. Video surveillance showed the players having a confrontation with security guards after they were caught for vandalism for kicking a door at a gas station and causing damage. The story broke and the world was even more in shock about the athlete lying about how the events took place.
Nonetheless, Lochte has become one of the most recent talked about public figures and it has sparked more details about the U.S. swimmer. Of course, social media has jumped on the bandwagon creating memes such as how he gives Americans a bad look.
With that being said, let’s see some of the things you might not know about the troubled athlete at the moment.
15. Ryan Didn’t Always Like Swimming
Way back, Ryan used to train with his father but he wasn’t as into it as he is now. His father, who was his instructor then, said he wouldn’t take his swimming lessons seriously and would waste time during classes. “I would send him to go shower when he was messing around,” his father said. “He spent more time in the showers than he did in the pool.” But he suddenly realized that he was tired of losing and decided to take it more seriously. “I suddenly said, ‘I’m sick of losing.’ After that I trained hard and I never lost there again,” the 32-year-old said. Along with his own motivation, it was also his mother who had an impact on his swimming turnaround. “If it wasn’t for my mom, I don’t know where I’d be,” he said. “If she had a tighter leash on me, I think I’d hate swimming.”
14. He’s Given Back
Although he comes off as this careless athlete who just loves to party the night away and isn’t ready to grow up, he has taken advantage of his platform and given back to a number of charities. Some of these charities include the National Parkinson Foundation, the Mac Crutchfield Fund, and the Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy, which is close to home to the swimmer after losing a family member to the disease. He also joined Speedo for its Art of the Cap charity campaign. However, due to the recent Rio incident with the police, the swimwear manufacturer announced that they would cut the relationship with Lochte, stating that his misbehavior was “counter to the values this brand has long stood for.”
The rest of the statement read, “As part of this decision, Speedo USA will donate a $50,000 portion of Lochte’s fee to Save the Children, a global charity partner of Speedo USA’s parent company, for children in Brazil.” It continued with, “While we have enjoyed a winning relationship with Ryan for over a decade and he has been an important member of the Speedo team, we cannot condone behavior that is counter to the values this brand has long stood for. We appreciate his many achievements and hope he moves forward and learns from his experience.” Along with Speedo, his relationship with Ralph Lauren, Airweave and Syneron-Candela were also cut off.
13. His Own Workout Series
As a gold medalist, it only made sense for Ryan to share what he does to get in such good shape. So he partnered up with his long-time trainer and Director of Strength and Conditioning for University of Florida, Matt DeLancy, and established Lochte Hardcore, a core workout series. The Olympic swimmer and trainer have opened up about their training regime and believed it would be a good idea to help his fans who also want a tough-looking physique. After Michael Phelps dominated the Olympics in Beijing in 2008, Lochte thought it was time for a change in his routine. Besides his swimming training, he dedicated time to do the grueling workouts by DeLancy to expect better results. “He wanted to get stronger. He wanted a mental edge over competitors, which is why we did the Strongman training.” DeLancy said. The two have been working together and eventually came out with an exercise regime that everyone can try to follow. The key word is “try.”
12. He Tries To Be Better To His Fans Unlike His Idol
Yes he tries his best to be a good idol to all his fans but from what we know his ego is stronger and takes over most of the time. Regardless, he said he does his best to accommodate his fans after a bad experience with one of his idols. When was only ten years old, the U.S. swimmer was rejected after asking for an autograph from his swimming idol back then. We’re assuming it was Pablo Morales after he said that was his idol for winning the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games. That experience lead him to pursue being good to his fans by doing the opposite of what he went through. Maybe he is good to his fans in person but from what we’ve seen, it doesn’t seem like people are too fond of him. It wouldn’t be a surprise if we found out he not only lost a few endorsement deals but also some of his most loyal fans after this year’s Olympics.
11. Ryan is All of Us When It Comes To Fast Food
We’re guessing with a tough workout, Lochte is free to eat whatever he pleases. However, that’s not the case at all. But for the 32-year-old athlete, he felt confident in what he was doing for the Olympics in Beijing. According to the swimmer himself, his diet consisted of McDonald’s for all three meals of the day – breakfast, lunch and dinner. He also explained he has always been a fast food junkie, for the same reasons as the majority. “Anything I could go through a drive-through, I’d do it,” Lochte explained. “It could be anything from Big Macs to chicken nuggets to double cheeseburgers. I think I used to eat 8,000 to 10,000 calories a day. And now I’m more probably around 6,000 calories.”
He started talking about his new diet for the London Olympics which made a lot more sense. “I didn’t really think that knowing what you put in your body actually had an effect,” he said. His new diet consisted of bananas, yogurt, protein shakes, and scrambled eggs. That’s more like it. It was almost too good to be true to eat that much junk and look as steamy hot as he does.
10. He Delivered Pizza by Swimming
If he’s going to do something outrageous, it has to do with swimming. Apparently, Lochte swam about a hundred yards in the Hudson river for a promotion for Combos Pizza. He first jumped off a moving ferry and swam those one hundred yards with a backpack full of pizzeria pretzel flavored Combos. For the swimmer, he took it like a champ. “I thought it was going to be freezing but it wasn’t that bad,” Lochte explained. “It was a unique opportunity so I had to take it.” Knowing the medalist likes the world of business and doesn’t mind being the center of attention, Lochte was willing to accommodate Combos’ offer. “Combos came up with the idea of doing something epic. Doing something totally different. Delivering pizzeria pretzel Combos. I was like ‘sign me up.” According to USA Today, it was the most heroic task performed in the Hudson River since Captain Sully Sullenberger landed an Airbus 320 in January 2009.
9. He Still Pees In The Pool
Not too shocking, Ryan doesn’t think twice when he has to go in the pool, even if he is an Olympic swimmer. He is human after all so maybe we can give him a break for this one. In an interview with Ryan Seacrest, the gold medalist admitted to the on-air host that he has urinated in the pool just like everyone else. However, he made it clear it wasn’t during a game but rather when he was just warming up. “Of course,” Lochte told Seacrest after being asked about whether he has or not peed while swimming. “I think there’s just something about getting into chlorine water that you just automatically go. [I didn’t] during the races, but I sure did in warm-up.” It happens even to a pro. So the next time you happen to not hold back, don’t feel too guilty but at the same time, he’s not exactly the best idol to look up to so it’s best to just go with common courtesy.
8. Lochte The Basketball Player
Ryan started taking swimming seriously when he was 14 years old. His father was his instructor but his mother was the one who pushed him to be the best he can. Ever since, he’s accomplished going to the Olympics and becoming a 12-time medalist. However, if he didn’t make it as a swimmer, he would have pursued basketball. He explained to US Weekly if it wasn’t for his passion and accomplishments in swimming, he could’ve seen himself playing basketball. We could see the 32-year-old playing ball based on his well-built and well-taken care of physique. However, we can safely say we’ll never see him playing baseball as he once admitted he’s not a fan of the sport. But overall we think the pool is where he belongs. He just needs to get his act together so he can be more likable and an overall great athlete. After all, that’s what makes an athlete ultimately a great one-not only their performance but their character as well.
7. Fourth Man To Be On Vogue
Not a bad accomplishment. Ryan Lochte appeared on the 2012 cover of American Vogue alongside, or should we say in between, Hope Solo and Serena Williams. It wasn’t such a big surprise considering the Olympic swimmer caught the media’s eyes for his attractive looks with the New York Times pointing out his “twinkling blue eyes, aquiline nose and dimpled smile.” This was during the 2012 Olympics in London, which is when Lochte really grabbed everyone’s attention and not just for his looks. He came off as this “frat-boy” and stood out from the rest of the athletes including his competition, Michael Phelps. On the bright side, however, he joined George Clooney, Richard Gere, LeBron James, and Kanye West for being the first four males to appear on the cover of Vogue. Lochte’s cover had Solo and Williams by his arms, wearing swimsuits, and running on the beach. Yes, it was probably a dream for Lochte. Judging by his face, it seemed like he was having the time of his life.
6. He’s Not Good At Everything
Even as an Olympic gold medalist, Lochte has injured himself in a few accidents, making him just as clumsy as we all are. In 2010, the 32-year-old revealed he hurt himself while dancing and that in general, it seems common for him to get hurt easily. “I always end up getting hurt every year,” Lochte told ESPN in an interview. “Dancing was last year. The year before that, I fractured my shoulder. Year before that, I fractured my foot skateboarding.” He then went on to explain he fell off a tree playing hide-and-go-seek with his baby brother, resulting in a fractured shoulder. Lochte also thinks it’s funny just like everyone else does. “Actually, it’s hilarious, because I’m not supposed to be doing those things. But I’ve got to be able to do those kinds of things no matter what the consequences are.” According to Outside the Lines in 2013, Lochte had torn his knee, broken his foot and collarbone, and pulled his groin all within the past six years. This might make us feel a little better knowing even an elite athlete sometimes doesn’t know what they’re doing.
5. Lochte Is a Gangster Outside of the Pool
When he’s not swimming or training, he likes to show off a bit of his personality such as that one time he sported some grillz at the London Olympics. His custom-made American flag dental grillz reportedly cost $25,000. He got to connect with rapper Paul Wall and jeweler Johnny Dang who were responsible for the swimmer’s new look after winning a gold medal which got mixed reviews. He was asked to not wear them at the podium but in Lochte fashion, he thought it wouldn’t do any harm so he wore them loud and proud as he held his medal. Some people liked it, accepting it as part of his personality while others, such as designer Robert Tateossian, took it more seriously and thought it didn’t go with the image of the Olympics. He’s also been open about being a fan of Young Jeezy and Lil Wayne, who is responsible for Lochte’s favorite rhyme, “My flow can part the sea / The only thing on a mind of a shark is eat / By any means, and you’re just sardines.”
4. He Would Never Date Another Olympian
As we all know -and are curious about what she thinks of the whole incident- Lochte has a girlfriend who happens to be a playboy model. Kayla Rae Reid and Lochte have been dating since March and he’s already introduced her to his mother. Everyone is eager to learn what she has to say about what her Olympic boyfriend did, considering he told US Weekly that his partying ways were over and he was ready to settle down in his relationship. Well that didn’t go well. On another note though, he was asked if he would date another Olympian and he admitted that would never happen. “I could never, no! I mean, I just never really tried to go out and date,” Lochte said. “It just kind of happened, but now that I have someone it is stability and it is nice.” So it’s safe to say we won’t spot him being intimate with Hope Solo or Serena Williams any time in the future. But he did mention Hayden Panettiere is his celebrity crush so we’ll keep our eyes open for that one.
3. Brazil Was On His Bucketlist
Well it seems like Lochte got what he wanted but not really. In 2012, he revealed in an interview with US Weekly that Brazil was on his bucketlist of places to visit. We’re sure he was stoked about the Olympics being in Rio this year which, if you connect the dots, explains his controversial night out. He was partying the night away, celebrating his time there but things went too far when he ended up damaging property at the gas station then lied about what happened, playing the role of the victim. In what seemed like his go-to spot to travel to and have a good time turned to be the complete opposite. The country now has resentment towards the Olympic swimmer and pretty much doesn’t want him back. The 32-year-old has been charged by Brazilian authorities with falsely reporting a crime. The Rio police reported the news on Thursday (8/25). Since the incident occurred somewhere else other than the U.S., Lochte has been summoned to appear in court in Rio. However, he can send a lawyer but can face up to six months in jail if convicted. Life can turn around any second. The country he was looking most forward to visiting now looks at him like an enemy.
2. His Mother Takes Care of His Olympic Medals
The elite athlete explained that his mother is responsible for taking care of his Olympic medals. It makes sense since he’s been open about how she was a big part of why he pursued swimming and was successful at it. When it came to what happened in Rio, Lochte said he didn’t know how to talk to her. In fact, it all started when she spoke to a FOX reporter, without the knowledge of her being Lochte’s own mom. Ever since, the U.S. swimmer has been through a spin of series. It began when his mother, Ileana Lochte and reporter of FOX Australia, Ben Way, were talking on a bus at the Olympic Village. She then explained how her son was competing at the Games but was held at gunpoint the night before. Ileana went on to describe him as the guy with the bleached hair which caught the attention of the cameraman who asked her if her son was Ryan Lochte. She then replied yes and that’s where it all started. Way broke the news but later expressed how he truly felt about the whole thing. “She was honest, he was not,” he said. “And it’s hard to believe a son would put his own mother through that.”
1. Rehab Might Be An Option
In case you didn’t know already, Lochte revealed he was open to going to rehab after his big mistake in Rio. He certainly didn’t reject the idea but rather was genuinely thinking about checking in. Usually when celebrities get into big trouble, alcohol or drugs play a big role and one of the first steps consist of rehab. Although, Lochte has carried the reputation of a party/frat boy in the sports world, the world wasn’t ready to look at him as a possible candidate for addiction. We just thought he liked to go out for drinks on a “normal” level.
But when he spoke to the TMZ paparazzi, he took the idea seriously which got everyone else thinking, his drinking is probably more serious than we thought. “It’s definitely something that I’m gonna have to be more responsible about,” he told the cameramen. “Everything that happened in Rio, I’m gonna learn from it.” When asked about rehab or addiction counseling, he didn’t really say no. “I don’t know. I can’t answer that question right now. Right now, I need to just see my family and talk with them about it.” So the future is up in the air with rehab for Ryan Lochte and so is his reputation. The headline story will continue to break news in which we will all stay in tune for.