16 Things You Didn’t Know About Ryan Lochte

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1. Pablo Morales is his idol. Morales was the world record holder for the 100m butterfly from 1986-1995, and won the event at the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games.

2. He got serious about swimming at 14, when he lost at the Junior Olympics. As a youngster Lochte was more often found horsing around during practice than paying attention to the workout. That changed after a humbling performance at the J.O.’s as a 14 year old.

3. He graduated from the University of Florida in 2007. During Lochte’s time with the Gators he would be named NCAA swimmer of the year on two occasions while majoring in sports management.

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4. 3x FINA Swimmer of the Year. Since 2010 Lochte has been the FINA Male Swimmer of the Year three times, with Phelps taking the other title in 2012.

5. He raked in an estimated $2.3 million in 2012. Thanks in part to a solid line-up of sponsors, including Speedo, Gatorade, Nissan, Ralph Lauren and AT&T, Lochte earned just north of a cool $2 million the year of the London Olympics.

6. Lochte Inc. Aside from sponsorships, Lochte has also developed a core workout video, titled“Lochte Hardcore,” a video he created with his long-time trainer Matt DeLancey.

7. He does a heap of charity work. Lochte is very active with his philanthropy, donating time and money to numerous causes. The Mac Crutchfield Foundation, started for a 12 year old boy from Tallahassee who drowned during a rainstorm, is one of Lochte’s causes. The foundation puts on events, usually headlined by Lochte, to raise money for swim scholarships.

8. One of his idols snubbed him for an autograph when he was an age-grouper. As a 10 year old Lochte was denied an autograph by one of his swimming idols. As a result, he does everything he can to accommodate fan requests.

9. He’d love to meet the President. In a Q&A session he did with his followers on Twitter, Lochte was asked who the one person he’d want to meet that he hadn’t yet. His answer? The President.

10. His diet in Beijing was all Golden Arches. Lochte’s diet during the Beijing Games was McDonalds for “breakfast, lunch and dinner.” Lochte explained the choice by saying that he “was comfortable with that. I knew what I was getting.”

11. He swam across the Hudson River to deliver a pretzel pizza. Jumping off of a ferry in the murky Hudson River, with a pizza strapped to his back – seriously – Lochte swam the hundred yards or so to shore for a promotion for Combos Pizza.

12. His mortal enemy is not Michael Phelps, but scooters. Not once but twice has Lochte injured himself while wrecking scooters; once in the run-up to the 2007 World Championships, and again four years later before the 2011 FINA Worlds in Shanghai.

13. His dad coached him as a kid. His father Steve coached him as a youngster in Daytona Beach, where Ryan was more often found in the showers for being kicked out of practice.

14. Lochte guest starred on ’30 Rock.’ Just months after London, Lochte dipped his toes into the competitive waters of the entertainment industry by playing a version of himself on the hit NBC show 30 Rock. He would also appear on the CW’s 90210 playing himself, setting up his foray into reality television with What Would Ryan Lochte Do?

15. He is a Lil Wayne aficionado. Besides naming his dog Carter after the rapper, Lochte also had some lyrics over his bed in Gainesville from Weezy: “My flow is art, unique. 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.”

16. Despite not being known as an in-season swimmer, Lochte can unleash in-practice speed. Don Burton, head coach of the Guelph Marlins Aquatic Club took his swimmer Andrew Ford to train with Lochte and Gregg Troy in Florida two months before the US Olympic Trials in 2012. At the tail end of a week of training Troy had everyone do 6 x 100 all-out (long course meters) on 6 minutes. Lochte swam a 50.1 and 51.1 doing freestyle, and a 54.9 for a 100m butterfly.

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Also his first ever national cut was the mile….

Philip Johnson

Phelps was also a monster distance swimmer in his younger years. So there you go: if you want to develop a great all-round swimmer, you need that distance base (this is purely conjecture of course).


Agree 100%!!


Varsity Swimmer

Many high-level swimmers were “distance stars” as youngsters. MP and Lochte are the two biggest examples, but surely not the only two.

Ellie Gee

I think Natalie Coughlin fits into this category as well?


I think that’s right. I remember a late 90’s Kerr-McGee Pro-Am 400 IM that she just dominated!

Stay Human

Yeah she was a NAG record holder in the 4IM 13-14. She’s also been 4:37/4:08 in-season for the 500/400LCM, not bad.


If I remember correctly, she is the only swimmer to make the Sr Nat cut in all events long course and short course in the same year.


My guess is that Tracy Caulkins probably made all Sr. National cuts in one year as well, short and long course. At one point, I believe she held American records in all 4 strokes and IM.


The Super Sprint Tom Jaeger is also one


#9…. Seriously??

bobo gigi

I’d love to meet him too. He took a country collapsing (health system, auto industry, industry overall, finance system, housing, huge deficits, 2 wars with one useless and based on big liars….) Results of that huge 2007/2009 economic crisis after years of awful political choices: US unemployment rate was at 10% and budget deficits around 10%. 5 years later: US unemployment is today at 5.6 % and budget deficits at 2.8%. What’s the problem? For 5 years your economy is growing at a strong pace and your unemployment rate has fallen. Compare to Europe where choices have been awful. GDP growth average around 0% since 2008. Average unemployment rate is today around 10%. Even 11% in Euro Zone. You have… Read more »

Philip Johnson

You’re pretty privy on U.S. affairs aren’t you Bobo?


there are many facts Bobo is not adressing , but that doesn’t surpise me at all . U want to beleive what u want to see and u probably have never been to the Usa . So , u probably have never been to places that willl shock what u beleive to be real . I have been there and i know what u state is far from reality . But as we are all free to beleive what we want , go on beleiving what u feel ok . Surprises wait around the corner . I am having a good laugh here .


US educational system must not be great either. Check your spelling.

Cynthia mae Curran

I have learning disabilities that worked similar to dyslexia causing poor spelling.. Sometimes the spell check doesn’t know what you are talking about and you have to go to google.


Liberal swine.


Bobo, I love you man, but glad you can’t vote in this country. Very quickly: Obama will go down as the worst president in US history. Due to a combination of socialist ideology (policies) and incompetence, the man has done severe damage to the country. Almost every stat you have cited is inaccurate. For example, the unemployment “seems” low because so many people have simply dropped out of the workforce (stopped looking for jobs). The median household income is down. The economy is growing at an anemic rate due to over regulation such as Dodd Frank. Health care rates have gone up for everyone. Millions have lost their doctors (despite promises to the contrary). And the supreme court is likely… Read more »


Socialist??!! Radical?? Hilarious. Unless you’re being ironic, then I reverse what I said below. Even Lochte knows more about politics than that.


No irony this time. Yes, he actually taught a course on Saul Alinsky. Didn’t know that did you? Hence my point about the uninformed voter. There is some debate as to if Obama is a true socialist or a “statist.” Anyway, don’t want to give an online lecture in political science. But inform yourself before you comment.


Solid response Easyspeed ! i prefer your facts , they are more realistic and real .


Thank you buddy


That’s not a compliment easy. You can’t “prefer” facts.


Alinsky as socialist was a fallacy used as agit-prop during the ’08 and ’12 elections. Alinsky disdained political parties, ideologues, and especially, social workers and anti-poverty programs, etc.,which he found sedating, dehumanizing and disempowering. But he was a genius at organizing; even Mitt Romney’s centrist GOP father consulted him for that, as governor. Obama’s senate record was liberal, appropriate to the majority of his constituency, but presidentially he’s governed closer to the center, as he said he would in his books and campaign speeches. True socialists and other leftist radicals, especially those who didn’t listen carefully to his campaign messages, are extremely disappointed in him, more so than the general population, and probably as much as the radical right. I… Read more »

Cynthia mae Curran

Personality, Obama moved the taxes more to the left than Bill Clinton did. A smarter moved would be that Obama would lower the corporate tax like Bill Clinton and support a Vat tax like Western Europe. I myself have become tired of both parties I’m interested in the American Solidarity Party Party which is made up of Democratic pro-lifers. It just started 4 years ago. I started to get tired of the Republican Party in 2012 and found things that I don’t agree with on the Democratic party side. I like the Catholic idea of doing thing local first-both public and private than a highly centralized philosophy of governing like Obama or Sanders.


wow Easyspeed, I am not “privy on U. S. affairs” but man your post is an example of right-wing dogmatism if I ever saw one

Swimmer A

You’re dumb

Guys, again, unless actually relevant to the topic, please leave the politics out of the conversation.


How is politics not relevant? Your article introduced the point


Easy, stick to swimming. Your political comment is straight outta fox news.


Wow! And I was called out last discussion for being inflammatory and inappropriate on a “swimming” web site.


Actually, you are right. Sorry. No plans to make further political comments. But my man Bobo was so off his rocker on that one, couldn’t let it go unchallenged.

Justin Thompson

He saved the auto system? You should visit Detroit sometime and asked them how things are going. Once the wealthiest city in the nation this liberal utopia has people and companies abandoning the city to the point were vacant homes are being bull dozed. Corrupt politics killed this city.

GM is doing horrible while Ford (who didn’t take Barry’s help) is doing much better.

Gina Rhinestone

An annual budget deficit is not the same as total fed govt deficit . All national traumatic events cost a nation plenty eg 9/11 afganistan Iraq GFC . I wish to note that all relevant measures Bobo disapproves of here were voted by D&R s in Congress including Senator.Obama ( except Ron Paul) . Further TARP & 2/3 of the auto bailouts have been repaid . If in fact Bobo’s 2008-9 budget deficit were 100% of GDP that would have been 17 trillion bucks whoaaaaahhhh! . The real figure was 8% of GDP & $ 1416 billion of which TARP ./ bailouts were close to $1trillion. So for effect 2014 is back to 2007 levels – but still adding each… Read more »


Bobo, though I really do appreciate your ongoing support of both my country and our swimmers, I think the problem might be that you took the “bait” from Pac12Backer, and your rant, though well-intended, threatens to turn the thread into being more about politics than swimming.


You’re the man, Bobo


I wholeheartedly concur, Bobo! The problem with the US is that our citizens are never satisfied, they always want MORE. I think Americans could benefit from more focus on gratitude, and as unpopular as it is to say this right now, I’m grateful for the job our President has done, and I appreciate that the average American is better off now than when he took office. I realize this is not a political website, so I’ll leave it at that.


@ Bobo: my heartfelt condolences on the recent tragedy in Paris.


There are much more interesting Beings to meet on this planet in my opinion . I wish i had meet Nelson mandela for example but that’s a bit too late . I respect Ryan’s choice of course .

Justin Thompson

I wouldn’t want to meet any of the politicians including the president. You won’t find more corrupt and vile people anywhere on the planet.

How sad that I know all of these facts already. I need to take a break perhaps


Lol I was thinking the same thing, Manyi! We are swim nerds for sure. 😉 Oh wait, except #9 was slightly surprising as I saw him on his reality show and he seemed completely ignorant and uninterested in politics. Glad to see he is expanding his horizons a bit. ;-0


I wouldn’t say he’s completely ignorant of politics – he has gone to Capitol Hill several times and spoken with senators and congressmen and even maybe during a congressional session to continue to work on funding concerns for Duchenne’s Muscular Dystrophy.


Yeah I saw that episode of his show; yeah you’re right that he’s not completely ignorant. But up until that point, in the episode where they covered that, he didn’t know much and didn’t even try to hide it. They showed him meeting with some women in D.C. and he didn’t even know basic political info that even many kids would know, and said that wasn’t really his “thing”. But as I said last year, I’m glad he’s expanding his horizons. It couldn’t hurt U.S. Swimming to have top swimmers with political connections, regardless of what party they’re from. I seem to remember a few former swimmers running for elected office too, trying to remember who. I think they were… Read more »

#LOCHTENATION is a very strong force, hehe! I do take breaks every now and then (when there are other events/sports going on that require my attention), but in the end, it’s of no use.

As for the Lil Wayne thing: that one t-shirt he at times wears and which was available for a while that has “LISTEN TO RYAN LOCHTE” is actually ‘stolen’ from Weezy (yep) as well – it appears in a video of the rapper and reads LISTEN TO LIL WAYNE. Bless you, Reezy, for being so adorkable (and I say that lovingly).

About Olivier Poirier-Leroy

Olivier Poirier-Leroy

Olivier Poirier-Leroy has been involved in competitive swimming for most of his life. Starting off at the age of 6 he was thrown in the water at the local pool for swim lessons and since then has never wanted to get out. A nationally top ranked age grouper as both a …

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