Lochte Reveals 2021 Olympic Trials Schedule: GMM presented by SwimOutlet.com

Gold Medal Minute presented by SwimOutlet.com“If there was an 800 IM at the Olympics, I would be swimming it,” Ryan Lochte said, providing insight into his training ahead of the 2021 summer.

12-time Olympic medalist Ryan Lochte is firmly in Coach Gregg Troy‘s clutches. This is positive. The recipe is old, well proven, and Lochte’s training with a world-class crew which includes Caeleb Dressel, arguably the most talented swimmer on earth.

Lochte gets real in this GMM takeover of the SwimSwam podcast, and I’m bullish on Lochte’s prospects next summer after talking with him.  We covered a lot of territory, so there is much to unpack here.

“At this point, with all of the work I’m doing,’ Lochte said regarding his 2021 Olympic Trials schedule, “400 and 200 IM, 200 back, 200 free, 100 fly…” You heard it here. Everything is on the table as of  October 2020. I pushed back saying no one would fault him for dropping the 400 IM.  Lochte dug-in regarding his schedule, saying “Yeah, the normal.”

Lochte, notorious for swimming slowly in-season, will race at the U.S. Open unrested. “I won’t race in a training suit. I will suit-up (in a TYR techsuit), but I’m tired (from Troy training).”

Lochte’s 36 years old, but 2020 will not be his last Olympics attempt. Lochte is well aware that Dara Torres had her best Olympic Games at 41, and that she competed four more years, nearly making Team USA in her mid-forties.  Lochte bottom-lined his answer explaining that he’s the happiest when he is training. Moreover, he added that after the 2021 Olympics, he’ll take a trip with his family for a few weeks, then get back into water to start allover again.

Training with Caeleb Dressel, according to Lochte, is fun.  Lochte can take him if the repeats are on a tight interval, but Lochte warns, “If he (Dressel) gets any amount of rest…” then Lochte’s eyes got big, surely meaning you can’t catch the 50m freestyle World Champion.  (Side note: NBC should have Lochte provide commentary on Dressel’s events just to mix things up. Lochte’s got insights that entertain!)

Has Lochte considered his life after he hangs up his trunks?  He has, and it makes sense. Lochte will stay close to his swimming family. He plans to own his own swim club and run a global swimming clinic series. Lochte laughed, adding “I’ll bring back the old guys, Michael Phelps, Aaron Peirsol…”

Lochte loves Aaron Peirsol, crediting Peirsol with teaching him how to be “chill” at competitions.  When I asked if he loves him so much then why did he break Perisol’s 200 back world record in 2007, Lochte smiled, “When the gun goes off, all bets are off.”

Those are the highlights. My big takeaway is that Lochte appears to be very happy living and training in Gainesville.  After his 200 IM win at U.S. Nationals last summer, carrying 20-25 extra pounds, he’s dangerous next summer at the 2021 U.S. Olympic Trials.  I did not think 400 IM was on the table, but considering Coach Gregg Troy‘s mantra of doing honest work, it appears Troy’s going back to basics with Lochte. In sum, 400 IM really is on Lochte’s schedule.

Final thought — and I do want to hear your opinions in the comments. Based on Lochte’s win last summer, I think he’s a 1:55 in 200 IM solely because he’s 20-25 pounds lighter.   I swam, at my worst, seven pounds heavier, and it cost me 1.6 seconds in the 200m butterfly. What do you think? 

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Togger
30 days ago

Dressel more talented than Ledecky? To me it is arguable, but I think it’s a short argument.

Togger
Reply to  Gold Medal Mel Stewart
30 days ago

For me, it’s her sheer range that clinches it.

Everyone is, rightly, amazed when Dressel does a verging on world class 200 fly/free at a pro swim.

But Ledecky had one of the fastest 100 splits in the field at the Olympics, a competition where if it had been swum she would have won the 1500 by the best part of a length (more?). We’re so used to it because she’s so consistent, but I think we all sometimes forget how transcendent she is.

M d e
Reply to  Togger
30 days ago

Dressel has multiple strokes and Ledecky is only free.

It’s closer than some seem to think.easy to make a case for either swimmer.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  M d e
30 days ago

Ledecky can do a 400 LCM IM. Dressel, not so much.

Ledeckylover
Reply to  M d e
30 days ago

Ledecky is not necessarily only free, even though that’s what she swims. Let’s not forget she did have the NCAA record in the 400 IM at one point.

Sophie
Reply to  M d e
30 days ago

I think Ledecky could be an elite level 400IMer if she trained it more. She randomly swam it in college and really threw us all for a loop!

Kim
Reply to  Gold Medal Mel Stewart
30 days ago

If you win a Olympic gold medal at the age of 15, that’s just talent

Sun Yangs Hammer
Reply to  Kim
30 days ago

Female swimmers develop far earlier tho

Joe
Reply to  Sun Yangs Hammer
30 days ago

It’s true, which makes the achievements of Phelps/Thorpe at that young age that little bit more impressive than Ledecky/Ye Shiwen/Meilutyte etc.

15 for girls is probably equivalent to 17/18 for the guys. Don’t get me wrong, still mightily impressive all the same.

Jeannie
Reply to  Joe
29 days ago

The male-female age equivalency argument no longer holds up in today’s competition.The average age for a woman on the U.S. swim team in 2016 was 22.6. There has been only been one woman–Ledecky–who has won individual Olympic gold medals in consecutive Olympics recently when she was 15 and 19 respectively. Each time she was the youngest female athlete on the U.S. swim team. Phelps and Thorpe NOT winning at an Olympics at age 15, and Thorpe winning one individual Olympic gold at age 18 is not “more impressive” than Ledecky’s achievements at ages far younger than average.

Togger
Reply to  Jeannie
29 days ago

Thorpe won Worlds at 15. Ledecky’s amazing, but I don’t think you can hold it against him that he was a bit too young for Atlanta. He won the elite senior competition that year when he was 15.

Skoorbnagol
Reply to  Togger
30 days ago

Ledecky is a one trick pony that is conditioned to the max. All rate.
What she has achieved is incredible.
But for me Dressel is a superior swimmer and more talented, with his range of skills and his relationship with the water and races higher quality competition.

RMS
Reply to  Skoorbnagol
30 days ago

Did you forget she once owned the women’s 400 IM (yards) American record?

Seattle
Reply to  RMS
30 days ago

Ledecky has actually owned the 400 IM SCY record on two separate occasions (2017, 2018). Ledecky’s also set and re-set World Records 14 times across three LCM individual events. Dressel has broken a WR once in one LCM individual event.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Seattle
29 days ago

And he’s still without an individual Olympic medal, much less a stack of golds.

Unknown Swimmer
Reply to  Togger
30 days ago

I think pure athletic talent, is Dressel, and strong point in his favor on ability to translate to all strokes. Ledecky is the same stroke but dominance across more distances…tough choice.

Dan
Reply to  Togger
29 days ago

Dressel and Ledecky are both extremely talented for different things. Ledecky is the best in the world from 400-1500. She is in the mix with best in the world in the 200, and she is world class at the 100. She probably has a world class 400 IM in her as well. She has quite the range. Dressel is flat out dominant in shorter races, and he could probably be among the best in the 200 IM, 200 free, and 100 breast if he focused on those. I think with Dressel’s build and other gifts, he could probably be a professional in other sports. Both are incredibly tough. They both attack their races. They both seem to have an incredible… Read more »

Sqimgod
Reply to  Togger
3 days ago

Without a doubt dressel is more talented. He can swim more strokes and has great starts and turns. Ledecky is just really good at freestyle

The unoriginal Tim
30 days ago

I believe he can do 1:55 again but not if he takes on that full schedule. I believe he will do the work and be ready but I don’t see that schedule at 36/37. He surely has to do either 2IM or 2back.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Gold Medal Mel Stewart
30 days ago

Depends on what Casas is doing in LCM. Murphy is a lock in the 200 back, but the #2 slot is wide open. If Casas starts doing what it looks like he’ll do in LCM, he’ll be a lock, too, and that’ll be a deterrent to Lochte. Sorry Pebs.

Will 37
Reply to  Gold Medal Mel Stewart
29 days ago

I had a chance to watch the florida mid-d group train for a little bit last year. They would do sets like 20×100 fly on a regular basis. Rare to see in any programs today.

WIN
Reply to  The unoriginal Tim
30 days ago

With foster going those times not much room even for papa gator

Tyson
Reply to  The unoriginal Tim
30 days ago

Agreed he should choose one or the other Mitch Larkin said he’d only choose one due to the small time between both the final of the 200bk and 200im I think lochte should be thinking the same

Last edited 30 days ago by Tyson
hmmm
Reply to  Tyson
30 days ago

Especially when you look at what happened in 2012. I truly believe if he hadn’t done the 200 back he would’ve been under 1:54, especially after how dominant he was in the 400 IM.

THEO
30 days ago

“I need pizza!” is a pretty good Lochte quote

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Gold Medal Mel Stewart

MEL STEWART Jr., aka Gold Medal Mel, won three Olympic medals at the 1992 Olympic Games. Mel's best event was the 200 butterfly. He is a former World, American, and NCAA Record holder in the 200 butterfly. As a writer/producer and sports columnist, Mel has contributed to Yahoo Sports, Universal Sports, …

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