Ryan Lochte Says Reality Show Will Impede His Practices for Only 8 Weeks

Lochte’s reality show is getting a lot of ink, and at the Orlando Grand Prix he spoke very candidly about the impact the production is having on his training. It was more of a conversation Lochte would have with swimmers, coaches and the community rather than a soundbite on the red carpet in Hollywood.  Swim fans may be critical of anything that pulls the 11-time Olympic medalist away from training for 8 weeks, but consider that this guy’s been logging thousands of miles in the pool since well before the 2004 Olympic Games. A break might do him good, even though filming the show isn’t a break. As Lochte states, he’s getting in four or more pool practices a week and heavy dryland training.

Lochte’s Orlando Grand Prix results as reported by SwimSwam last night:

Men’s 200 IM

Ryan Lochte came out on top for the first time in Orlando, finishing first in the men’s 200m IM. World Record Holder Lochte had a tough battle with Tyler Clary but was able to get the better of him during the last 100 finishing in 2:01.32 to Clary’s 2:02.91. Lochte’s Daytona Beach teammate Conor Dwyer finished third in 2:03.39. 

Men’s 200 Backstroke

Clary and Lochte faced off again later in the evening in the 200m backstroke. 2012 Olympic champion Tyler Clary defeated a close field to take the win in 1:57.85. Yannick Lebherz finished behind him in 1:59.31 followed by up-and-comer Ryan Murphy in 1:59.92. Lochte, not particularly focusing on the 200m backstroke during the grand prix meets this year finished far back in fifth with a time of 2:01.32.

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OK, Ry. Can we get a pinkie swear on that? 🙂

Personal opinion – it’s so easy for people to automatically misinterpret the fact that Ryan isn’t always winning to mean that he’s losing steam or he isn’t ‘as good as he once was.’ Sure he’s got distractions with the show and whatever else he has going on in his personal life, but let’s not forget that he cleaned up at Worlds. I think it’s very obvious that even though winning is nice, that is not his main intention with these Grand Prix meets…

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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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