4-Time Olympian Ryan Lochte Suffers Torn Meniscus, Undergoes Surgery

by Spencer Penland 22

August 13th, 2021 News

12-time Olympic medalist Ryan Lochte has suffered a torn meniscus. Lochte and his wife, Kayla Lochte, each posted on their Instagram accounts this morning, saying that Ryan has undergone a successful surgery to repair the torn cartilage.

 

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In Kayla’s post, she seems to indicate that Lochte tore his meniscus playing on an inflatable water slide with his children. We don’t know that this was the water slide in question, however, Lochte did post a video of himself going down an inflatable water slide on his IG account 3 weeks ago.

 

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Lochte, 36, competed at the U.S. Olympic Trials in June, where he qualified for finals in the men’s 200 IM, but finished 7th, falling short of qualifying for his 5th Olympic Games. He also raced the 200 free, finishing 25th in prelims. Lochte sat for a press conference following the 200 IM final, in which he stated that while he was disappointed with the swim, he was at peace with the results.

Here is an excerpt from that press conference:

I think I’ve said this millions of times, I will quit swimming when I stop having fun. I love this sport. It’s gotten me to places that I have never — that people dream about. So I’m very grateful for that. I’m still having fun, I’m finding different ways of making swimming fun again. I still want to race, but as far as another Olympic Trials, I don’t know about that. I will be 40. That’s pushing it. We’ll see. Anything can happen. I could take years off and come back and be stronger than ever, who knows. 

His answer from that press conference seems to indicate that Lochte intends to continue racing as long as he’s enjoying it. The meniscus tear will be a setback to his swimming, but after Trials, Lochte also spoke about how he now feels the relief of getting to race with no expectations placed on him.

While Lochte was hesitant in committing to the 2024 Olympic Trials, there are plenty of other racing opportunities where we may see him compete, if he does in fact continue to race. The TYR Pro Swim Series meets seem like a likely candidate, for example. As far as the setback caused by Lochte’s torn meniscus, it’s not the first physical setback he’s experienced recently. In August of 2020, exactly a year ago, Lochte had to undergo appendix surgery.

Lochte also has a history of knee injuries. In 2013, he experienced a knee injury wherein he tore his MCL and sprained his ACL after trying to save a fan who had tripped while approaching him. Before that, he experienced minor knee injuries resulting from a scooter crash in 2011. He also had training interruptions throughout 2010 due to knee pain/injury.

As for his career accomplishments, Lochte is a 4-time Olympian, and a 12-time Olympic medalist. He has won 6 gold, 3 silver, and 3 bronze medals across the 2004, 2008, 2012, and 2016 Olympics. He’s also won 27 LC World Championships medals, and 38 SC World Champs medals. Lochte is the current World Record-holder in the men’s LCM 200 IM, with a time of 1:54.00. His rivalry with Michael Phelps in the 200 IM was legendary.

Lochte has also served 2 suspensions during his career: one for an infamous incident at a gas station in Rio de Janeiro in 2016, and the other for an anti-doping rules violation in 2018. He came back from the latter suspension in excellent form. In his first race after returning from his suspension, a 34-year-old Lochte won the US National Title in the 200 IM at the 2019 U.S. Summer Nationals meet. His time of 1:57.76 ranked him 12th in the world for 2019.

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Joel Lin
1 year ago

Jeah never sleeps.

Ol' Longhorn
1 year ago

Bet he didn’t need anesthesia, because he has “a high pain for tolerance.”

DJTrockstoYMCA
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
1 year ago

Haters gonna hate

Ol' Longhorn
1 year ago

Is this the same knee he injured back around 2015 when the fan jumped on him and he couldn’t do breaststroke forever in training in the run-up to Rio? At that time he deferred surgery. I remember warmup footage in Rio of Marsh having him have to do breast pull with dolphin kick because his knee was hurting.

thezwimmer
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
1 year ago

I thought that was in 2013/14 (right before he left Florida)?

Deepblue
1 year ago

Guy is literally a 7 year old living in a 37 year old body. You just can’t hate him no matter what he does.

PhillyMark
1 year ago

I had one of those water slides recently and was just counting the seconds until someone broke a leg or dislocated a hip

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  PhillyMark
1 year ago

Pro-tip: when in the midst of a bunch of kids running around having a great time, never lock your knees.

Bevo
1 year ago

Slow news day?

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Bevo
1 year ago

I see you MP.

13-0
Reply to  Bevo
1 year ago

TROLOLOLOL

Steve Nolan
1 year ago

Jaww 🙁

Notanyswimmer
1 year ago

There needs to be a legends league in ISL. Imagine having Phelps, Lochte, Lezak, Jones, Grevers, Adrian, Cseh, Ervin, etc. all racing each other like it’s the 2000s again.

PhillyMark
Reply to  Notanyswimmer
1 year ago

Thorpe, pvdh, cavic

The unoriginal Tim
Reply to  PhillyMark
1 year ago

Thorpe can’t swim crawl anymore due to major complications of shoulder surgery.

Last edited 1 year ago by The unoriginal Tim
Erik
Reply to  The unoriginal Tim
1 year ago

And Lochte can’t either do to that IV debacle.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  The unoriginal Tim
1 year ago

Neither can MA after 150 meters. He actually “crawls”.