Olympic Swimmer Ryan Lochte Held Up at Gunpoint in Rio de Janeiro

Update: An IOC spokesperson says that the reports from Ben Way are “absolutely not true” according to the Associated Press, according to Lochte and the USOC. We have reached out to both sides for comment, but have been unable to reconcile the conflicting reports, despite multiple outlets having received the news from Lochte’s mother independently.

Update 2: Ben Way, who initially broke the news, is standing by what he was told by Lochte’s mom.

Update 3: Both Ryan Lochte and representatives of Thiago Pereira have confirmed the incident. Read more here.

Original report:

Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte was held up at gunpoint in the wee hours of the night in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil after the conclusion of the swimming events late Friday.

Lochte had been invited to a party by star Brazilian swimmer Thiago Pereira along with 3 teammates who have not yet been identified.

The 32-year old was safely returned to the USA Swimming camp after the ordeal, and called his mother Ileana immediately after being released. She called the ordeal “terrifying.”

Ben Way of Fox Sports in Australia broke the news within the last hour:

The four-time Olympian is the second most decorated swimmer in history behind Michael Phelps. He is the holder of 6 Olympic gold medals, including one from this year where he won gold as part of the Americans’ 800 free relay. He missed the podium in his other event, the 200 IM.

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Lane Four
5 years ago

How many athletes and coaches does that make now who have been robbed or assaulted?

Irish Ringer
Reply to  Lane Four
5 years ago

It’s too bad they have all the crime because the countries natural resources are beautiful, minus the trash in the water, but again that’s a people problem.

Emanuele
Reply to  Irish Ringer
5 years ago

Pretty much the same within american city ghetto, right?
When I went to Rio I never had this kind of problem, but I always stay in cool side of the city and take hotel’s taxi. So maybe “it’s not the smartest idea to go places you’re unsure of.”

Cheatinvlad
Reply to  Emanuele
5 years ago

No, not the same. An American Ghetto City doesn’t have beautiful natural resources like mountains, beaches, forests, if it did it wouldn’t be a Ghetto. To your point though, Chicago is a good example. There are nice parts of the city and there are parts you don’t want to go to. Not sure why these guys thought it was a good idea to go outside the village.

scott
5 years ago

Unbelievable. This is turning into the worst olympic venue ever. I wonder how many infections will be identified after these olympians compete in their disgusting waters, including the diving well. Yes the diving well, which apparently baffles scientists in Brazil because they claim controlling algae in pools is not an exact science. I feel sorry for Brazilians. Such a laughable venue that cost so much money to build and will be abandoned after the paraolympics.

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  scott
5 years ago

IT will eventually put them in a deep economic recession – just wait one year to see this happening ( like in Venezuela ) !!!

ddu
Reply to  ERVINFORTHEWIN
5 years ago

Econmic problem is popular around the world ,not just only brazil

Halo
Reply to  ERVINFORTHEWIN
5 years ago

You’re not wrong, but venezuela isn’t a good example… Greece? Maybe. Everyone forgets that in 2009, Brazil was booming, just cleared a bunch of corrupt officials, and oil was king. When oil dived, their economy did too ( like venezuela). So you’re not wrong? But your argument sucks?

GOYULIA
Reply to  Halo
5 years ago

Brazil economy is a one trick pony like Lily King 🙂

Stay Human
Reply to  GOYULIA
5 years ago

Thankfully, Efimova’s a 2-trick pony–busted not once twice for doping, great job! Also lost twice-both her races! As for all the boos she got and losing both her races–karma, babe.

GOYULIA
Reply to  Stay Human
5 years ago

Two individual silver medals to go with those World Championships. Not bad considering the witch hunt and all the nonsense she had to deal with. God forbid someone buy a supplement at GNC or take a medication that their federation teaches them will offset the harmful effects of heavy training.

Of course you don’t know any of that so believe what you will.

5wimmer
5 years ago

i’m pretty sure dwyer was with them per his snapchat

Sir Swimsalot
5 years ago

Rio was a TERRIBLE decision for a Olympic location. Too many cons.

Joel Lin
5 years ago

Olympic Village, dining hall and the Olympic sports venues only. C’mon guys, you know better. Thank God everyone is safe.

RJ Cid
Reply to  Joel Lin
5 years ago

young, single, in brasil….. yea not happenin joel….

Halo
Reply to  RJ Cid
5 years ago

Lochte is 32… Dwyer isn’t too far behind… and this isn’t their first rodeo. But we all know lochte isn’t the brightest and has run into other issues because of hours choices. Breaking bones skateboarding, that tv show, etc… he’s always lacked maturity.

Yada
Reply to  Halo
5 years ago

Criticizing the maturity of others is in itself immature. Whoa paradox. But in all seriousness you sound kinda jealous

Victor P
Reply to  Halo
5 years ago

So you’re saying that Lochte shouldn’t have trusted Thiago Perreira’s judgment, a Brazilian, regarding the safety of the locale he was going to, and that he should expect to be robbed while riding a taxi in a city that has purportedly increased security specifically for these games? Very unrealistic on your part. This could have happened to anyone and clearly it’s been happening to multiple athletes at these games. Look it up.

Luc Gelinas
5 years ago

No one cares about what the IOC says. They have no credebility whatsoever. They only want to protect their image and that of the Rio games. Giving the olympics to a “third world country” was not the best idea in the first place. Just my opinion.

Leonardmatt
5 years ago

Wtf

Leonardmatt
5 years ago

Noo ryann 🙁 everyone makes fun of him for being dumb and even though he is

Reply to  Leonardmatt
5 years ago

He’s not dumb. I won’t say he doesn’t come off as dumb in interviews sometimes because he messes up his words. But away from the camera… He has a degree from UF.

Rajon
Reply to  Leonardmatt
5 years ago

Himbo

Lorca
Reply to  Leonardmatt
5 years ago

Lochte is the only one who doesn’t give you a typical “athlete talk” in interviews. And maybe he messes up, but it’s because he is genuine and his answers are unscripted. He is the only one I enjoy listening to. You can hear his regret if he doesn’t do well and his joy if he does. Most all other athletes answer like they are programmed robots.

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