Olympic Star Ryan Lochte Returns: GMM presented by SwimOutlet.com

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Ryan Lochte, 12-time Olympic medalist, was back in action at 33 years old at the U.S. Open. His performance was ok.   He’s just getting back into the pain. We’ll call this his grace period. His 100m back was 55.16,  and in 200 IM he turned in a 1:59.24. Rumors circulated that Lochte had not been doing that much training, which he confirmed.  He said he’s only been in the pool once or twice per week.

Well into his 30s, can Lochte make a serious run at the elite level this quad? I think so. After his Rio appearance and after the birth of his son, Caiden, Lochte says he has a new fire burning.  Based on the reaction at the U.S. Open, he has a lot of fan support as well.

What do you think? If Lochte can make his mark, what events offer the best window of opportunity and what times does he need to put on the board?

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This is a Gold Medal Media production presented by SwimOutlet.com. Host Gold Medal Mel Stewart is a 3-time Olympic medalist and the co-founder of SwimSwam.com, a Swimming News website.

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Swimmer A

Why doesn’t Mel do any predictions anymore?

GMM

I did all summer… Not going to in Aug, after competition for the season is over

GMM

…and my predictions on Dressel were off, way off. Need to dive deep on data before the NCAA season starts…

Pvdh

I think we were all off on that. How many times have we ever seen such a surge in a single year for a guy? Phelps 06 to 07 maybe.

PACFAN

I predicted Dressel going 50.3 in June i think…

Swimmer?

Well Phelps was dropping tons in 200s, when Dressel dropped almost/more in 100s

AEswimfan

Hey Mel don’t be to hard on yourself. No one could’ve predicted Dressel. I’m more impressed with your Simone time and place in the 100 free being spot on!

GMM

That was pure luck. (I’m still in awe of Sjostrom’s 51.7.)

CROOKED HILLARY

Lochte was clearly out of shape at the US Open and still managed a 1:59. I believe if he gets back to some serious training he can be 1:55 which puts him in the thick of things.

AWSI DOOGER

Nope. A 4 second adjustment is too much at his age. He won’t see 1:55 again

PVSFree

I wouldn’t say it’s too much when he’s only training one day a week

GMM

Seem reasonable. Agreed!

THEO

He’s got a decent shot at 200IM individual and 800free relay, like last time. Probably nothing else. But second place for the 2IM in 2020 Olympic trials could be as slow as 1:56. And I think lochte can do that, even at such old age. He is a master at that race. 200 free spots are harder to predict but it is possible that he might be able to do it. Regardless, he could definitely make SCM world teams in multiple events and have a big impact.

Steve Nolan

stop stop stop stop

Tryna predict times for 2020 is bonkers. How many people had somebody goin’ under 50 in the 100 fly this year?

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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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